Have you ever said goodnight
to a lopsided moon?
Did you watch its waxing light
illuminate the branches of a silver birch?
Did you lower the blind on the mournful flute
of a disembodied owl’s hoot?
Or did you peer into darkness,
hoping for a glimpse of its ghostly silhouette
and to feel the soundless downdraft of its swoop
embedding itself in your consciousness?
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Tuesday Poetics: the answer is 42 – also linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform
Bjorn is hosting tonight. He says that anyone who has read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy knows that answers can be much less interesting than the questions. He also says that, in the divisive political world, he thinks the art of posing questions has diminished and all he hears are answers. So when he heard about ‘The Book of Questions’ by Pablo Neruda, he was inspired to give us a prompt to write poems consisting only of questions. We should leave the answer to the reader. We can write a poem consisting of a single question or many. We can fill our questions with meaning or we can make them abstract. They can be closed or open questions, or even love sonnets (‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ — William Shakespeare) And for those of us who comment, we can decide whether to give answers to the questions or just comment on the poetry.