A Poem for a Poet

The words that flow or inch their way
from germ of thought to lips,
to point of nib, or fingertips on keys,
can only be caught if you set them free.
They are yours to do with what you will.
But when another speaks your words,
awake or in the depths of sleep,
or writes them down to keep,
they echo,  shiver stars, melt mountains
and flood the universe with you.

Kim M. Russell, 8th April 2018

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My response to The Poetry School NaPoWriMo Prompt for Day 8: Dedication, shared on Poets United Poetry Pantry.

For today’s prompt, Ali would like us to write a poem for someone. It should be dedicated to them, and (if we like) speak to them as well. Our example is ‘A Poem for Emily’ by Miller Williams.

70 thoughts on “A Poem for a Poet

  1. How lucky we are as creatures able to express ourselves in so many ways. None better that our way with words when stories can be told and poems of composed letting us hear and see what others think with our own ears and eyes.

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    1. When I think of all the poetry read aloud in classes across the world, I wonder how the poets might feel and how I would feel if one of my poems were ever read aloud by someone other than me. I think I might possibly implode! 😊


    1. Thank you, Donna. It’s only a draft and needs some development. The first lines are the strongest and the rest of the poem needs to follow their lead as far as structure and rhythm are concerned. Something to put away and return to another time. 😊


  2. Such a wonderful write Kim, indeed words for me to keep.
    I too find it amazing that thoughts run down our fingers and become words on a page.
    I guess the same would apply to tying a shoelace, the thought then the action – but no, I think it more than that, there is a certain magic there…
    Anna :o]

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  3. kaykuala

    they echo, shiver stars, melt mountains
    and flood the universe with you.

    To think that creative writing has the strength and the power to do it!


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    1. Why don’t you join in some of the prompts at dVerse Poets Pub or Imaginary Garden with Real Toads,, or even have a go at Japanese poetry forms (haiku, tanka, haibun) at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai? We often try out new forms, one of which is the Quadrille, a poem in 44 words, created by the dVerse team. Last year we published our second anthology. You would be made very welcome. It does get addictive, though… 🙂

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  4. Lovely writing! Hi, I’ve only just begun blogging. I’ve shared the first 2 poems which I’ve written. Do check and follow out my new blog and please give me your suggestions! 🙂

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  5. “and flood the universe with you” is a beautiful phrase. I like how reading this poem seems very melodic. Great job!

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