8:33 a.m. — Atlanta
mmmmm… That Lonesome Road James Taylor. Excuse me a moment while I melt.
How are you all? Short week for many. While I don’t, technically, share that, as my time is my own, with my husband home my routine shifts, so I feel the short week aspect.
For the next few weeks, we are going to refocus where we were in May: the self. Fortunately, Poetic Bloomings has been warming you up! When I discovered they were going to do a series of prompts on self, I dithered about where to go with mine. I decided, for my peace of mind, that I will not look to see what their prompt is each week. If we mesh, you write a poem for both of us; if we touch on a similar subject, you play nice and write two poems, one for each of us.
First, a link to the Thursday Thoughts where I discoursed upon why the self is so important in the writing of poetry. Scroll down until you reach this paragraph: As an actor creates a persona to speak words, share an experience, convey an attitude, or point of view, so a poet creates a speaker. The speaker acts as a buffer between poets and their audiences. Unless a writer says, ‘This is completely autobiographical’ [and even then, given memory…], we, as readers, can never be sure what the writer tweaked to make the poem work, and read from there. I include this paragraph here in case you don’t wander over to read/reread me waxing on about the importance of self to writing.
Let’s re-enter gently and have some fun. I would like us to create our own creation myths this week. Creation myths were first told as stories to explain the unexplainable. Much later, they were written down. They don’t have to be long, but if you are having fun, go to it.The myth can be for where you came from, where your family came from, where your world came from, your place in the world and how you came to be you… any one, some, or all.
As for form, consider it. I think writing a haiku that encompasses an entire creation sounds like fun. An etheree unfolding from one to ten syllables might work. A haibun is particularly well-suited. Given the unpredictability and chaos of creation, free verse might be the form. It’s your myth.
The best I can do for you is to give you a link to a site with creation myths, suggest you read a few and do one of two things: note the elements in common and write yours to include these elements; find one you especially like and model yours after it. I found a good site and for those without much time, I suggest the Norse, India, Babylonia, Mossi, and China myths.
There is no right, or wrong. This is your myth. In answer to all questions: this is your myth [however, feel free to ask]. Create, post and then come back to read other myths. I look forward to reading what you come up with.
In case you missed the event poems from a couple of weeks ago, go read the results. They were particularly good. Otherwise, I shall see you Thursday for punctuation [be there]; Friday for the prompt roundup; and next Tuesday for another prompt on self [I will try and be more specific Thursday].
Happy writing, everyone.