Thursday, August 26, 2021

Perfect Pastime



My daughter Sienna & her fiancé Mahmoud. 

Photo by Amy Soto

Recently, I purchased a puzzle and set it out on my dining room table.  I'm not much of a puzzler, as they tend to frustrate me, rather than relax me.  I know, though, that both of my college age girls enjoy them  So, now whenever they are home (neither one lives at home), they sit at the dining room table to work on the puzzle, allowing us extra time for chatting and catching up!  When I sat with my daughter, Sarah (not pictured),as she worked on the puzzle,  my mind began to brainstorm words and phrases that eventually became my poem below.  


Perfect Pastime 

puzzlers gather

working together 

pouring over 

fragmented

puzzle pieces

pondering positions

concentrate    

pushing pieces 

together      


colors and shapes blend 

over time  

promising a picture 

Amy Soto


I try to keep an open mind when it comes to my writing.  I am always on the lookout for writing topics and have realized that sometimes, what seems to be ordinary, can in fact, be extraordinary writing inspiration. 
 


Today's Poetry Friday roundup is being hosted by Elisabeth at Unexpected Intersections.  Check her blog for lots more poetry fun!

12 comments:

  1. It's lovely to capture a moment that may seem ordinary but becomes special. The early "fragmented" & then later "pushing pieces together" feels like more than a puzzle. (My daughter's name is Sarah, too.)

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    1. Linda, so nice to hear that you also have a Sarah! Thank you for your feedback - I love that you notice another meaning. :)

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  2. Oh, yes, finding a poem right in front of your eyes. I like your start: puzzlers gather/working together and I think your skinny poem (one of my favorite formats) shows the way you have to work on those many-pieced puzzles, gaze, inspect, try, so you pause and move on, like in your poem. Not being patient enough or good enough I admire those who can see them through to the end. Janet Clare F.

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    1. Janet, thank you for your feedback! I appreciate your kind words.

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  3. Nice idea, putting out puzzles for quality chatting time :-) I especially like the ending of your poem.

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  4. Amy,
    What a sweet poem and photo of Sienna and Mahmoud and the kitty. I so agree with your statement: "sometimes what seems to be ordinary, can in fact, be extraordinary writing inspiration." Lovely puzzle poem!

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    1. Thank you, Denise! Their wedding is next weekend!

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  5. Oh I do love a puzzle - and I love this poem about putting them together! All the alliteration and "p" words - especially that last line "promising a picture." Thanks for sharing this! (And best wishes to the soon-to-be married couple).

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  6. Pondering positions--we are all doing a lot of that, aren't we!? In my view, even a poem that wants to be about something grand and sweeping and deep has to begin and stay grounded in the ordinary. Your puzzle poem works because of this.

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  7. I'm a fan of puzzles and poems - yours 'just fit'. :)

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  8. I love all your alliteration!!

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