birth of a poem

Linking to dVerse poets pub for Amaya’s challenge to “labor”…


as the product of

conception, a poem

begins with flicker

of flirty idea

which sparks a

burning desire that,

with heart unprotected,

climaxes in passion for

words, that are strung

together like double

helix into phrases

which multiply and


connected by

rhythm and rhyme;

hid in warm darkness

until fully developed

and ready to be

edited, contracted,

squeezed through

narrow passage

’til finally, its

author, depleted

and relieved,

delivers another

helpless poem

into wide world

and, whether

birthed online

or hard copy,


or wailing,

it comes

hoping to be

caught gently

by readers.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carolinestreetblog
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 08:55:29

    You hit the nail on the head!


  2. Gospel Isosceles
    Nov 14, 2019 @ 13:43:33

    Sexy! And I love the ending, with the possibility of more and more births as the poem fertilizes the reading eggs:)


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 14, 2019 @ 13:38:39

    I love the whole process, and I was happy to receive your poetic child.


  4. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 14, 2019 @ 11:34:58

    I like the description of a poem as a conception and giving birth.


  5. hank77
    Nov 14, 2019 @ 09:10:04


    ’til finally, its
    author, depleted
    and relieved,
    delivers another
    helpless poem
    into wide world

    It is excruciatingly created and like birthing it is masterly expedited. Clever writing lynn!



  6. memadtwo
    Nov 13, 2019 @ 11:21:56

    You’ve described the process well. (K)


  7. revivedwriter
    Nov 12, 2019 @ 23:09:05

    The image of the words “strung together like double helixes” is striking and gives this poem an extra dose of creativity. 🙂


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