Through sullen branches of ancestry,
a deadened wind soughs a song
of loss. Straggling souls skim the trees
in skeins towards an ancient rookery
to caw themselves to sleep. They echo
through insomnolent dreams,
but silvered by moonlit poetry
I hum against the windy wings,
through a mouthful of mouldering leaves,
and the succubi of one who nightly grieves.
Kim M. Russell, 19th March 2019
Gina is our host this week and she tells us about an article by Laurie Patton, in which the writer asks pertinent questions about the dual lives we lead, and mentions famous poets and writers who lived ‘one identity at a time and also those who chose multiple identities’ concurrently.
Gina says that the part of the article that held her attention was the ‘Tanpura Principle in writing’. She explains that the tanpura is an Indian instrument that sustains the other instruments by providing a drone or base from which the soloist can draw in singing or playing the melody, and that the Tanpura Principle in writing is the idea that much of writing occurs while doing something else, because the base of poetic inspiration, the supporting drone, is always there.
Gina asks us about the poetic hum in our lives: what hums in the background of our lives that inspires us and is the drone always there or do we have to cultivate the inspiration? She has given us a list of points to ponder in our poems. She has also shared some poems from poets who write listening to their poetic hum.
I often write about the beauty of nature and everything living, but my ever-present supporting drone is the loss of friends and family over the years, relationships I will never get back, and the thought that death will claim more before my own life comes to an end.