I found the dVerse Poet’s Pub last week and got a huge dose of inspiration. This post – and poem – are in response to the prompt you can find here: dVerse Dead Poets’ Society. The challenge from Kim, who was hosting the “gathering”, was to read three poems and respond to one in our own way. I chose Siegfried Sassoon’s When I’m Among a Blaze of Lights and stuck mostly to the format, and somewhat to the sense of regret and wistfulness. And maybe I added in a little touch of the whimsy.
When I’m Writing in My Night-Mind
when i’m writing in my night-mind
the words sparkle and dance like stars
feathery-soft or razor-sharp
singing truths in stanzas and bars
sometimes I harmonize their lights
imagining rhythym guitars
verses spring forth, repeat, rotate
satisfaction with structure grows
these kindly thoughts have held me late
sleep is coming, part of me knows
“i’ll pen this wisdom tomorrow”
(of thoughts like this, i’ll never learn)
morning will bring abject sorrow
dreams stole my poem; it won’t return
Here’s the poem from Siegfried Sassoon, so you can see what inspired me. I borrowed a couple of his lines and turned then around a bit.
When I’m Among a Blaze of Lights
When I’m among a blaze of lights,
With tawdry music and cigars
And women dawdling through delights,
And officers in cocktail bars,
Sometimes I think of garden nights
And elm trees nodding at the stars.
I dream of a small firelit room
With yellow candles burning straight,
And glowing pictures in the gloom,
And kindly books that hold me late.
Of things like these I choose to think
When I can never be alone:
Then someone says ‘Another drink?’
And turns my living heart to stone.
I really, really like Sassoon’s poem. It beautifully captures the need to be alone, and the feeling of being trapped when you’re in a crowd and don’t want to be.
If you are a poetry lover, whether you read it, write it or do a little of both, I encourage you to head on over to dVerse for some poetic inspiration. Be sure to click on the little green “Mr. Linky” to read the poems.
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