About This Writing Thing

For Miz Quickly’s poetry prompt: six lines, da-dum


About This Writing Thing

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance
An Essay on Criticism (Sound and Sense) Alexander Pope

Gotta love barefoot gal prancing through foam
Trying to fetch words with her ink-filled lance
Knowing no other is tougher to hone
Leaps in cold waves while crowd watches askance
Casts out her lines so carefully combed
Catching a poem is hope taking that chance.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/2/13

Notes: I hate iambic pentameter. Have avoided it since the beginning. When I saw the prompt this morning, my first thought was to run off to the casino and risk my meager finances playing the slots. But, I committed myself to do this thing, so here I am doing my love/hate dance.

The image is a pen and ink drawing I started but then spilled water on, so grabbed a brush and had some fun. It will remain unfinished but I thought it matched the wishing I was fishing feeling I’ve had since seeing the prompt this morning.

About 1sojournal

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11 Responses to About This Writing Thing

  1. margo roby says:

    Damn! Here I am at the casino.
    I ran to Poets & Writers. I figure the objective is a poem a day, so it’s a sideways cheat.



  2. brenda w says:

    Your second paragraph of notes reads like a poem, too. It came without iambic restraints. I’ll always love a barefoot girl dancing through the foam. Thanks for bringing her to mind today.


  3. Stan Ski says:

    At least she has a chance with that attitude…


  4. Pamela says:

    I am so happy you didn’t go to the casino, Elizabeth. I felt the same way as you when I saw the prompt. I love the image of the girl and the pen and ink is very nice. Mine is not so lovely, but I did write to the prompt. So, I suppose that counts, right?



  5. Misky says:

    I’d rather like to see that drawing, Elizabeth!


  6. Mr. Walker says:

    Elizabeth, you have blended art and chance beautifully. I love it.



  7. David King says:

    I think the image a great success. Enjoyed the pentameters. (maybe you should try to reconcile yourself to the Iambs?)


  8. Mary says:

    I love the idea of casting out lines so carefully combed. Indeed you did accomplish your iambic task well. So glad you are going to be writing daily this month. I will TRY too, but will find inspiration in various places!


  9. Andy Sewina says:

    Yeah the images do it for me, especially the first line!

    My Day Three is here


  10. julespaige says:

    I’ll dance with you in sea-foam spray any day…


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