Phonaesthetics

Poetry should be pleasing to the ear, it needs an esthetic connection with beauty like a teeny weeny polka dot bikini, something everyone wants to look at.  Poetry can be used to express your feelings and ideas in your own distinctive style and rhythm.  Poetry is created by carefully choosing and arranging your words and when they are able to stir a reader’s imagination or emotions that is the essence of artistic writing.  Words are grouped to carry meaning, thus creating a delicate balance for writers, forcing them to juggle between which words they will choose to give them the most lasting return on their efforts.  Not everyone has the capacity for poetry, but people try even if they only end up hiccupping haikus out wave by wave.

There is no single definition of poetry, but if you have patience and some mental abilities, it can be learned through practice. You may start writing something and then have a change of heart and decide to scrap it and start over, which is often done. You may write your best stuff when you are relaxing at home in a comfortable nest, or possibly poetry may come to you in your dreams.  You never know where your inspiration will come from, but you must open the gate and let it in when it comes knocking.  You will probably never get rich from digging a ditch, but if you construct a fortified counterscarp to protect your moat, you could end up being the king of your castle.

You will never be able to make someone love you, all you can do is put yourself out there and hope to find someone who can be loved.  Nothing can humiliate a person more than having their heart broken, but instead of crying about your situation, write a poem and express your feelings, as that should make you feel better.  Join the MeToo movement and turn your tragic experience into something that can be shared with others and give them hope.  Write something that makes your heart pound, something about that barracuda who took advantage of you.  You can engage in a gaslight poem, which is the systematic psychological manipulation of a victim when the reality they just experienced didn’t actually happen, which could make for great reading.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Humiliate, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Capacity, for Mathew’s Daily Inkling prompt – Change of heart, for the Daily Spur prompt – Gate, for FOWC with Fandango – Nest, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Hiccupping haikus, for Nova’s Daily Random Word prompt – Counterscarp, for Ragtag Community – Return, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Wave Gaslight Barracuda and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Delicate.

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