This is I who stood on a scatter of carpets in a mudbrick Moroccan home and studied a poster of our guide when he was an extra in Gladiator. This is I who climbed between the ksar's mud walls hung with carpets and Berber jewelry, amidst silver teapots and parchment camels painted with green tea, indigo, saffron, and sugar melted over a fire. This is I who never played a game of thrones yet ascended to grand heights and gazed over the realm of kasbahs perched beside a parched river, while a ferocious wind attacked with stinging darts of sand. This is I who wandered with a Catholic priest through this Muslim village, a holy man in tourist clothes who fingered textiles with rosewater-scented fingers and said mass each morning and night with his mini-wine bottles and compact chalice. He was an aging bodybuilder covered in tattoos, a gladiator of sorts, enchanted by this film-set village, this mocked-up Kingdom of Heaven.
“POETRY” Invitation: I invite you to write a poem of any poetic form on your own blog about a particular travel destination. Or you can write about travel in general. Concentrate on any intention you set for your poetry.
One of my poetry intentions for my trip to Morocco was to do a cluster diagram about a day of travel in a town: From the cluster, write a poem starting with “This is I who…” using particular details of the culture and its food, natural settings or customs. Use the power of perception to come up with a new perception. I found this prompt in Writing Personal Poetry by Sheila Bender, p. 119.
You can either set your own poetic intentions, or use one of the prompts I’ve listed on this page: writing prompts: poetry. (This page is a work in process). You can also include photos, of course.
Include the link in the comments below by Thursday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. EST. When I write my post in response to this challenge on Friday, December 6, I’ll include your links in that post.
This will be an ongoing invitation, on the first Friday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂
I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!
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I invite you all to settle in and read a few posts from our wandering community. I promise, you’ll be inspired. 🙂
- Jude, of Travel Words, tried her hand at an Erasure Poem and created a poignant moment between a mother and daughter.
Thanks to all of you who wrote poetic posts following intentions you set for yourself.
A great idea and interesting prompt. You certainly capture a variety of impressions in your poem.
Thank you. And thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂
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An excellent poem Cathy – so descriptive I felt I was almost by your side seeing what you saw. And thank you for the link to mine.
Thank you, Jude. 🙂
Yes, I can picture it all. Beautifully done.
Thank you, Anabel. 🙂
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‘This is I’ jars with me, Cathy, but the images are fascinating. 🙂 🙂
Thanks for your encouragement, Jo.
Poetic journeys, and so moving… What a wonderful idea, Cathy.
Thank you so much, Amy. 🙂
“This is I” is a great refrain, hinting at maybe some surprise that this “I” did this, the poet partly within and partly outside the self? What experiences you have had and how wonderful the detail with which you remember them. You make such wonderful use of prompts.
Thank you so much for your great feedback and your encouragement, Meg. I really appreciate it. 🙂
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