Wild Things of Inspiration

For The Sunday Whirl poetry prompt: Wordle #102
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wordle #102

Wild Things of Inspiration

Menacing clouds hovered just above flat horizon
occasionally punctured by lightning bolts,
almost as if a spiteful minor deity, locked in rage,
must repeatedly thrust his crooked staff of office
at whatever he assumes causes his anger.

After storm peaks, moon rises to powder dark
petals with bits of light that dance like dozens
of tiny prisms amidst stones and blossoms
which border small cement patio.

Lost in reverie, she recalls what Natalie Goldberg
has written about how the writer must dig a deep
pit, climb down in it, then call all the wild
creatures down there with her.

She picks up her pen and begins to tell story
of the spiteful minor deity she once called
husband.

Elizabeth Crawford  3/31/13

This is the result of a number of things. The wordlist and how it reminded me of what Natalie Goldberg wrote, a few more words and a phrase (opening line) given out by the small writing group I have joined, and some “reverie” of my own.

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20 Responses to Wild Things of Inspiration

  1. viv blake says:

    Wow! I’m glad I didn’t read yours before writing mine – I’d never have started. Your poem is gripping.

    And yours is so tight it springs at the reader and demands attention. I’m glad you did what you did and thanks for stopping,

    Elizabeth

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  2. Stan Ski says:

    Mr. Right is out there … somewhere… 😀

    Why Stan, are you looking for him?

    Elizabeth

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  3. oldegg says:

    I enjoyed this so much, especially the twist in the tail (tale or whatever).

    Actually, I had a whole different ending planned, but when I got there, this one stepped into view and I knew it was right. Thanks for stopping and reading, glad you enjoyed,

    Elizabeth

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  4. Marianne says:

    Inspired! Loved:
    “The writer must dig a deep
    pit, climb down in it, then call all the wild
    creatures down there with her.”
    It does feel that way at times!

    Yes, it does Marianne, but when we dig deep enough, some very surprising things come to the surface. Thanks for reading,

    Elizabeth

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  5. annell4 says:

    A really good one! I love it!

    Glad that you do, my friend. This one was a real cooperative effort on my part, lol. Thanks for the visit,

    Elizabeth

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  6. Misky says:

    Stunning!

    Oh, I like that!

    Elizabeth

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  7. Jae Rose says:

    A fire pit..of rebirth..i imagine it like a ceremonial process..strong, powerful words..

    Thank you very much Jae. I think that is why I have never forgotten the passage in Goldberg’s book. What she describes is very much akin to a shamanic ritual of passage that I read about in some Native American literature. The candidate must dig a deep pit in the ground, climb down and lie in it for three days while fasting and praying for a vision. I feel something very similar sometimes with the wordle list, seeking after a vision only the words can whisper while I am being still to listen.

    Elizabeth

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  8. Sherry Marr says:

    I love the climbing down into a pit and inviting the wild things to join us. I hadnt remembered Natalie saying that. Laughed out loud at the husband/(former) deity. Hee hee.

    When it first passed through my thoughts, I kinda figured it was a bit snarky, then remembered a poem I wrote about a year after my divorce was final, and knew it was the right ending. Thanks for your care and concern for my daughter and our family, it is much appreciated Sherry,

    Elizabeth

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  9. Sabra Bowers says:

    Delightful read. I love, love the twist and the ending.

    So did I when it showed itself. It was an interesting process. Thanks for reading and commenting,

    Elizabeth

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  10. Elizabeth, a very vivid and vital poem. Quite visual. The second stanza is extraordinary.

    Thank you Walt, I’ll take that to the kudo box.

    Elizabeth

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  11. GILLENA COX says:

    Happy Easter, good write

    much love…

    Thank you and welcome to Soul’s Music, Gillena,

    Elizabeth

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  12. drew undrawn says:

    I’m pretty sure you mean “lightning,” not “lightening.” There’s quite a difference! I do rather like that second stanza, especially “powder dark” at the end of the line.

    Welcome to Soul’s Music Drew. Thanks for the correction, as well as for reading,

    Elizabeth

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  13. brenda w says:

    I love the fire pit of rebirth, and the way you share your process and your life with us every week. Thank you my friend.

    No, thank you for coming up with these challenges each week, and for your endurance and steadfastness. Hugs to you,

    Elizabeth

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  14. I love your wordle and want to remark on its similarity to mine. I’m reading “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg and its exercises have stretches my own imaginings. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Her books about writing and writing practice are staples here and have been ever since I first found them. When I get stuck, I usually reach for one of her titles, there is a certain energy soaked into those pages. One can, I believe, pick it up by osmosis. Glad you enjoyed,

    Elizabeth

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  15. Quickly says:

    How neat that you came up with the Goldberg. It’s a great idea, and deserves to be set into a poem.

    So glad you agree, as soon as I saw the word pit, the Goldberg passage came to mind and I knew I had to find a way to use it. Thanks for stopping and reading,

    Elizabeth

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  16. Well, everyone has said it already. I love it. Oh, the pit, such a nesessary place to go on occasion.

    Thanks Veronica, I agree, we all end up there at some point. I have learned, however, that it isn’t always the horrible place we might imagine it to be. It can be tremendously healing.

    Elizabeth

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  17. Oh, Lord, Elizabeth, this is powerful. The storm, and then realizing the person behind it… raw and edgy. I’ve been there, and you have my support. I even waited to sign my divorce papers on our wedding anniversary, so I could take the day back! Any woman who has known a mercurial waste of time also known as a BAD partner or husband, will grok this instantly. BRAVA. Amy

    Amy, my divorce is a very long time behind me, but that line about the spiteful minor deity had me recalling some other things I wrote many many years ago, so it became a part of the poem and I am glad that I did. It worked so well. Thanks for reading,

    Elizabeth

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  18. David King says:

    The sort of poem you hope to find when surfing for new delights.

    Thank you very much David, those are very generous words.

    Elizabeth

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  19. This is so beautiful….

    I am here after SO long!! Sorry about that!!

    inside that bowl, I see the whole world

    Don’t worry about apologizing, I’ve been known to drop out periodically, just need to do other things at times. Thanks for your kind words and its good to see you back,

    Elizabeth

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  20. Tumblewords says:

    A fine, fine piece! I love the drop off.

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