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dVerse — A Fixed Place

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Anmol (HA) is the host of dVerse today. Anmol says:

For The Tuesday Poetics, I am, therefore, asking you all to explore geography in your poems. There are different ways of going about it — you can explore and inculcate the various subjects that are a part of the study of geography like meteorology, climatology, ecology, environment, culture, population, development, and human-nature relationship; you can write about your city/state/province/region; you can combine different elements and ideas and map out your own geography of who you are and where you stand, etc. It’s quite open-ended and I hope you all would have a lot of fun writing on this theme. Once you have published your poem, add it in the linking widget down below and do not forget to visit and read others and share your thoughts with them. I wish you a wonderfully poetic week ahead. See you on the trail!

The idea of geography and how it shapes a person, I was reminded of a book I read way back when it came out in 1993, called, “Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World,” by Scott Russell Sanders. Forever fantasizing about world travel, the reality is I’ve never gone far from where I was born for long. Staying put suits me. It means I’m in a comfortable bubble, far from the turmoil that networks our planet, but it suits me.

My offering is in nonet form. The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line. Also THANKS go to Sabio Lantz.  I re-typed the poem in WP holding shift+control while hitting enter and it allowed single spacing!  Yay!  Very much appreciated editing info!!!

Humans are meant to roam the earth and
many do, in varied amounts.
But those who choose to stay put
find wonder in small things:
bluebirds soon return
robins hop-chirp
buds blossom
grass greens

44 thoughts on “dVerse — A Fixed Place

  1. I have never encountered a nonet before; it’s kind of cool. My great love for free verse is because it is like playing tennis with no net; smile.

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  2. Very well said — it’s true that there is something very peaceful about staying put. I think it may be about one’s calling and the experiences that we gather with time. Finding wonder in those small things is the most beautiful thing. 🙂

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            1. Well he doesn’t have shockers or drop too many bombs so it would be difficult to do a spoiler with his stuff. 1) a story about weird coincidences that have to be more than coincidence. he meets a person randomly but it leads him to a very important conciliation. 2) a story about a stone that keeps moving around on a person. OK now for my reality part. I decided to do an A-Z daily challenge starting in April and chose “signs and symbols” as my daily topic. I was looking through a large volume of signs and symbols to begin compiling the ones I’m going to be using. OK, A is the first letter (duh), so the first thing I start reading in there is a thing called aaskouandy (not just one “a” but 2 “a”s, so first entry!) Guess what it is? It’s an object that won’t stay in one place. What’s really going to blow your mind is I picked that sign/symbol out BEFORE reading the two stories (they are the last two stories in the book.)

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                1. yes. it does! My research on the entries has been a lot of fun. Only at “C” right now, but am learning a lot. I also borrowed an e-version of his book, Colourless. Have read a few pages, and it’s pretty good.

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  3. The form works really well for this – it narrows our gaze down, as the speaker’s gaze is narrowed but intent, and then that final “Spring!” is an explosion.
    Great editing tip, as well. I must give that a go.

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  4. I roamed a bit when I was younger but these days I prefer the comfort and familiarity of home, and the wonder of those small things, however predictable. I love the way your nonet’s shape expresses these ideas so succinctly, Jade, with the roaming long first line and the lovely surprise of ‘Spring!’ at the end.

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    1. I’ve taken a few vacations and lived about 20 miles from here for a 3 years of so, but I’ve been within a 10 mile radius of my birth home all my life. Thank you for the feedback on the form it is good to remember for this form.

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  5. I agree. I don’t know that everyone does notice the small things, but for those who do, there’s definitely beauty to be found.
    I agree the form worked well for this.
    I’ll have to try the editing tip.

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  6. Beautiful! I have had the pleasure of doing both! And while it is wonderful to be able to travel abroad, I love the fact that I can also go exploring in my own backyard. I will never learn all there is to learn in those few square yards. 🙂

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