As a bird

free verse
dismisses regimental rhyme
overrules page forms
lets accentuals loose
liquid quicksilver
lava flow
- but no-
dry dip-pen scratchings
scuttle like crabs off sandpaper
scatter almost scatologically
cerebration, constipation
Try Harder! - now there's the strain
bumbling stumbling block
I just - must - let - go

44 words trying to fly off the page  for De’s  Quadrille: Free

35 thoughts on “As a bird

  1. Oh, man do I ever love this:
    “dry dip-pen scratchings
    scuttle like crabs off sandpaper”

    Those crabby, crabby words. More of these than birds for me, lately. Well done, Laura. Such strong images here.

    1. I think I could hear Eliot’s dry brain in a dry season – liberating prompt De

  2. I too love the scuttling crabs. The words do truly run away from your brain just when you need them most. The images are strong and sure.

  3. LOVE this….and yes, sometimes that poetic muse is sooooo hard to come by….and if we just let loose, it pops in place. Especially love these lines
    “dry dip-pen scratchings
    scuttle like crabs off sandpaper”

    1. Maddeningly elusive is the Muse – but she did give me those lines!

  4. I love this, Laura! I especially like:
    ‘dry dip-pen scratchings
    scuttle like crabs off sandpaper
    scatter almost scatologically’ –
    wonderful sound effects!

    1. freeing expression I think is a point between effortful and effortless –

    1. a little tangential is the bird but thoughts fly or scuttle – too often right away!

    1. – thank you and welcome – it was a common childhood prompt I recall and written on school reports

  5. I know that feeling. L love how the scratchy crabs create the sound of a scratchy pen, and I like your bumbling, stumbling block. Lots of lovely wordplay.

  6. Scatological. Another word learned from your blog. Wonder where and when I will be able to use it 😀

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