Poem Tryouts: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

23 Jun

10:52 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to sirens wailing past on Peachtree (I’ll be glad to get settled and back to my music)

Hello, everyone. I hope you are well. I learned a couple of things about traveling and computers. I learned there is no signal approaching, in, and leaving West Plains, Missouri (except the local McDonald’s). I discovered that no matter how much I want something to be, the tech gods really don’t care (Miz Q: I had such fun. I wanted to post those poems, truly I did). And, I learned that learning a new operating system, while wanting something to be and traveling, is not a good idea.

Thus, our image prompt will be a week early, I’ll be here for Thursday’s blog and then the blog will go dark until Tuesday, July 7, for our next prompt. During that time, we will be in DC and Vermont, visiting our kids. If I find (now that I have taken the pressure off) that I am sitting around and the computer works, I may appear. I have found that having the blog and keeping in touch with you all, even on the fly, helps me in this summer of uprooting.

To the images. In keeping with the theme of dreaming, the image that started my thinking on the topic is The Poet Sleeps, by Chang Houg Ahn, which I first saw on The Mag a couple of years ago. I thought the subject of a poet sleeping and then having visions, or being visited by a muse, or dreaming, something my mind will not let go of. I will present two images here and save some for next month if I think they will allow you a different direction on the topic.


The Poet's Sleep by Chang Houg Ahn

The Poet’s Sleep by Chang Houg Ahn

The Kiss of the Muse by Cezanne

The Kiss of the Muse by Cezanne

In case you are tired of dreaming (:-)), you can strike out in the direction of a poet’s inspiration. You can write about where ideas come from — yours, specifically, or in general. You might write about a specific time when a specific poem came to you while sleeping. Or, you can be caught by the sight of the skulls outside of the window and want to write about them. Not a problem. I took care of the dreaming part with the images. You go where your mind wants. You do not have to reference the paintings, in any way, unless you wish to.

See you Thursday for a couple of links.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 23/06/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry


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21 responses to “Poem Tryouts: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

  1. pmwanken

    23/06/2015 at 12:52 pm

    hi margo – you know I can’t resist ekphrastic poetry! 😉 here is my response to Cezanne’s piece…

    • margo roby

      23/06/2015 at 1:02 pm

      Now that you mention it, Paula… 😉

      • pmwanken

        25/06/2015 at 11:03 am

        Two images…two poems. Here is #2…my response to Chang Hong Ahn’s piece…

        • margo roby

          25/06/2015 at 11:09 am


          • pmwanken

            25/06/2015 at 11:30 am

            Contrasting themes…I couldn’t resist!


    23/06/2015 at 12:59 pm

    The poet sleeps,
    the muse does too
    no lines are created

    The poet wakes
    Without motivation
    with no inspiration

    Poetry has emigrated

    May your connections be swift and reliable

    • margo roby

      23/06/2015 at 1:04 pm

      This, ViV, is why I am hanging grimly onto the blog. Love the poem(let?) and the wishes. Thank you.

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  4. ladyleemanila

    23/06/2015 at 1:51 pm

    hi 🙂 have a nice day!

    • margo roby

      23/06/2015 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you :-)!

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  6. julespaige

    23/06/2015 at 3:49 pm

    I’m cheating a tad. Brain fried. It is after all the same quote – so take it or leave it:

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  8. Hannah Gosselin

    23/06/2015 at 4:35 pm

    Ahhh…so happy…you help me feel rooted, too, Margo. Thank you.

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  10. Misky

    24/06/2015 at 6:35 am

    I’m not so quick off the mark lately …

    • margo roby

      24/06/2015 at 10:13 am

      There are days and then there are days. There will come days when there is no mark, but it comes back.

  11. purplepeninportland

    24/06/2015 at 11:05 pm

    Loved looking many times at that Cezanne. Thanks.

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  13. Katrina K Guarascio

    25/06/2015 at 11:35 am

    Reblogged this on Slam of Enchantment.

  14. Candy

    26/06/2015 at 7:17 pm
    waited for the kiss from my muse 😘


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