9:00 a.m. — Walnut Creek
Congratulations to all who survived the week of the ghazal and to those who decided for their peace of minds not to fling themselves into the deep end, that’s okay. It took me years to conquer ghazal fear. This is one of the harder forms. If you managed to write one, go back in a couple of weeks and read your ghazal. You can and should feel pleased with yourself.
Before I give you this week’s prompt, I need to update a link from Thursday’s Thoughts. The Poetic Asides blog, written by Robert Lee Brewer, has changed and everything has a new address. To get to the ‘One Piece of Advice for Poets, Part 1,’ go here.
Okay, a little relief from form. We have lost things and found things. Now we are looking for epiphanies in our lives. The word is defined as a comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization, from the Greek for show forth. One minute we don’t know something, the next moment we do.
An epiphany does not have to be some huge moment like the moment you realised ‘Whoa! I’m about to graduate from university and I have to support myself’. It can be a tiny moment of satisfaction, as when you understood ‘Wow! two oranges plus two apples add up to four,’ or discovery: ‘No more eating jalapenos. They are hot!’
List as many epiphanies as you can. You might give your memory a couple of days to dig around on this. From here you can proceed in one of a couple of directions, or in as many directions as you see. You might have an epiphany.
Pick one and write about it in a poem.
Or, link several of your discoveries and write about them in a poem.
Your form for the epiphany poem[s] can be free verse, or one of the forms you know, if you think a form will convey the truth of the poem better.
I hope everyone is surviving their summer/winter. Part of my survival is taking Thursday off to go to Napa with my husband to taste wine, so no Thursday Thoughts. I will have the Friday Freeforall up but will probably be quiet all next week, as we are traveling most of the week. You will find me back and in good order early August.