Intro to Poetry, Day 7: Flavour Part 2 (Guest Poet)

Found Poem by H. Julian
Source: Chickadee and Canadian Living Magazines

Notes: Today while I was working on my Found Poem, my eldest son took an interest and decided he’d like to give it a try too. I gave him a few pointers and he got to work. I asked him if they ever read or wrote poetry in school. He said no, the only poetry he had heard was in our house when I read it to him. This made me kind of sad. I think it’s important for young children to learn poetry. I know that teachers are overloaded with things they are expected to teach, but I really hope that the Arts are not sacrificed as a response to this pressure. In the meantime, I plan to have more poetry writing (and reading) sessions with my son this summer since we both enjoyed the experience.

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Intro to Poetry, Day 7: Flavour

Found Poem, 07/22/2017 Source: Canadian Living Magazine

Found Poem, 07/22/2017 Source: Canadian Living Magazine

Notes: Today’s theme was “Flavour” and the challenge was to write a Found Poem, which is kind of like a collage with words. Found poetry is one of my favourite forms of poetry and I use it a lot in my research, but it’s been a while since I actually physically cut and pasted a poem onto paper. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Intro to Poetry, Day 6: Screen

facebook

facebook (Photo credit: sitmonkeysupreme)

Facebook:
A place to share your life with
Friends,
Family,
Co-workers.

Many status updates seem to infer that:
Everything is super positively hunky-dory
ALL THE TIME!!!!
(regardless of actual truth)
I LOVE (insert heart or smiley here)
My family!
My friends!!
My co-workers!!

This one was different–
A status updating
Friends,
Family,
Co-workers.
A note with a final goodbye.
Comments made below
Couldn’t save him.

Facebook:
The  place he shared his death
With
His family,
His friends,
His colleagues.

We need more
Than likes and shares
More than
Emoji representing how we feel
(or how we present ourselves as feeling)
More than
Facebook.

We need
People to share our lives with.

Originally written: 11/28/2013; Edited: 07/21/2017

Notes: Today’s topic was “screen” and  the challenge was to try to use enjambment, something that is in almost all of my poems, so it wasn’t that difficult of a challenge for me. However, it was a crazy, busy day so today’s poem is actually a re-post of a poem. I wrote it a few years ago after learning that a kind, gentle friend of my partner’s had died by suicide after leaving a goodbye message on Facebook. I wrote the poem to try to work through some of what I was feeling. As I re-read it today, I feel many of the same feelings I felt four years ago. Writing poetry helps me process information, but the processing is ongoing.

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Intro to Poetry, Day 5: Imperfect

Reflecting back on my life
I think about times of strife:
Was I always this sad?
It can’t all have been bad.
Then again, maybe I should hide my sharp knife.

Photo posted on Twitter by Urban Decay.

Photo posted on Twitter by Urban Decay.

Notes: Today’s theme was “Imperfect” and the challenge was to write a limerick. I had no trouble with the theme–I write a lot about my imperfections, but writing a limerick was an interesting challenge. I might try it again sometime.

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Intro to Poetry, Day 4: Journey

I loved you once.
You loved me once.
Or so we said.
But that didn’t keep us from
Being unfaithful to one another.

Why wasn’t love enough?
Was it that we didn’t love
Hard enough?
Long enough?
Or was it that we didn’t love at all?

Love—
A word we threw around without thought
Or care
Or understanding.
“I love you” we’d say.

“I love you” acted like
A marker in our relationship
We thought of it as a
Talisman,
A protective shield of sorts.

It didn’t work that way for us.
We loved.
Or so we thought.
We tried to fix what was broken.
Or so we thought.

What went wrong?
Did we not try
Hard enough?
Long enough?
Or were we too broken to be fixed?

I loved you once.
You loved me once.
“I love you” we said
As we went our separate ways
But did we really?

Whenever I think about love,
I think of you and wonder
If you think of me
When you think about love–
And the “I” and the “You” that
We once were
Together.

Notes: Today’s theme was “Journey” and the challenge was to include a simile. I think I did okay on this one.

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Intro to Poetry, Day 3: Friend

What can I say about a friend like you?
Except that you keep me sane and somewhat
Likeable and definitely make me easier to
Live with and be around.
But know that you are not my first choice of friend.
Understand that I don’t mean to criticize and that I am genuinely
Thankful for your presence but also know that I am
Resentful of having to depend on you so much.
I wish sometimes that I could just let you go but I can’t because I
Need you, especially if I want to have any other friends.

Notes: Today’s theme was “Friend” and I the challenge was to write an acrostic poem, which I managed to succeeded in doing. I found it impossible to write a poem around this theme without it sounding either incredibly cheesy or like I hadn’t just ripped off a Hallmark card. And when is this Writer’s Block ever going to end? I thought this poetry course would help with that, and maybe it has but right now I just find anything I write to be really terrible and thinking about that fact is super depressing. Maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow. Here’s hoping.

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Intro to Poetry, Day 2: Faces

Do you remember the last time we
Explored each other’s faces in the darkness–
Astounded by each eyelash, and by the soft, smooth lips as we
Reached for one another?

And do you also remember how you said that you
Never meant to hurt me but that there was another
Girl waiting for you in the darkness–
Expecting you to come home?
Laying your hand on my face you brushed
Away my tears for the last time.

Note: Today’s topic was ‘Face” which I found really difficult. I thought the challenge was to write an acrostic poem (which I did) but now that I’ve double checked, I realize that I was completely wrong and the actual challenge was to use alliteration, which isn’t as prevalent in my poem as it might have been had I been trying. The best examples of alliteration that I can see are in the first stanza: the final “s” sound repeated in “faces in the darkness” and also in the third line “each eyelash” and “soft, smooth” but it was all unintentional. I have this sinking feeling that tomorrow’s challenge will be to write an acrostic and I’m not sure if I should write another one or reverse the days and try for alliteration tomorrow? What would you do? I guess we’ll see what the theme is.

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