Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #237 – Motivation:  Perspective
Today, we look at the idea of perspective as a motivation. As poets, we can all look at a scene or situation and compose many different views of what we are presented. And all will be our own true and correct representations of what we each see.

Write of the concept of two perspectives. Or take a poem offered by one of our poets or one of a favored famous poet and try to put a different view to work there (identifying and crediting said poem/poet). Be open. No two people see things exactly the same. But we can try.
Write from two points of view on your subject (a pro and con, a different focus for each)
In your poem, write one stanza with someone else as the character. Then in the next, yourself as the character.
Write on the concept of perspective itself.

Old Friend

Old friend of mine claims
that her deceased father helps
her through troubling times.
Once, in despair, she sat
on a chair, and he appeared.
On subsequent visits, he was
always dressed the same way.
Through the years, he’d stop
by, probably still does.  Her
brother claims same visitations
and same clothing.


Leaving out old days
of getting high, watching
soap wiggle in its dish,
or a cowboy perched on
the edge of my bed in
the middle of the night,
I do not see anyone.
Wish I would. I wonder
if Dad would be smoking
a cigar, or if Mom would
have her knitting with her,
resting on her lap. Would
they speak, or would their
presence just be a source
of comfort to me.

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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