Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Skyflower Friday: Goodbye

Greetings to all in the Imaginary Garden!

Farewell ~ Ivan Aivazovsky (1895)

As another year comes to its natural conclusion, it may be time for some goodbyes - some important part of yourself may have to be left behind in 2017 or perhaps there is cause for a pruning of old, dead weight to make way for new growth and opportunities which lie ahead. Very few of us can say goodbye without regret or some measure of pain. I would like you to use these ideas as a springboard for your poem today.

I leave you with the famous quote from Romeo and Juliet:

'Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.'

And a music video





17 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

2017 has seen some sad goodbyes for certain, especially here in the Garden. Sigh. This is a prompt that resonates with me, needless to say. The sun is beckoning, so I will go for a beach walk, then come back and write something. The other side of goodbye is sometimes hello, which I certainly have proved this year. LOL.

Tarang Sinha said...

Oh, sorry. I see everyone has written a new poem for this. I have shared one of my old poems. Will write one and share. Thank you.

Vivian Zems said...

A great prompt Kerry! I look forward to my bedtime reads😊

brudberg said...

I will try to write something, but will probably come in late... love the prompt.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Loved the prompt, Kerry💞 I will be back tomorrow morning to read and comment💞

brudberg said...

It's late and I need to go to bed... I will back tomorrow to read.

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Tarang Sinha, No worries. I went ahead and removed the link to the old poem.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Kerry, this is such a delicious prompt (and yes, I know I overuse the word "delicious" *sigh*). The guidance itself reads like poetry. So, of course, I couldn't resit.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Ha, today got away on me.....i will write something in the morning, and then will make the rounds. I walked too much today, then crashed on the couch.

telltaletherapy said...

Hello Kerry and thank you for this fond farewell - back later to read

Unknown said...

Hello Kerry, you left a comment that I did not post according to the parameters of this prompt. (It's ok if you don't post this, I just figured here was a place you'd see it when yo moderated)I am pretty sure you did not finish reading the post or you would have seen I did post specifically to Real Toads as well.

My understanding of the prompt was “good-bye” and pruning of old to make way for new. If you read the whole post, you will see not only did I use the shakespeare quote from Real Toads but there is also a good-bye to Bentz.

I know it’s a long post and maybe you did not have time to finish reading it all. The beginning part explains about Monkey Mountain which I think is needed to explain Bentz, a monkey who lived on Mt. Takasaki. So I first explain the setting, next the story of Bentz and then said good-bye to a very interesting monkey. I used to live in Japan and the story of Bentz was something that always stuck in my head. Your Romeo/Juliet quote reminded me of Bentz so I went looking for him. When I lived there, Bentz and and his girlfriend had both left their tribes and were hiding on the mountain. He had not joined up with her tribe.

When you get older, a lot of your good-byes will also be to memories, things you held onto because you never knew the end of the story, or even to places. Letting go of another place/time let's you be more present in the place that you are which gets a lot tougher as you get older. I just wanted you to know that I gave a lot more thought to your prompt than you gave me credit for. And in fact that's why I went looking for the story of Bentz even though I didn't know his name -- only remembered he left his tribe for love so it took awhile to find. If I had not seen the Real Toads prompt, the post would have ended without the story of Bentz. I enjoyed finding out his whole story but sad that he has passed so I thank you for that.
MNL (Cactus Haiku)

Esther Shaindel said...

I needed this prompt just now <3 Thank you.

Susie Clevenger said...

So many goodbyes.. It has seemed to be an extremely long, difficult year in many ways.

Toni Spencer said...

A beautiful prompt> I have said goodbye to my mother and a friend this year. I have gone in the classical/traditional/nontraditional Japanese manner.

WildChild47 said...

Interesting prompt with all kinds of possibilities - left my head reeling, and rather raw in the direction. But it's all good anyhow. Thanks for hosting Kerry.

Jim said...

Nice prompt but goodbyes are not always a happy event. I like to look back and see who all left comments, so many are no longer writing, blogs at least. And yet it seems we have new coming about the same time older ones might leave.
Please don't you leave, Kerry, ever.
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Marian said...

Hi Kerry... this prompt is so gorgeous and I thank you for it. Just now seeing it (Saturday morning) because... well 2017 a damn difficult year. Just had a car accident yesterday! For crying out loud make it stop! I'm okay... but geez.
Anyway just commenting to say I love this and am fairly fatigued but hope to be able to respond. And sending love to all of you. xoxoxxo M.