Curfew: Day 46

Lockdown writing: ten things about The Poem.

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7. Teach The Poem to run its fingers over sharp edges.
To cry in an unknown language. To bleed until living

and dying are equal options. 8. If you already know what
you’re going to say, don’t say it. The Poem is not your

lover. No part of its body should be so familiar. The Poem
and you are always in your first meeting. 9. You are the

only reader to whom The Poem must make sense. To
everyone else, it is the magic mirror in which their

wounds fill, their scars fade, in which they look more
beautiful. The Poem is their illicit paramour. 10. You

are not the mother who birthed The Poem. You are the
god that created it. It is the being that will forever

ruin your garden of eden, then kneel before you and beg,
as if you alone have the power to forgive the desecration.

The Poem
is waiting for the poet
who is waiting for it

Also Read:
Curfew: Day 45 (Ten things about The Poem 2/3)
Curfew: Day 44 (Ten things about The Poem 1/3)

35 thoughts on “Curfew: Day 46

  1. Sigh. Comment disappeared. I love “the poem and you are always in your first meeting.” And that the poem need only make sense to the poet.

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  2. Mine are often, at the beginning, like children playing hide and seek in blue indigo twilight. Distant giggles and whispers that suddenly appear and startle me.

    Thank you so much for these last four pieces. They are fantastic. I haven’t been here, too busy doing my own thing. I’d apologize but that never suffices. So, I’ll just leave these words and run off back to my own corner, grateful to have been here. Thank you,

    Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. We’re all in those little corners, only emerging sporadically for air. I so get what you mean. Am glad you liked the Ten things series of posts.

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  3. Well of course I went back and read the previous two also. OMG!!! Such stunning writing. Only you could have written this! I’m completely blown away, thrilled, enchanted….

    (Just one thing. Are you coining a new word, or did you mean ‘depredation’? (‘Deprivation’ doesn’t quite make sense.)

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    1. Thanks so much, Rosemary. Am delighted you read all three. I will put them together at some point. And thanks for pointing out the blooper. Fixed it with the word I was thinking about- tells a lot about the importance of editing! Much, much appreciated!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful and yes I think so too that you should meet the poem as for the first time. I am not that far yet. Need to learn to trust but I will grow into it as yes a poem comes through you not from you

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  5. There have been so many days in this curfew, Rajani, that we begin t wonder when it will end. The best things about it is that we have space and time to write. Your focus on ‘ten things about The Poem’ is fascinating and I went back to read days 44 and 45.
    I especially identify with the lines:
    ‘…The Poem is not your
    lover. No part of its body should be so familiar. The Poem
    and you are always in your first meeting’
    and
    ‘…You are the
    only reader to whom The Poem must make sense. To
    everyone else, it is the magic mirror in which their
    wounds fill, their scars fade, in which they look more
    beautiful. The Poem is their illicit paramour.’

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    1. Thanks so much for reading them all, Kim. I am writing everyday but sometimes it feels disconnected. Am looking forward to a break after the lockdown to see if I can find some direction to the writing, away from this pandemic.

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  6. I absolutely love this especially; “The Poem and you are always in your first meeting.” Yes! 💝💝

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  7. Writing this way does in fact make the author someone who can cope with the crisis rather that be panicked by it or just act stupid such as those who pretend it won’t affect them and ignore all the rules and advice.

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  8. I certainly often feel I spend more time waiting for the poem that it does waiting for me! Sometimes the midnight epiphanies are slow to surface!! Good write.

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  9. Beautiful poetry❣️I, too, went back and read all parts together. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more meaningful description of writing poetry🌹🙏

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  10. “Teach The Poem to run its fingers over sharp edges.To cry in an unknown language.” Just one of the beautiful lines I love in this poem.

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