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  • Thanks Christian – yes, it would be interesting to include the smell of a new book, and even that crisp sound of opening it for the first time. Like an act of worship!!!

  • Debbie – for me you have captured the essence of meditation – that still withdrawal with permission for thought activity to move away, leaving space for breath and calm…. Thank you for the reminder of this powerful practice!

  • Gosh – I think we will all relate to this in different ways. So true! I don’t have nearly the same pressures as you appear to be facing, but I too have my “brat” moments and the blankness has been so incapacitating. Your use of rhyme lightens the heavy subject and gives a gentler touch with humour. Take care of yourself somehow, even if it’s…[Read more]

  • The intimidation is real! I genuinely always start my new books on page two, or start from the back to get past that First Page Fear…

  • Thanks Shae – yes, the smell, the crispness of the pages and of course the covers that are still firm and neat!

  • Thank you Peggy – it’s the expectations we have of ourselves that creates the problem I think – fantasies of wonderful works…

  • Thanks Amelia

  • New Notebook by Clare

    *

    Her whiteness invites play,

    implores creativity.

    This blank sheet

    will hold my first mark,

    require it to be perfect,

    tender as a new lover.

    She expects greatness to flow

    page after […]

    • Very quant and fitting for writing or painting. Well done 🙂

    • Peggy replied 1 week ago

      I love the promise, or hope, of a new notebook, with it’s blank pages just waiting to be filled. I love the whimsy of your subject and the rhythm of your words. Well done!

      • Thank you Peggy – it’s the expectations we have of ourselves that creates the problem I think – fantasies of wonderful works…

    • Shae replied 1 week ago

      So cute. So well said. I also love the smell of a new book.

      • Thanks Shae – yes, the smell, the crispness of the pages and of course the covers that are still firm and neat!

    • I love your poem Clare. The title drew me to it because I love new notebooks and the promise and possibility they hold, but I too am intimidated.

      Your words flow beautifully and I like how you personified what some see as simple pages, but others – writers in particular – behold with magnificence.

      Thanks for sharing.

      • The intimidation is real! I genuinely always start my new books on page two, or start from the back to get past that First Page Fear…

    • “tender as a new lover” … oh how we writers hold with awe and expectation the new notebook and the blank page. You’ve captured the moment well. Nicely done.

    • I like the ending particularly: ‘I turn the first page and / write in a small hand’ – I’m sure that resonates with so many of us. I also like the beginning, which leads to comparing the notebook with a new lover. May be a line or two about the smell of the book would add to the poem, as mentioned by Shae?

    • Thanks Christian – yes, it would be interesting to include the smell of a new book, and even that crisp sound of opening it for the first time. Like an act of worship!!!

  • Clare commented on the post, Elsie by Peggy Rockey 1 week ago

    Very vivid – this almost reads like a pantoum, with the repetition of Elsie’s lonely condition reinforcing her confusion, her isolation, the apart-ness of her life. Sad but real. Written with compassion..

  • Clare commented on the post, BLANK by Symphony 1 week ago

    Wow – a deeply feeling/felt piece. It carefully captures that final goodbye. You create the hospital context very clearly. The word “blistered” in your first line feels a little unnecessary, and maybe even that whole first line is not quite essential? I think the poem would be more powerful starting with the hands rather than the bonds? Thank…[Read more]

  • I share your trepidation and anxiety..!! And yet we persist, and here we are, with a poem to show for the persistence. Your poem made me smile, thanks

  • Thanks – I think we all need to pause and reflect a bit sometimes! Right now, it’s about the next prompt and challenge for next week – oh my!

  • Thanks June – I’m happy if this has given you something to think about!!

  • Thanks Lauren – I enjoy thinking about things a little more deeply sometimes, and trying to see different sides of a topic/theme. Problem is, when does our poetry cross from being contemplative to just “phoney deep”? There’s no answer to that, I guess!

  • Absolutely!! This is a public forum and it’s great if we can share creative ideas or additional prompts with one another. Have fun, and avoid the obvious “rose coloured spectacles”….

  • Does poetry writing

    hold a reflective glass

    to my introspective eye?

    Or a magnifying glass

    to my sensitive soul?

    Or a wine glass

    to my pains and

    my victories, however small?

    Or a pair of spectacles

    to […]

    • The answer is yes. Choice E: all of the above. 🙂

      And to add to that, nice work of looking at the subject from different metaphors. This one made me think.

    • I enjoyed your take on the prompt. Some say a person’s poetry is always about them. Even if it sounds as if they write it for someone else. It is always them.

      Maria

    • As they said above, you took a really interesting take on the prompt, and leaned into the very different themes that it could have gone. It really opened my eyes as to how to look forward to new prompts. Sometimes that best thing is just below the surface and not reflected at face value. I also like the fluidity of your piece as well!

    • Clare,
      what an engaging poem. I love the different images of “glass” but wearing glasses myself, I absolutely adore the idea of wearing poetry spectacles that make me see the world differently. Hm, I have to think about that – is it ok if I use that image as a starting-point of my own? Thanks for sharing!

      • Absolutely!! This is a public forum and it’s great if we can share creative ideas or additional prompts with one another. Have fun, and avoid the obvious “rose coloured spectacles”….

    • I love contemplative poetry, and the questions you ask are worthy of exploration. Your poem is tight and lets the reader make some choices as to the meaning. Well done!

      • Thanks Lauren – I enjoy thinking about things a little more deeply sometimes, and trying to see different sides of a topic/theme. Problem is, when does our poetry cross from being contemplative to just “phoney deep”? There’s no answer to that, I guess!

    • Hi Clare. Your poem presents so many questions, requiring much thought. Hmmm….. I need to go and ponder a bit. Well done and thank you for sharing.

    • How true, and very well done. You make us, as poets think, and it puts our souls of writing, right there on the page, for all to see.

    • Thanks – I think we all need to pause and reflect a bit sometimes! Right now, it’s about the next prompt and challenge for next week – oh my!

  • Chilling. The use of pantoum works so well here. It feels like an accurate reflection of the reality of facing eating disorders and body image issues – when the mirror is effectively the enemy.

  • The fragility of your heart is conveyed well. A sad poem although the “quiet shout” makes me hope for healing of the spirit… I found the rhyming a little forced in places, especially the “still the glass….sharp shard” couplet, but I like the idea of a glass encased heart. Thank you for sharing this poem with us.

  • Of course now I want to know what made you throw the stones…. I’m sensing liberation and some anger?

  • “hover on retirement’s border” – what a good phrase – it is a hovering time – anticipation mixed with uncertainty!! Thanks for a poem that’s so real and wise. I trust you’re thriving in your own time and space…

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