A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

Social Media Poetry? Absolutely!

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was an unusual one. Take social media updates and create found poetry. Interesting. And I knew exactly which one I wanted to do. Happily, I cannot take credit for any of the words in this poem. They are gorgeousness to the power of ten and belong to a woman I met over a year ago. I love reading her Facebook status updates. Her name is Darwin Prophet.

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Observations

Words by Darwin Prophet, Form by Jessica Scott

 

Days travel fast in the swing of spring blossoms;

on the green, voices echo in the warming flight of the starlings

on the breath of becoming

the balance of song and singer in the chapters

unfolding page by page in this book of life

 

Analyzing depths of fondness playing long dormant memories

sound tracked by the awful truth:

the absurdity of love’s intricate thread of gold

binding the weaving of lives meant to touch, not to hold,

reflections in the light cast upon flame

fleeting, devouring, dangerously beautiful.

 

back earthside from crisscrossing centuries and planets,

snow falls,

trysts of old where the flame may no longer burn

but the pilot light is always working,

here’s to delta males and the regeneration of my bluegrass doctor,

the sweeping of dusty boxes laden in memory,

the cleansing where mater dwells, a convergence of good filk*,

friends and some clowning around.

Now to the happy vocation of teaching the starlings to fly.

 

* Filkย music is both a musical culture, genre, and community tied to science fiction/fantasy fandom and a type of fan labor. The genre has been active since the early 1950s, and played primarily since the mid-1970s.

Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

3 Comments

  • lrconsiderer

    *speechless*

    I think this is one of my favourites ever….WOW! Who is this person and how do I find her? OH. MY. GOSH!

    These lines:

    “the absurdity of loveโ€™s intricate thread of gold

    binding the weaving of lives meant to touch, not to hold”

    My heart just imploded to ash and glitter…so powerful…so beautiful.

    I LOVE WHAT YOU JUST DID RIGHT THERE!

    • Jesi

      I didn’t write it!!
      Seriously, Darwin is an extraordinary woman who writes these bursts of beauty as her Facebook status updates in opposition to the meaningless chatter others put up. All I did was copy and paste and format. I can’t take credit for any of it.
      As for how you can find her, click on her name in my post. It takes you right to her Facebook page.

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