Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Poet and the Wordsmith (A Poem)

"The flowers to my hair"    Sometimes I like to fancy myself a flower child.  This is the outcome.   I actually wear a flower in my hair almost everyday...I have a whole collection of them in a drawer.  So there you have a random fact about me!  Heh.

We go together
Like Sonny and Cher,
Like the flowers to my hair,
A cool swig of sweet tea
On a humid 4th of July eve,
Blanket to the picnic,
Icing to the buttercream,
Double-shot latte to
My morning book,
Two magnetic poles
In a perfect opposites attraction
Pulling each other
Into the same time zone,
Omitting complete decades,
My toe tap to your guitar strum,
Like crimson is to clover,
Folding seconds, pulling strings.


**When I wrote this poem, I admit I was thinking about my crush on Bob Dylan, and a bit about the love affair I should have had with Bukowski...hahah.  But they are so much older, you might say?  Ah, their words are timeless and age is only a number (insert smile).  

Written for a prompt at Poets United.  

26 comments:

  1. Good inspiration - they were young and full of flowers when they started writing..there is a great ease and comfort in your words..like a good friendship..and pretty hair flowers too!

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  2. A love affair with the stars
    per chance you dream
    per chance you are...
    I love the look of the flower child could never pull it off but you do!!!

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  3. I enjoyed your comment after as much as the poem - you and Bukowski would have rocked my world! hee hee........love the photo!!

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  4. Ah, too bad. I was thinking just imagine having a best friend like this!

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  5. And I was in love with Joan Baez, sadly that was no compensation for her. Didn't Bukowski say "find what you love and let it kill you?". Excellent poem.

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  6. Crimson is to clover - this is really very evocative and i love the seemingly carefree flow of affection.

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  7. I find your poem to be expressive and accurate of your view. A lovely take. But I also find myself wanting of relevance to humanity. It's obvious you're intelligent and capable of such thought so see your experiences in view of the world and express it as such not couched in an era but as a common thread for all. It means changing your admiration from catch words to ideas and shunning the ordinary. I can see it in you by your words and your passion. Just relax and share your ideas rather than your cleverness. Please don't hate me for this comment. I think you're worth it.

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  8. thanks for your view on my poem, but i'm not sure what you mean...

    this poem was about a two minute quick-write on my reflection of 'friendship' in that this is the kind of friendship i'd love to have with a fellow kindred spirit/artist/poet.

    If it's clever then thank you. This is just the way I write...I always considered my poetry confessional. I don't know any other way to write than how I do in my poems. These are my ideas expressed in the way that I know to express them.

    I don't hate you, but I found this to be a rude sorta critique. The humanity is in the sharing of my thoughts, themselves. Interpret how you wish to, isn't that the true essence of a poem, to be interpreted by the reader?

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  9. ugh, i've read the poem and your comments. maybe you can englighten me??

    where are the 'catch words.' and this poem is 'ordinary' how? i thought it was a different take, entirely, than everyone else's reflection of the prompt.

    i don't write for everyone else, i write for me. i write about my life and my thoughts and my ideas and i express them in my own unique way. poetry is not to be a 'platform' for any select group. i write how i do and hope someone can take something meaningful away from it.

    i am always relaxed when i write. actually, writing is probably the most relaxing part of my day.

    sorry you have such a low opinion of of this little poem, which actually is one of my favorites for it's light-heartedness (most of my stuff is serious). but i've had many a creative writing and poetry courses. i'm not looking for a teacher. thanks anyway.

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    1. I'n sorry that you took my comment to mean that I had a low opinion of your poem. Quite the opposite. I liked the feel and felt the romance. I only wanted to share my thought that phrases like Sony and Cher, and Crimson and Clover are perhaps a little distracting because they are from popular media and as such take away from the originality of your thinking. It's the same when people use popular phrases like "think outside the box" or "paradigm shift" as if they have said something original. I'm sorry if you found my comment hurtful or considered it a personal attack. it was only my intention to say something meaningful. Please accept my apology.

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    2. apology is accepted :) thanks so much for clarifying. i apologize, as well, if i looked too deeply into what you meant...it's just that i couldn't really tell where you were going with it.

      i honestly did a quick free write, didn't put too much thought into it. sometimes when i focus on symbolism and metaphor and saying things perfect it just stresses me out, i was trying to keep it fun and not so serious.

      also trying to write something to go along with my picture, though i am a fan of the 70s.

      i appreciate your trying to help me, i truly do. i hope you'll visit me again in the future.

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  10. I love your poem and your photo! It's lighthearted, fun loving, and has vivid imagery. I have read some of your more serious poems and I know you are versatile in your writing. The whole post, including your process notes, is delightful :)

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  11. That's nice - it has a real comfortable feel to it.

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  12. Stacy Lynn, I just want to affirm that you rock! that your allusions to popular culture are meaningful. Never ever feel stupid when someone questions your work. That is just information you can take or leave as you find it useful. Thank you for being here and bringing what you know.

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    1. thank you so much, susan. you are such a dear. don't forget how talented you are, either! :) always love my trips to your blog. and thank you for your kindness and your wonderful writings!!

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  13. Hi Stacy Lynn, thank you for asking me about being featured. My email address is not public, so I deleted it from the comments. It should be in your inbox, if you're able to reply to it. Or you can contact me on my blog. Thank you!! Hope you're enjoying the weekend. :)

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  14. i will try it from my email, if it's not there i will comment on your blog and leave you an email address where you can mail me. :) and thank you for being kind enough to considering allowing me to share some of your work!

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  15. The prompt asked for something 'rich in experience.' You have completely nailed this in your descriptive word choices and the ways in which you emphasized the complementary nature inherent within friendship. And, I am completely with you on the love affair with Bukowski....age difference be damned :-)

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Thank you for taking the time to comment, it is so appreciated. Your thoughts and critiques are always welcome! I will be by to visit your blog soon!