to an archipelago
that dips low and green
in the silken blue of the sea
let’s wander along cliffs
that fall sheer and grey
down into a bay
where granite sand
glints between stones
seashells and bleached fish bones
let’s build a castle
on a deserted beach
with a moat that only waves can breach
Kim M. Russell, 30th August 2018
Karin tells us that she’s been trying to remember poems that she once memorized and was struck by how often they began with a ‘going’. She gives as examples: ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by W.B. Yeats, ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T.S. Eliot, As I Walked Out One Evening by W.H. Auden, Yeats’ ‘The Wandering Aengus’ and John Donne’s song ‘Go and Catch a Falling Star’. It was a pleasure to dip into extracts of poems I haven’t read for a while.
Karin realized that ‘going’ is a very common jumping-off point for a poem and asks us to use this trope in our own poems. For extra points, she suggests that we think of writing a poem that someone might memorize and that won’t immediately ‘go’ out of their consciousness–i.e. consider incorporating rhyme, meter; and keeping it relatively short.