03 October 2014

ten-minute poem





racing blue 
flower jeans in bloom
and there is white trim 
on the floors, ceilings, arches, doors
of her room
which is on a 
winding, tree-lined road.

here, things let loose
get lost -- 
like ducks and dogs --
and little toes that
stroll across the lot
and herself,
parts she didn't know

...were, 

that could be lost. 

(were they bits like
odds and ends? 
which side -- 
the one that takes 
or gives, 
which side --
that closes
or cleaves?) 

breath is 
concave-in, 
convex-out. 
she wears alabaster
dresses always. 
these are the things
you can count on, 
since you cannot count
upon the sea -- 
wily, watery 
changeling thing. 

this shore and I --
the precipice of sea --
which gusts the gales 
of water over me. 

inside, a menagerie of things:
a quiet clock, 
striped linen sheets, 
and in a vase, dried-up --
hydrangeas, leaves -- 
a deer in brass, 
a goldfish,
hammer, 
a toy silver top.

and the insular life
breathes, broods, self-breeds
in piles of dirtied dresses
lain like piecemeal plateaus 
which spill from suitcases, 
or in that balmy breeze 
that breaks through 
bedroom windows 
left ajar. 

arc-shape
specimens real and not
which are parabolas 
of lives lived in places
where you used to live,
but now live not. 




Note: this is a ten-minute poem, which is an exercise I like to do from time to time. I set the clock, and write and write in stream of consciousness, until -- beep, beep!  This piece is formless, incomplete -- meant more as a generative exercise. If ever you find yourself inflicted with a terrible bout of writer's block...I recommend writing a ten-minute poem. 

7 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. And what a creative exercise, I would love to try it out!
    xo Rachelle // Beloved Bluebird

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  2. I love it and such a great exercise. My professor does something similar to this in class every morning in Creative Writing.

    xx
    Chelsea// The Social Rundown

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  3. i am so impressed with this. you are an absolutely beautiful writer!

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  4. This is absolutely stunning. <3

    xx Nicole Rose

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  5. This is amazing! I will try this exercise some time. :) Thanks for sharing! Your work is great.

    Sammie
    sammiethestargirl.blogspot.com

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