You cling to me in desperation
Your soul peels the layered paint as if it breathes
Would you unravel the yarn in a baby sweater
And expose her to the extreme elements?
Or capture the music from the cello when it wafts dreamily
To reach every listening ear?
You find solace in earl grey tea, yet choose decaffeinated
Because of course hope to you is only pleasantries and never stirs
The mountain town is far from the sea
You choose to look back where fear was close range
Pretending there you were safe
Hope is far beyond words I extract from a tree
In the rain forest
Without chafing there would be no pearl
A bluebird survives winter with a simple change of diet
Linda Kruschke and Paint chip Poetry. “This week we are in the D section of the dictionary and I’ve decided to challenge you all to write dramatic monologue, defined as follows:
DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE Poem spoken by a character or through a persona (Greek for “mask”), rather than by the poet or an unidentified *speaker.
In a dramatic monologue, the speaker must be identified, although he need not be named. The character who speaks the monologue will usually be human, but it an be an animal (like the pig in Philip Levine’s “Animals Are Passing from Our Lives,” . . .), a plant (like “The Red Poppy” by Louise Glück . . .), or perhaps an inanimate object. The speaker can be a real person, an imaginary character, a historical or literary figure—anyone except the poet or some neutral voice. Robert Browning‘s dramatic monologues essentially lifted the Shakespearean soliloquy out of the play and presented it without the larger context of a whole drama, without the actual interaction of characters on a stage. All of the action is compressed into the monologue, which may either be spoken or written to another character or spoken in isolation, the speaker talking to himself. Events before the monologue must be suggested or mentioned. When the speaker is unaware of the implications of what he says, but the implied listener or the reader understands them, the monologue contains dramatic *irony.
You may decide who your speaker will be first, and then figure out what they will say using the paint chip words and phrases. Or perhaps the paint chips will help you decide who your speaker will be. It’s up to you. Please title your poem “__ Speaks.” And please include at least four of these words and phrases in your dramatic monologue: bluebird, Earl Grey, pearl, mountain town, baby sweater, rain forest, and cello.”
I used all 7 words, surprisingly! No rhyming. My own free verse, because I can.
Image is my personal photo.