Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Word Contortions

Interesting prompts abound this morning!  And interesting responses to these prompts abound too!  Check out the links to the sites if you want to read more great writing!

Sis/Few Miles provided the word 'Solitude' as inspiration for penning haiku, and Magpie Tales presented a crystalline photographic study to serve as a gentle nudge for my muse to get me to write a tritina.  

Image courtesy of Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Bacon Logic

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. ~Francis Bacon Sr., English Lawyer and Philosopher, 1561 – 1626

I am not a god.
I delight in solitude.
Ergo, I’m a beast?

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The overlaid image is courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
Contortionism in Crystal

Light bends itself in the crystal
like a swirl, a shape - or a face.
Ask yourself this – what do you see?

Is it movement?  The letter ‘C
or is it something else?  Crystal
can urge and compel you to face
                           
that which lurks beneath the surface,
like the magic under the sea.
What do you see in the crystal?

If you gaze into the crystal’s facets long enough, there are unexpected things you might see.  

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(Please note, for the second image, the original crystal photo, as posted by Magpie Tales, was pristine.  I overlaid it with another photograph using PhotoShop because I 'saw' a Cirque du Soleil artist swirled within its etched edges.  I was fortunate enough to see a live Cirque du Soleil performance a few years ago, and happily, I will be in the audience for another of their productions later this year!)

38 comments:

  1. YAY! Someone else who edits the original picture! Great poem btw!

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  2. great idea, brilliant take on the prompt.

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  3. Oooh, I didn't see that! Cool!

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  4. I've been known to edit a prompt or two ... love your take on this!!!

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  5. smart combinations.
    love your Haiku.

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  6. Delightful ... thanks for sharing your fun creativity. becca



    http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/closed-to-the-divine/

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  7. Love the crystal poem RJ.
    Beautiful images.

    Pamela

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  8. Lena - thank you! And yes, I do sometimes play with PhotoShop, It's fun!

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  9. How luda'crys'...'stal' I couldn't 'see'. it. Stared it squarely in the 'face'...now all is crystal clear!
    LOVE the wordplay!

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  10. Wow Elaine! Thanks for the kind words!

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  11. Great creativity..and such fun!

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  12. Lyn - glad you thought it was fun! Thanks!

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  13. creativity at its best.. Thanks RJ.. beast.. :-)

    Someone is Special

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  14. wonderful work..
    loved the question in the haiku :)

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  15. This is brilliant, though I might not have read it had I realised what it was - I haven't written mine yet. I'm not even sure it will make it to the submission stage!

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  16. Indeed a beautiful write ..both Haiku and the poem.. well done..

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  17. ooh, I saw it..bit like subliminal messaging..your poetry is so complex takes a unique mind! (and solitude is definitely godly)..Jae :)

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  18. Sumit - thank you for your kinds words!

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  19. Jagdish - I'm not sure what you mean. How do I baffle? (Hopefully it's a good thing!) ☼

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  20. Dave - thanks! I'm curious, 'though - why wouldn't you have read it had you known? Well, I hope you submit because you write such interesting words!

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  21. Sheilagh Lee said: wonderfully written with great pictures.

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  22. This is great. Love what you did with the image!

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  23. Jae Rose - you just made my day! Thanks!

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  24. Sheilagh Lee - thanks so much! I love to find artwork that ties into my writing - so thanks for noticing that! ☼

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  25. Thanks, Tess! And I'm glad you're not upset that I altered your amazing photography! (You're such a good sport - and such an inspiration!)

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  26. Thought provoking and captivating....what a cool take on the prompt! :-)

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  27. Carrie - that is so sweet of you to say that!!!

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