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Thursday, May 11, 2023

Poetry Friday: Questions and Answers on My Method


I attend a poetry workshop on the first Monday of the month at my local library.  Each month our facilitator gives us the opportunity to share a poem we have written, shares poems on the theme she has chosen for the month. and then gives us time to write a poem or two based on the theme, again giving us the opportunity to share those poems as well.

Last month the theme was the writing process and we were invited to write one serious poem and one humorous poem on any aspect of the writing process that we wanted to.  Recently on Poetry Friday's when I have particpated I have included poems that were not of recent vintage.  After returning to Poetry Friday last week after finishing the A to Z Challenge, I decided to at least for the time being, eschew the wayback machine, and share poems I have written this year.  

Today, I am going to share the serious poem about my writing method, which is title simply, Questions and Answers on My Method.

Questions and Answers on My Method

Why do I write?

Cause I want to?

Cause I have to?

Cause I need to?

Why do I write?

I write because 

Words are my life blood

They invade my sleep

They are my canvas

And my palette

How do I write?

Does it matter ...

Whether it's poem or prose?

fiction or non fiction?

Do I have a process?

Or am I just opening Pandora's box?

How do I write?

Sometimes ...

My poems write themselves

and then I sign my name

Sometimes ...

When I write,

I get an idea.


For 30 minutes:




Throwing spaghetti

On the wall

Until something sticks.

Why do I write?

Because I can.

How do I write?

By any means necessary.

Poetry Friday is being hosted by Robyn Hood Black you can get there by clicking here.


laurasalas said...

I love this--and so true. I extra love the poems that just appear and you sign them! Here's to more days like that, right?

Linda B said...

It is a joy when words, then lines, creep in, & it's a poem, one you write, erase, re-write, just as you shared, Dave. Your group sounds like a good place!

Robyn Hood Black said...

We can't always predict whether writing will flow and tumble like a cool stream or whether we'll be wrestling alligators, can we? Thanks for sharing, and it does sound like a good workshop group!

Janice Scully said...

Your poem definitely captures the writing process, which is hard to put into words, but you touched on what we all can relate to. Thanks, Dave!

Patricia Franz said...

So authentic and raw, Dave. And what a great exercise to ask and answer these questions.

Linda Mitchell said...

good questions make good poems.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

We want to, have to, need to--it's that simple. Although I'm pretty sure life bloof hassomething to do with it, too. Some days I am positively filled with lifebloof! ; )

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