Maybe If

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Finding Emotions and Concepts in Things”
(posted by Sarah Russell)

In keeping with William Carlos William’s line from “A Sort of a Song” where he reminds the poet about using metaphor and says “No ideas but in things,” your challenge is to take a concept or feeling — hope, joy, despair, longing, patriotism, anger, grief, etc. — and write a poem that captures the concept without ever telling us what the concept is. It will be up to the readers of the poem to name the concept or feeling in their comments.

Maybe if I dress
in feathers
Maybe if I run
ten miles
Maybe if I cut
the tethers
my thoughts will cease
for a while.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Maybe If

  1. Waltermarks says:

    What to do to escape those thoughts? It leaves that question, Will she cut the tether and let go?

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  2. Vaccinius says:

    Sure, only if
    one is quite stiff,
    one will not sink
    together, think.

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  3. One can drive oneself crazy going round and round in one’s head for sure!

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    Sounds like you are in need of a vacation Sara. The frustration is very evident in this one!


  5. Jane Swanson says:

    Freedom from thought – interesting concept


  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    Those thoughts keep going. Sometimes goofy songs go through my mind and I wonder why am I thinking of them?


  7. What angst… maybe you are running in circles


  8. Ahhh, keeping busy to keep the thoughts at bay. Yes, I’ve been there. Well done, Sara!


  9. Grace says:

    Sometimes those thoughts will not leave us be ~ Such a torture to be in this situation for sure.


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