Sunday, March 26, 2017

To The Sea

Some say you should
start a poem with a
title

just write the words
at the top of the page
and begin

as if a poem is a
waterfall and the
title is the edge

of the cliff and
the words will spill
over the edge

once they begin
to fall, splashing
onto the page,

but I like the idea
of starting without
a title, wandering

aimlessly across the
page, the words
searching for a path

like a river meandering
through the soft earth
finding its way eventually

to the sea—

which might, in the end,
be the title you were looking
for all along.
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14 comments:

Bobbi Miller said...

This is lovely! Thank you, Bruce!

Bruce Black said...

So glad you enjoyed it, Bobbi. Thanks for stopping by.

Jane @ Raincity Librarian said...

Beautiful! I absolutely agree - I prefer to let the poem flow wherever it chooses, as I run along beside it, trying to keep up!

Bruce Black said...

Thanks, Jane, for stopping by and sharing a bit of your process. Glad to hear you like letting the words flow, too.

Carmela Martino said...

Loved the surprise of coming upon the title in the middle of the poem. :-)
And I almost never start with the title. That comes later.

Linda B said...

The poem has such a beautiful voice: this is what I like & here, I'll show you! I loved reading it!

Brenda Harsham said...

I like your analogy. My thoughts work that way, too, trickling and splashing.

Bruce Black said...

Thanks, Carmela. I've tried starting out with a title and it's an interesting prompt that works, but most of the time, as you say, the title comes later. Either way, it's always a surprise to see the results.

Bruce Black said...

Linda, I'm so grateful for your sweet response. Thank you! Glad you stopped by for a dip.

Bruce Black said...

Trickling and splashing our way to find the next word and the next. I love that idea. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Brenda, and for stopping by.

Kay said...

Love it! I tend to wander around the page in writing my poetry, but I sometimes I wish the words would spill over the cliff edge.

Bruce Black said...

I wander around the page, too, Kay. (Sometimes it feels like I'm wearing a blindfold!) Good luck finding the edge... that's where the surprise waits for us, I think. Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Lee said...

Sounds like it could have been written by Billy Collins! (total compliment)

Bruce Black said...

Mary Lee, thanks so much for stopping by (and for the sweet comparison and compliment).