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A poem about writers' creative rituals

Updated on May 28, 2013

Writing Buddha

On chilly Tuesdays, I write according to a strict ethos.

Evening light is subdued in a room of primary colors,

heat on medium to ensure balance and the notes

of a piano concerto flicker amongst red and white candles

encircling two cream-colored half moon chairs which

my mass spans from east to west - never west to east –

although the manner in which I recline varies.

A fairly upright position is best when writing about truth, faith

or hope as my feet are distanced from my graying head,

keeping things pure, clear and beyond reproach.

For poems about love, sex or death, I find curling

like a tomcat is more conductive, allowing a middle

to form from the meeting of extremes, that place

our mothers only wanted us to know about in theory,

a page in the Kama Sutra with the corner twice folded.

But my favorite position beyond a doubt is this one,

the one I reserve for writing about poetry where

I lay on my left side in boxers and a t-shirt,

my length crinkled into separate stanzas, the leg bone of each

connecting to the knee bone of the next, concluding with

a Pictish-looking head bone adorned with a triad

of black periods and a parenthesis on its side,

the traditional depiction of a boat or – sometimes -

a bowl, its contents only visible from above.


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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Glad you enjoyed it. :-) The book is with my publisher and should be out in ebook format within 30 days *knock on wood*

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is really good work and another beautiful poem. Your writing is quite impressive. About your book, did you self-publish or find a publisher?

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Oh WOW, this is so awesome, love your Writing Buddha, your formal desriptions of writing positions is pure magic, especially 'the meeting of extremes' and the 'length crinkled into separate stanzas!' Delightful poetry, thank you, all my good votes to you, Darryl and sharing this magic with my followers.

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      Lakepoet 5 years ago

      A great matter what position you wrote it in

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      good work...i enjoyed reading it :-)

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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Thank you :-)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Your words say much in this beautifully written poem !

      Awesome !