New Words

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What can I write about the LORD,
No one has thought or said?
There must be new words I can sleuth,
Unknown within my head.

I know the canon has been closed,
No scripture comes through me,
Yet is there more praise I can give,
Before eternity?

Spirit inspire and guide me through,
Deep mysteries divine,
Then show my hands the keys to type,
And clues I should combine.

Reveal a prayer or simple phrase,
Unused upon this earth,
Construct the pieces I must write,
In poetry and verse.

The Lost Thought

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I recently read some of the poetic works of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and found The Lost Thought and one more untitled gem with a similar theme (the Kindle version of her poems is free). I think everyone can relate to losing a thought or idea…

THE LOST THOUGHT.

I felt a clearing in my mind
As if my brain had split;
I tried to match it, seam by seam,
But could not make them fit.

The thought behind I strove to join
Unto the thought before,
But sequence ravelled out of reach
Like balls upon a floor.

UNTITLED.

A thought went up my mind today
That I have had before,
But did not finish, — some way back,
I could not fix the year,

Nor where it went, nor why it came
The second time to me,
Nor definitely what it was,
Have I the art to say.

But somewhere in my soul,
I know I’ve met the thing before;
It just reminded me — ’twas all —
And came my way no more.

Those who write can especially relate to not writing down that brilliant line or catchy rhyme. We may have a similar thought later, but it’s never the same. And then, it’s gone.

So, capture your thoughts and ideas by writing them down, or recording them on your mobile device. Just don’t forget where you keep them. I tend to scribble ideas everywhere, but that’s another issue.

How many thoughts have you lost?

Poetry, Poetry

Chess

Poetry, poetry,
Meter, prose, and rhyme,
Metaphors and free verse,
Different grapes yet wine.

Poetry, poetry,
Passion’s aching kiss,
Lips melt like chocolate,
In sugary bliss.

Poetry, poetry,
Grieving engineers,
Create caskets from words,
Fill tissues with tears.

Poetry, poetry,
Not seen but observed,
Each syllable crafted,
With truth and absurd.

Poetry, poetry,
Chess match played in song,
Life captured verse by verse,
Checked by the poet’s pawn.

Behind the Lines

Poetry is found throughout the Bible. From the first recorded poem in Genesis (when Adam first lays eyes on Eve (Genesis 2:23) which is his only recorded statement before the fall), to the Song of Moses, to the Psalms, and the Song of Solomon.

Hebrew poetry often features the repetition of ideas using different words to express the same meaning (parallelism).  Poetry is  sometimes difficult to interpret with strange metaphors and figures of speech. There are laments and praise, stories in song, rhyme and meter, acrostic, and alliteration.

Poetry gives a medium for us to express our deepest emotions including love, grief and death. Poetry helps us see life from a different perspective, it helps us remember and memorize certain passages and events, and gives form to our lyrics and songs.

Have you written a poem without it being a school assignment? What was the driver (nature, love, grace, grief, etc.)? Who did you share it with?

Feel free to share your poem (or link to it or your blog) in the comments.

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