she hands me a daydream
a world in which we can be kind
where what is true
and what is necessary
don't have to be
on opposite sides
is it naive of me
to believe in the dream?
Here are the words and my poem for the fiftieth week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge.
When I receive the words for the week on Instagram, I write them down at the top of a piece of paper along with the number of the week and the sender's name. Underneath is where I begin to scratch out what will become the poem for the week. After a while it gets to the stage where the paper is all messy with crossed out bits, arrows all over the place and scribbles in the margins. At this stage, I transfer the whole mess to the computer so I can see it all clearly again. Rarely, I will write the whole poem on my phone.
As I was writing down the words for this week I was struck by their order. I'm not sure what goes through the sender's mind or if they already have an association that affects the order. But the order in which they come definitely affects the associations that begin to occur in my mind as I write the words down on paper. Similar words pair together and the poem starts to take shape.
If you want to join the 2019 Poetry Challenge, head on over to my Instagram account (@indraniperera) where I post the words for the week on Mondays (mostly) in my story. Write a poem and post it. Be sure to tag me and use the hashtags #2019poetrychallenge and #livepoetsclub. If you're not on Instagram, post your finished poem in the comments below so we can all read your masterpiece.
If you don't want to write a poem, you can still be part of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Send me five random words and I'll use them in a poem. Either DM me on Instagram with the words or send me an email (indrani at indraniperera dot com).