Thursday, October 10, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 10 Touch

Hi. I'm Maria. Nice to meet you. This is my first time writing a prompt for OctPoWriMo.

Can I touch you? 

 

No matter how you feel about being touched, I'm not physically able to touch you, however, my words might, my ideas might, poetry will. 

I remember the first time someone asked if they could kiss me, it would have been my first “real” kiss, but the question stole my idea of the passion of it. I got mad and said NO even though I wanted it. Why would that kiss have been different? What in that touching of lips would have been different without the surprise of the movie ideal slow-move? Why does a kiss even have meaning that is different than touching of fingers, or hips, or toes?



I have absolutely no connection or rights to this video. It's just on youtube.

I was going to avoid this video that kept coming up when I looked up Touch, but watching it, I laughed out loud twice: the first time I saw the “flesh-colored” vinyl bodice over her pink sweatshirt and then when she danced in it trying to be sexy. Okay, I laughed a lot more than that. As a costumer this is the funniest video I've seen in a long time. I thought I'd include it because the few words in the song have a lot to do with how we think about touch.

Prompt: A small touch can mean so much. But was it intended? What is touching you right now? What are you touching?


What's great about that video is the visuals contradict the message. Those dancer's are as interested in touching floors and walls as people, but it does project the idea that touch is about sensuality and wanting to be touched—I would say—desperately.

Word prompts

I usually think of texture as adjectives, but today I want touch to be active. What happens when we use texture words as verbs? Objects bump, welt, smooth. And what do textures do to you? They can melt, dry, chill, prick, grate, knot, soften.


Poetry type: Clarity Pyramid


Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.


 
Maria L. Berg enjoys brisk swims in the Pacific Northwest. Her short fiction has appeared in Five on the Fifth, America's Emerging Writers Anthology and most recently in Writer Shed Stories. She writes and photo-illustrates Gator McBumpypants picture books and plays many instruments. You can find her poetry at experiencewriting.com.

45 comments:

  1. Day 10 - more cinquains!



    https://rallentanda.blogspot.com/2019/10/octpowrimo-2019-week-2.html

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    1. I like this use of touch and thanks for sharing the beautiful music.

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    2. Pleased you enjoyed the music.

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  2. My entry for day 10.
    https://sgeoil.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/a-west-coast-dawn/

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    1. This has a great visual use of touch "The tide has gone out to touch the sky." I really like that.

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  3. a monotetra from me :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/octpowrimo-day-10-the-place-where-silence-had-a-voice/

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    1. I really like how the repetition of swaying rejoice makes me feel like I'm on a swing or a see-saw. "Welter" is a great word. It has so many stimulating meanings.

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  4. I really enjoyed playing around with the Clarity Pyramid form and the sense of touch. My poems SOFT and HARD https://experiencewriting.com/2019/10/10/writober-2019-day-10-touch/

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    1. Both your poems are awesome. The prompt put to use perfectly :)

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  5. Happy to be here so early in the day. Already late for a meeting. Looking forward to reading what others have written later . . . later!
    https://bethandwriting.blogspot.com/2019/10/octpowrimo-10-museum-visit.html

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    1. I really like the build up to the final question.

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  6. I tried the clarity pyramid. The form rather took over from the content.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/loss/

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    1. This poem is powerful. I especially love the active touch verbs in the second stanza. I think the content and form worked well together.

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  8. I know I'm emerging from my summer funk...I'm writing again!
    http://voxhumbugsite.com/2019/10/10/touch-octpowrimo/

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  9. A second one.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/all-i-ever-wanted-2/

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  10. Grateful for insights about money I had today: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/minted/

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  11. Here is mine for today. https://isaiah46ministries.com/2019/10/10/love-restores-us-octpowrimo-2019-day-10/

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    1. I like this response to the prompt. Great message.

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  13. Tried the Clarity Pyramid.

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2019/10/touch.html

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    1. I really like the way you used touch in "softly touching scented breathe."

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  14. I am enjoying writing again! Thank you! https://writersdream9.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/touch-2/

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    1. I am so glad to hear you are enjoying writing. I enjoyed your poem especially the line "In life I have learned by touch."

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  16. Allegro adagio set of the cannons

    https://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2019/10/touch.html

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  17. A little too cold
    Watching the traffic outside
    It's very quiet.

    And this one too:
    https://xanhaiku.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/sensate/

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  18. Wonderful prompt, Maria!
    Day 10:
    http://tao-talk.com/2019/10/10/octpowrimo2019-day-10-warm/

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  19. Day 10 - a clarity pyramid for me

    http://mkvecchitto.com/2019/10/10/smooth/

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  20. https://writeyourcrazylifesane.com/2019/10/10/sense/

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  21. https://serendipity756.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/what-i-remember/

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  22. https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/star-gazing/

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  23. This was a challenge for sure. https://rhscribbles.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/octpowrimo-2019-day-10-2/

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  24. I was too early to post yesterday. The feed wasn't up, so I thought I'd come back later in the day. Then, yes, you've guessed, I forgot.
    So here is my Day 10 , Now a bit late.
    I do hope people still get to read it

    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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    1. Your words made me read it straight away :) And I liked it so much I suggested a journal you could try submit it to. A lovely, uplifting poem.

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    2. Angela, have you some poems for us to read please? . I tried to find you but...

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  25. A late entry
    https://thetenthzodiac.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/the-touch-poem-for-10-10-2019/

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  26. Late to the party yet again! Here's my take - http://iscriblr.com/touch/

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  27. Hi, I'm Cie, and I'm playing Catch-Up, down here at the end of the list where no-one ever looks. Go me!
    Touch Me Again

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  28. My day 10, playing catch up again
    https://m.facebook.com/groups/100274680128833?view=permalink&id=1438944446261843

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