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Red Letter
since 05-24-99
Posts 92
Allentown, PA

0 posted 07-26-99 11:55 PM       View Profile for Red Letter   Email Red Letter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Red Letter

on losing inspiration

I fear my voice becoming inaudible
(a scratching wordlessness
that eats at my cords, at my fingertips)
I fear it leaving me
loose and dangling by strange branches
It is the manhandling of an echo
a foolish gathering of wishes
that leaves me vaulted, confounded
I lean towards it, ear cocked waiting hungrily
for a kaleidoscope mural of syllables
tethered beyond the ropes twisting into sounds
catching it like rainwater the way the flowers sometimes do
greedily drinking until the hurt comes
until I am no longer floating, a foreigner under a quarreling sky
and I am falling through
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Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
Posts 24426
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

1 posted 07-27-99 07:20 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Every poem you write takes me on a visual ride - somewhere - this one is no exception.... You need to post more - (I should talk?)
since 07-27-99
Posts 172
Auckland, New Zealand

2 posted 07-27-99 07:57 AM       View Profile for Seaangel   Email Seaangel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seaangel

fearing the loss of inspiration; I know it well. Although from your poem I don't think you are in immediate danger of that!
I loved the rainwater imagery; truly a ride of the senses. I think that aside from the pure kind of inspiration we all know and love, is the one that we can create by reading my favourite poet, taking a walk in a park, or doing a garbage-day cleanout of my cluttered head; what I do which is very helpful is to just write/type whatever comes to mind for several pages maybe until I find myself on a theme that runs independent of my outside sterility, something I become excited about. Sometimes the loveliest lines, the best phrasing, the ultimate question comes out of this 'taking out the trash' of the poetic head.
doreen peri
Member Rara Avis
since 05-25-99
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3 posted 07-27-99 08:05 AM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

You say you have only been writing for a short time? Unbelievable! As usual, your talent is displayed with finesse, style, and superior craftsmanship. I applaud you! Losing inspiration? hehehe.... Not apparent in this poem! Fine work, my friend. And, what Nan said! Post more here. We need to read and study the poetry of a fine free verse writer. luv, dp
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