Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wild Wednesday: dead words talking

Pull them out
one by one

Each word
standing, 
straight and tall
stiffly moving, 
side by side

Each line
stretching,
solid and long
flat lining,
dead words talking

Put them back
one by one


 * there are so many times I feel the stream of words inside me-  fluid and ever so flexible...but when I pull them out and put them on paper (or the screen) they march stiffly across the page-- taunting me. I scratch my head, wondering where the fluidity went....I play with each line attempting to make it move to the rhythm in my head....but the lines mock me with their deadness.The words shrivel up...my attempts at writing are "prune like phrases"...."pickled lines"...causing me to choke as I reread each sentence. They strut along stilted...wooden words lining up side by side. No life emanating from them; they just stand awkwardly, awaiting dismantling.  

I explore means and methods to revive my words. I breathe on them wishing for them to touch me. They stare back at me like matchstick drawings instead of oil paintings....click clack...words rubbing the wrong way against each other...knick knock...the idea is in my head...I feel the flow.... I look at the words...turn them upside down....plop.

Oh for layers upon layers of words...words slipping through my brain and onto the paper in front of me...like honey or intoxicating perfume...seeping through each pore... but no, each word stands in defiance....no matching pair can be found. I put them back for now...in the meantime, the above piece was born.

12 comments:

  1. Words and the magic they create :) Lovely lines! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oh yes- I love reading words which create images and magic in my head :)

      Delete
  2. Wow! Beautifully written. I think you speak for every writer. We each struggle with making our words say what our heart and mind is speaking. Again, I say . . . Wow!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. EXACTLY!!!!! Wishing I could properly communicate what my heart and mind is speaking is not always easy.

      Delete
  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Jackie- do you mind if I feature you in my Feature Friday?

      Delete
  4. hello anjuli...off topic...but on not getting updates from my blog...have you tried subscribe by email tab on my blog....that will send you an email every time i post....let me know if it works. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will try that and see if it helps

      Delete
  5. Replies
    1. thanks for visiting- I enjoyed your poetry

      Delete
  6. Lovely piece, very beautifully written, describing something we're all familiar with, some of us more so than others! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This piece is the story of my writing life :)

      Delete

....And then there were more...

We started with two. It didn't take long for us to add three more to the mix, making us ongfamily5 for quite a long time. Before we kn...