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I refer to dreams
Like entities when truly
They deserve description
Paradoxical mysteries of the mind?
Some things need to be left cryptic

I speak of serenity
Like I could find it on a map
GPS it in my dreams aspirations
Doldrums, lulls within the chaos
Would suffice

Hearts and havens
Thrive within phrases
And I too, fall for the obvious
Ancient shells, ancient trees
All a matter of preference

This is how I begin
“This” is a word I use often
My bona fide crutch
We, you and I
My launching pads for poetry

A word I would never use
Choppy, awkward
Rolls off the tongue like a rototiller


For dVerse Poet’s Pub, as we examine our word choices in poetry.

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12 responses »

  1. “off my tongue like a rototiller” — hillarious

  2. I love how you explained what your “launching pads” were right in the poem! nice write

  3. A wonderful ars poetica. I especially enjoyed your descriptor of conundrum. I think we all have crutches and words we eschew for aesthetic reasons. Thanks for linking, I really enjoyed your take on the prompt!

  4. a launching pad.. I love that. I think you made conundrum work fine.

  5. love how you used a word you would never use 🙂

  6. I would add that we all gained a little knowledge by writing this way for Anna’s prompt. I like that!

  7. I appreciate the glimpse into your writing process ~ I hardly used the word conundrum too ~ Wishing you a good week.


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