7:50 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Poems sung by Mandy Patinkin, (so beautiful)
Hullo, all. I hope everything is well in all your worlds.The newspaper, as ever, is bleak. I try to think of all of you writing poetry rather than caught up in any of the events, and hope it’s so.
I loved the poems that came in last week. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, scroll past the chit-chat until you see links. Or, start at the bottom and work up.
Consider yourself and your world for a moment and ask yourself whether, if you had to choose, you are a window, or a door. If you don’t like turning the spotlight on yourself, pick someone [or several someones while you jot notes and ponder]. I first had the idea when I read a poem of Barbara’s last October. The poem ends:
Mother, watching from the door, swallows her weird
that she was born this, she supposes,
a window or door.
I was fascinated with the idea that we might be windows, or doors. Here’s what you might consider:
1] Jot down what you think when you think of each. Do you have certain connotations you associate with a door, or a window?
2] Look up the meaning of each. There is always so much more than what we think we know of a word’s meaning. — jot notes. I love that window derives from ‘wind eye’. Consider opening, means of observation, an interval of time. Door, which evolves from gate, although a means of access as well as escape, seems most often associated with closing off.
3] Look up what each symbolises — jot notes.
4] Now. Some of you will be off to the races already, but if you are staring at your notes, consider what application what you have found out has for life. What truth about doors and, or, windows might you convey? Or, write about a time in your life, or someone’s life, when you were one, or the other.
At this point, you can take yourself out of the equation and employ a speaker of your creation. Because of the way doors and windows function, consider whether a particular form might suit your poem.
Yes? Go to it. I shall see you Thursday for the summer calendar; Friday for the prompt roundup; and Tuesday for a prompt based on two quotes about intelligence — wait ’til you see who said what.
Happy writing, everyone.