Hello. An early posting to respond to Joseph Harker’s ‘Reverie’ exercise/prompt #3: Symbolic Frolic, over on naming constellations.
I am going to write process first, and probably shall for most of the ‘Reverie’ responses. Joseph asks us to explore symbols, to go beyond the trite and create something fresh.
I found my biggest problem, other than coming up with symbols, was figuring out whether I had a symbol, or an extended metaphor. Was I comparing two unlike things, or was what I picked representing something? I’m still not sure, possibly because I chose something that might work as both [and isn't all that unlike now that I am writing this. Sigh.]
I began with three possible themes [all of which tie together...I'm thinking another poem...], jotting brief associations for each; settled on one theme and wrote more notes. I listed the trite associations, the generalizations I wanted to avoid. I picked the symbol I wanted to work with and went with one rather than two or three [keeping in mind the other poem I am now working on].
The poem itself was not a problem, but I now think I have a simile in disguise.
Something had knocked
the jigsaw to the floor: pieces
Long ago she lost the picture,
learned how the pieces fit, by trial…
She spent a lifetime
putting the pieces together
Now, as she picks up the pieces,
they no longer fit her puzzle, no longer
I hope you all are working on this. I want to see what others have come up with. I only see ViV, so far! Happy writing…