Sunday, November 14, 2021

poetry lesson #10

If i am asked to give a talk on writing poetry, i will repeat the same words as this...

pencil sketch by dsnake1

poetry lesson #10

to write a poem, keep to your pace.
you may walk to a different drum beat
be it.

know what you want to talk about.
a prompt, a sexy photo, blue skies
your anger.

write a draft, the stuff that comes
to mind, sticky notes, that passes by
write it.

frame the words, like a picture
find a form, like this poem, fence it
feed your cat

and then take a break, you know me
go to youtube, weird docus, favourite
rock bands

i keep coming back, ever since that song
in a disused shipyard, guitars and drums
that tell time.

i am distracted, headphones seem stuck,
they are just too pretty, i will be back
in a week


Shared on Friday Writings #2 at Poets and Storytellers United.

BAND-MAID - Daydreaming

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger  said...

lol, love:
“fence it
feed your cat”
“you know me
go to youtube, weird docus, favourite
rock bands”

14 November, 2021 03:40  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I'm sure many of us can relate to your very honest lesson. I like the interesting form, too, with a tiny punch line at the end of every stanza. (I'm definitely going to steal - er, copy - it. If you want to claim it as yours and give it a name, happy to acknowledge your authorship.)

14 November, 2021 07:25  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

"frame the words, like a picture" I really love this line. I love that it's a perfect mixture of reality and beauty. I think that when it comes to writing poetry, this is a deliciously succinct way of describing the process.

P.S. I love your Friday Writings badge!

14 November, 2021 09:32  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


yeah, that's me. :)


i don't have a name for that form (maybe Akane, from the illustration).
that short 'punch line' is sort of to highlight the first 2 lines, like an instruction or command.
please feel free to use the form, or improve on it.
it's ironic, i am not a huge fan of structured poetry, yet here i am playing with forms. :)


haha, that's about what my writing process is. especially about the 'take a break and watch video' part.
it's a nice badge eh? Feel free to download and use it. :)

14 November, 2021 11:35  
Blogger Thotpurge said...

I love what you're describing - that's the ideal process, mine is much more unstructured and chaotic... more breaks and stuff in the head than actual writing and framing!

14 November, 2021 11:57  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Thotpurge.
i think each writer will have his/her preferred writing process. there will be some common guidelines all agreed upon.
even from chaos can emerge order. :)

14 November, 2021 13:35  
Blogger Rommy said...

I am also very charmed at the phrase "frame the words like a picture". That does get to the meat of it in such a perfect way. LOL, and I always build in some time for distraction too.

14 November, 2021 20:38  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Rommy.
The distraction recharges the mind. :)

14 November, 2021 21:01  
Blogger colleen said...

I like this form, the fence, the feeding the cat in the middle. Here is the start of one I wrote about writing.

You write your own vows
and recite them out loud
This isn’t your first poetry reading

You pick the best
but vary your playlist
You don’t show up
in the same dress twice

You read something sad
and something funny
Something old and new
borrowed or blue...

14 November, 2021 22:30  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Colleen, for sharing the poem you wrote.

what you said about writing is pretty awesome too. and it seems like this is more for performance poetry. nevertheless, poetry is supposed to be read aloud, a form of storytelling, communication.

i liked what you said about never showing up in the same dress twice. :)

15 November, 2021 00:04  
Blogger Graham Lester said...

I was going to write a pithy comment but something came up on Spotify and then the telephone rang. . .

15 November, 2021 05:31  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you, Graham!

15 November, 2021 10:48  
Blogger phillip woodruff (jalopy dreams) said...

all of this is very well written and clever, i liked this stanza best:

"i keep coming back, ever since that song
in a disused shipyard, guitars and drums
that tell time"

sound like a pretty goo process my friend.

16 November, 2021 10:14  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
yes, quite a pretty good process. :)

16 November, 2021 10:45  
Blogger J M Beames said...

I find your process works for many fields. If one stares at something, the solution never seems to materialize but stepping away you find your path.
I hope I didn't miss-characterize this but I seem to have a similar journey.

17 November, 2021 22:05  
Blogger Helen said...

Another winning sketch + poem! Cheers and Happy Wednesday.

17 November, 2021 23:52  
Blogger ashok said...

Good one Lee

18 November, 2021 00:34  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

J M Beames,

ha, it seems like we are on the same path. :)


Thank you! :)


Thank you! :)

18 November, 2021 10:13  

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