Day Four: A poem on LOVE, without cliches

Day FOUR: NaPoWriMo 2015

Yesterday, our featured resource was an app to assist in memorizing poems. The practice of reciting poems is enjoying a resurgence in schools, partly due to the great efforts of the Poetry Out Loud program, which organizes recitation contests. At their website, you’ll find teaching resources, tips on how to organize contests, tons of wonderful poems, and more.

And now for today’s prompt (optional, as always). Love poems are a staple of the poetry scene. It’s pretty hard to be a poet and not write a few – or a dozen – or maybe six books’ worth. But because so many love poems have been written, there are lots of clichés. Fill your poems with robins and hearts and flowers, and you’ll sound more like a greeting card than a bard. So today, I challenge you to write a “loveless” love poem. Don’t use the word love! And avoid the flowers and rainbows. And if you’re not in the mood for love? Well, the flip-side of the love poem – the break-up poem – is another staple of the poet’s repertoire. If that’s more your speed at present, try writing one of those, but again, avoid thunder, rain, and lines beginning with a plaintive “why”? Try to write a poem that expresses the feeling of love or lovelorn-ness without the traditional trappings you associate with the subject matter.

LOVE by the Meditation Tree

Sitting on a small hill-side,

The rocks gently leaning over

The trees bending towards them

In a perpetual , touchless embrace !

The leaves and the shrubs — still — in a waitingness

Different shapes, coalescing, separating 

In a silent harmony,

Anticipation without the anxiety.

The flowing out of peace to the beings around–

the ants, the birds, the bats and the humans

All done, without the need for acknowledgement.

Is this the embrace of true kinship?

Where you BE and allow others to BE

Where inner quietude is shared; in non-judgemental awareness

When the little things of life

— small joys lived in the moment — are LIFE!

And afterwards you walk away,

Unfettered by your own giving

Naturally replenished, 

since just a viaduct for Source.

© Lakshmi S. Menon


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