This poet needs…

to ease the itch of words
that wake her up at night;
to sing in a different language,
one with imagery and bite;
to linger in lines where no other poet has been yet;
to smile to herself when other people get
where she comes from and what she needs.

Kim M. Russell, 24th January 2019

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Bits of Inspiration ~ Poet Discovery, also linked to Poets United Poetry Pantry.

Susie is our host today and she has introduced a poet called Jessica Helen Lopez. Susie describes her as “sassy, bold, frank” and, for today’s prompt, she has focused on her poem, ‘Mama is a Poet’. Our challenge is to express why we write poetry.

60 thoughts on “This poet needs…

  1. scratch that itch, speak in foreign tongues, scritch it out until the words are just as they are meant to be … and they will come, to know and understand, appreciate …

    a process of evolution for both poet and audience… long may your poeming speak Kim 🙂

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  2. Just itching to be scratched, rubbing legs. We all like to be read and acknowledged. Even us non-poets who write our thoughts. Perhaps wishing to be a poet, novices hoping for a public to come scratch. Waiting like a kitty cat does, and purr a little rhyme–even if it doesn’t rhyme with words.


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    1. Thanks Viv. I only had to watch for an hour. Normally our garden is full of different kinds of birds. Today there was nothing for about 45 minutes and then I got two blackbirds, three magpies and four wood pigeons. Not one bluetit, goldfinch, sparrow or robin!

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    1. I couldn’t live without that heady release, Rommy. I worry that there will be a time when I’ll have to. I think that’s why I have to write every morning.


  3. “to linger in lines…” I love this reminds me of all the places everyone has been and how lucky I am to catch a glimpse in their verse 🙂

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  4. It’s great when one is “understood” in poetry – Many people won’t even attempt to write it let alone read poetry. I think it is good for the brain, good therapy – good for “scratching” that itch we all get… 🙂

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