Thursday, 16 December 2010

Moondustwriter's Thursday - music poetry prompt

Welcome to Moondustwriter Thursday.

 I'm going to change things up today. I'm feeling in the wintry mood. Early in 2010 I responded to a poetry prompt. The prompt instructed us to write a poem/prose based on the inspiration of the music. There are many ways this can be done. You can close your eyes and listen then return and write. You can write with your eyes closed - Ha or write with your eyes open. Here's the kicker once you walk away form the poem and the song there is no more editing.  The thought is that your poem is at its purest most inspired form. You may just write a series of  words speaking of your inspiration. Please use the musical inspiration of one of my favorite contemporary composers George Winston. Because both songs are long you can opt on just half of one song. If you are brave , you may want to try your hand at both.
Enjoy the quiet that time to listen and write affords - I am.


Please listen to December by George Winston



OR...




I chose to write my poem on the Walking in the Air piece



The Snowflakes Have to Fall 
the snowflakes have to fall
 snowflakes have to fall
today
*
 they're making for me
 make for me
an imprint
*
the snowflakes have to fall
  snowflakes have to fall
today
they once were in my mind 
once were in my mind
faraway
*
then I didn't know
 the painful feel of snow
I was in a dance of your warm romance
sun's rays
*
the snowflakes have to fall
 snowflakes have to fall
today
*
forever thy will fall 
forever they will fall
on my life
*
walking in this life
 I feel the chilling strife
 frozen in this place
 without your warm embrace
memories of warm arms
wrapped in mine
 against
the night
*
your soft lips
pressed to mine
they were 
 all I knew 
they were my
 sweet sun rise
our sweet
 Pas De Deux
***
Our dance slowed
she strummed your cords
she- knowing  right words
 cords pulled at you
breaking me in two 
breaking
apart
*
pulled strings of your heart
you fought to hold me
  the pull of brilliant reds and oranges
her fingers  were too strong for you
her beauty was a masterpiece
you looked me in the eyes with pleas
and said goodbye 
tears a trace
I saw the rivulets
on your face
and
*
I said my sincere goodbye
 a smile I surely did not feel
The winter has become my cherished friend
enfolds me
 in 
its white
*
I am impervious to the cold
 icicles of life 
my friends
*
Summer memories hold me 
in that dream
of your smile
my dear
ever in here
ever loved
ever mine
*
one day you will hold sunshine
 near me 
one last 
kiss


one last 
time
*

the snowflakes have to fall 
 snowflakes have to fall
today
*
they represent in me 
represent in me 
 decay
*
the snowflakes have to fall
 snowflakes have to fall
today
*
reminding me of what 
reminding me of what
I gave
*
yes but as long as they fall
I know your heart of hearts
feels me
too


32 comments:

Anonymous said...

the poetry went well with the music...it flowed. since snow flakes are similar but never the same, the poem captured the uniqueness of a snowflake.

Doubtfulpoet said...

Hey Leslie, my poems are almost always written listening to music~ you've done a great job, I'm hoping this will inspire lots of poetry? <3

Dave Holloway said...

Nice presentation.
I'm glad you shared this idea.
Thanks Leslie

cosmos cami said...

This was SOOO beautiful! What a lovely discription of snow dancing.

One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers and Artists said...

Hope some of you will try your hand. Maybe take a piece of the music for starters

Have fun!!

One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers and Artists said...

Hope some of you will try your hand. Maybe take a piece of the music for starters

Have fun!!

Kodjo Deynoo said...

My attempt is with the first song December, hope you guys like it

George Pappas said...

wonderful poem.
fit very well with the music..
images haunted me....winter with the lingering ache of heartache and loss
and memories of the warmth and passion of love
and yet how each snowflake that falls as with each person we let into our lives is unique.
wonderful merging of two mediums.
Thanks for exploring

George Pappas

g-man said...

MDW....
Your poetry is wonderful.
The music is quite soothing..
The pictures are beautifully seasonal
Great post

itslovelyannie.com said...

I love this! I have to run to an appointment (better not run since we have a bit of an ice storm here!) but when I am back...I look forward to seeing what this music evokes in me! Looking forward to sharing...

much love,
Annie

betweenhearts75 said...

A quiet morning with some lovely inviting music and your wonderful poetry Leslie. In this I could feel the sense of chilled air with its snow drifts swaying to-and-fro and the changes that linger memories of warmth. ~ Beautiful writing Leslie! :) April *hugs to you dear! *snowflakes expected here today too

Eric Alder said...

Wonderful words, Moondustwriter! I know what an inspiration music can be. I wrote my piece, bit by bit, while listening to the songs of guitarist-extraordinaire Adrian Legg. Each segment came from a different song.

PattiKen said...

Oh, dear friend. This poem is filled with so much pain, and the music holds a magnifying glass to it and draws out every icy detail.

Just beautiful.

Glynn said...

Cool idea, Leslie. Brings back memories, too -- the very first time I heard George Winston music was in the gift shop of the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina in 1985. And I bought the cassette tape.

slpmartin said...

Love what you did with poem Leslie..the structure of the poem was perfect for the message you conveyed.

Fireblossom said...

The comparison of the snowflakes to the connection falling and changing is so well done, my Moon Sista.

*sigh*

Shaista said...

Musical poetry :) the perfect kind! I tend not to write in rhyme (much to my younger brother's disappointment) so for me, my Willow Song, is the singing kind. Hope the Little Brother approves... and you! Thankyou for your charming snowflake poem, I danced with it as it fell...

Gigi Ann said...

WOW.. what a great Snowflake poem.

I used December for my inspiration, my poem is very elementary compared to everyone's lovely poems. Oh well, I tried, wrote the first thing that came to my mind, and no editing.

Gigi Ann

Hope said...

a beautiful piece of music and your words are so fitting. I actually sang it and it moved me greatly!
thank you so much
just beautiful!

Tammy said...

How fun!

Claudia said...

what a fantastic idea leslie. would love to give it a try but had a crazy day plus business dinner and think i would fall asleep instead of writing...

Jannie Funster said...

Exceedingly lovely.

A bit sad yes, of course. But lovely.

I think I'll pull out my Bach and give a poem a whirl tonight.

xoxo

Josepf J Haslam said...

Music prompts are awesome... Some of my favorite poetry is inspired by music such as With @jesskristie and @Diana605 :-)

Alice Audrey said...

The music and imagery are lovely.

Melissa Campbell said...

I love writing to music. And I love George Winston. Thank you, Leslie! Great poem too!

One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers and Artists said...

Thanks - will have to try again - it's a fun way to write - it actually took me longer to write than I take with most my poems
this happens to be the longest poem I have ever written.

you are still welcome to try your had will leave the link for you

redchair said...

neither song held my interest, so I found myself writing a to-do list...

M.L. Gallagher said...

This was way too much fun!

And I love your snowflakes falling You made me fall into memory of remembering someone in that place where love melts away but is never lost

Very cool!

LouiseG

Medhini said...

I chose to write for 'December'... It's the third part of the 'When the earth fell in love'... and this is song was a great inspiration for it... thank you... The visuals and the music was a treat to all the senses!

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Catt said...

Oh I like this. Lovely repetition. It's song like too. Great work, Leslie, sorry to not reply sooner.

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