a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Poet's Sleep

                                                                       Poet's Sleep, 1989, by Chang Houg Ahn     
Tess Kincaid prompts us to create words inspired by her picture of choice.  The Mag is a weekly challenge at Magpie Tales.  Join the fun or just enjoy the writings of others.  Either way you will not be disappointed.
As the poet sleeps
Skulls of discarded words
Gather and cry
"Why not me?"
As the poet sleeps
Words lay like stones
To be crafted
Into a poetical statue
As the poet sleeps
He dreams
People will read
Enjoy his words

As the poet wakes
He fears
There is nothing
But skulls and rocks.

38 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like it!

Farm Girl said...

Very nice poem and I love the art work you chose for today.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful .

Magaly Guerrero said...

I enjoy the deconstruction... and the way you fitted the pieces back together into your own whole.

planetcyberluz.com said...

All those sculls maybe make us contemplate mortality in dreamland?

planetcyberluz.com said...

All those sculls maybe make us contemplate mortality in dreamland?

Linda Wildenstein said...

Your words made me envision pulling apart and falling back together.....lovely.

A Quiet Corner said...

Very good and aptly appropriate!...:)JP

Sandra said...

Creepy Creepy
Will not let me sleepy, sleepy.
Scary Mary
waiting for Larry..that is what i thought when i saw it....you know i am NOT a poet

You covered it all very well , I did not see the sculls until i read your poem, had to enlarge it and there they are...
at least you are left with your much loved rocks... there are a lot of them there...

Brian Miller said...

and some days there is
but you build with what you have
been given. smiles.
cool spin on the pic

SK Waller said...

This is so very true. As writers, we all carry a fear of ideas we never breathe life into.

Sketching with Dogs said...

What an interesting picture and poem.
Lynne x

The Blog of Bee said...

'Into a poetical statue' - love it!

Berowne said...

A fine and inventive response to the prompt

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Tess's mags are wonderful prompts- I used to have such fun with them. You always come up with a great poem..you make it look so easy!

Mary said...


I enjoyed reading your take on this Magpie prompt. Particularly like the 'sculls of discarded words'. Well done.

Sandy said...

Nice poem, a sign of the dark?

Kathryn said...

Cool write on the prompt, loved the imagery of skulls as discarded words.

Lynne said...

Look at what you accomplished today!

McGuffy Ann said...

Interesting and unique take on the prompt!

Kalpana Solsi said...

I loved this poem. Wonderful.
Poetical statue.......very nice.

Kutamun said...

I found this very Jolly, Roger, thanks .......

Nancy said...

Love the illustrations and your words Gail. Very well done!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Lovely.

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Bekkie Sanchez said...

I enjoyed your poem very much and I also saw the skulls as unused words..bravo!

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Karen S. said...

I like your smooth delivery. Your words pair nicely with our photo as well.

Mama Zen said...

This is very cool!

LindaG said...

Aw. There is plenty more than skulls and rocks.
But sometimes those are needed too. ;-)
Very well done, Gail. ♥

Kathe W. said...

I love this verse
"As the poet sleeps
Words lay like stones
To be crafted
Into a poetical statue"

Lorraine Renaud said...

oof you pack quite a punch, wow

Helena said...

Intensely enjoyed this! I'd tip-toe around him, that's for sure!

Michaele said...

Awesomely creepy. : )

Ginny Brannan said...

Nice! Love that last stanza--a fear I can relate to. Well put!

Tess Kincaid said...

I like how you emphasized the bony bits...

Belva Rae Staples said...

That sums it up nicely.

Susan Kane said...

Skulls and rocks and poet dreams. this was an awesome poem, thanks for sharing.

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