Sunday, October 14, 2007

Monday Poetry Train #21

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Bud Wise
by Joy Renee

A bloom in the womb is a poem curled
Tight around the pistil of its power.
Does a lily take thought of
The process of its being?
Does a rose not repose in that
Ball of its becoming?
Then let your story incubate
Enfolded in its dreaming,
Until the moment of its glory when
Unfurling reveals its flower.


I'm posting this poem in honor of the first day of the second round of 70 Days of Sweat to remind myself of the lesson, hard won and once known well enough to have composed this poem, that forcing things or fretting yourself into a tizzy when a story seems to fizzle out or just get too jumbled and unfocused is counter-productive. Trust the process and let the story, like a bud, keep some of its secrets for a time. And remember that trust is reciprocal.

7 tell me a story:

Lisa Andel 10/15/2007 7:49 AM  

Thank you, I was afraid everyone would be gloomy today. This one offers such a bright future.

Anonymous,  10/15/2007 7:51 AM  

Great questions in there. I like the positive aspect of it.

Susan Helene Gottfried 10/15/2007 8:32 AM  

Very cool, Joy Renee. I like the way you look at that -- with all these writing challenges and the like, it's easy to lose sight of the organic way of birthing a book.

Rhian 10/15/2007 9:15 AM  

not only is this a gorgeous poem Joy but you give impact to the concept that words have power. This - ever so striking:
"A bloom in the womb is a poem curled
Tight around the pistil of its power."

STAK 10/15/2007 12:15 PM  

the first two lines are a complete and utter slam dunk....such power in alliteration..........

i enjoyed it much.......

Ann 10/15/2007 3:51 PM  

Awesome poem, and a very timely reminder as we again face Sven and his challenge. Good luck !

Bonnie Jacobs 10/25/2007 7:25 PM  

This poem inspired a long post from me to you about the incubation period of a story, when it is not quite ready to bloom. Thank you for the excellent poem ... and for the inspiration.

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