Poetry Is… An Invitation


we crash, crowd and compete
but within our community,
we find our best selves

Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham

Notes: I had a great critique group meeting yesterday. I am in awe of their mad skills and generosity. I was part of something larger than me: an ocean of words, a sea of stories. I’m not sure if I was a seal or a seagull, but I’m afloat.

Poetry Friday with kids

Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks to Carol at BeyondLiteracyLink for hosting. Has anyone seen the community poem created by Morning Edition listeners and Kwame Alexander? Although holiday-themed, it inspired me to offer to organize a community poem. Anyone interested? If so keep reading…

Please leave a line (or two) about what poetry is or what it means to you (either quote or original with attribution). Once I have enough, I’ll post them on a future Poetry Friday, with an invitation to write your own poem from them. I’ll get us started:

Poetry Is…

… ice cream on a summer day. (Brenda Harsham)
… deep thoughts wrapped in golden words. (Deb Whittam)
…  the flutter of words at sunrise. (Jone Rush MacCulloch)
…  a quest. La poésie est une quête. (Prunelles9)
…  a ripple on still water. (Beth)
…  the music of words, our first language. (Laura Shovan)
…  truth waiting to be found. (Michelle Kogan)
…  a way of walking in the world. A ministry of presence. A stormcloud about to burst. (Irene Latham invites us to pick one)
…  the roots; sending fingers of truth deep into the earth, and sprouting hope. (Kathryn Apel)
…  the beauty and honesty of the unspoken. (Matt Forrest Esenwine)
…  the quiet heartbeat of life. (Kay McGriff)
…  the air that lives in our souls…the rhythm of our existence. (Kennie Vevah)
…  the essence of reality and the reality of essence. (Donna Smith)
…  an umbrella on a rainy day. (Jane Whittingham)
…  my breathing space, my heart’s song, my soul’s prayer. (Myra Garces-Bacsal)
…  more questions than answers. (Mary Lee Hahn)
…  the gentle wonderings of a world calling me to unravel its beauty in words. (Carol Varsalona)
…  seeing myself in the mirror of another’s eyes. (Michelle H. Barnes)
…  my imaginings made real. (Linda Mitchell)
…  eliminating the unnecessary. (Diane Mayr)
…  the joyful heartbeat of words to share. (Kiesha Shepard)
…  a bell and its echo all at once. (Robyn Hood Black)
…  a cup of tea with a friend you will never meet, a connection across time, words that outlive our lives. (Ali Grimshaw)
…  a cure to the wounds of life. (anondotverse)
…  a gift. (OneHundred&OnePursuits)
…  what prose can’t be. It’s a photograph rather than the whole film. (Bliss Winters)
…  the gentle click that pulls it all into focus. (Molly Hogan)
…  the words that tremble from my mouth but stand strong at the end of my pen. Poetry is strength! (BigDJean)
…  the essence of my complex simplicity. (Ashley Yeager)
…  a basket we weave with words to store the world. (Brenda Davis Harsham)
…  the very beating of the heart. (theBookishNook)


And quotes:
Charles Simic says: “Poems are other people’s snapshots in which we see our own lives.” (Diane Mayr)



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