Daily Prompt: Teach Your Bloggers Well

Daily Prompt: Teach Your Bloggers Well

How to Write a (little) Poem

Is it all that lofty? This dream?
“No,” I would say, “Poems,
Are right where you, yes you,
Want them to be.” 

They can be anything you want them to be.
You could dress them in lavish gold robes,
Ornate with a diamond air about them;
Set the hanging chandelier up, to illuminate
The room with a dazzling grandeur.

Or, they could be very simple, plain and clear
Down to a spartan salad of words
Picked carefully, nonetheless, to put across
Whichever point you choose.

But at the end, the Literature class 
Will have your Poem stand before them,
Prince or pauper, and they will strip it bare,
Mercilessly, relentlessly, until
There is nothing left.

Only a shivering, cold Purpose, a Meaning
That is the echo of the heartbeat 
Of your Poem. And we readers will discern
With our ever-attentive ears, what that throb says
What it washes us afresh with.

Then this judging panel would nod in unanimous agreement,
“It has been an absolute pleasure to have read your heart.
More than that, it is an experience we would not forget
In the many other Candidates to come.”



Thoughts: On the differences in virtual communication, part II

It’s been really long since I visited WordPress intentionally to post, and I realised I have much to catch up on.

I thought I would continue with the question I left at the end of part I for me to answer:
“What do we really need for interaction to occur at a level that enables the deepening of our relationship or to understand the other party better?”
I think this question was asked by me in direct reference to the impact virtual communication will have on us. I covered quite a bit of this in the ‘argument for VC’, mainly the purposes for virtual communication. So now I wonder, can we continue using this form of interacting with other people as a way to sustain/deepen relationships? Or to what extent, then, can we make the best use of VC without tripping up the stairs (figuratively)?

In my initial opinion, virtual communication should necessarily be a secondary source of, or a supplement to, real-life interactions. When thinking about how true that statement could be, the one predominant plausible counter-evidence that came to my mind was: Long-Distance Relationships (LDRs). LDRs are quite common, as I see them, on Tumblr, where couples/people have LDR blogs documenting/featuring their love relationship sustained mainly through phone calls, texting and so forth. The two sides are separated by ‘thousands of miles’ but it appears there is little problem with either side about this. They physically meet up when it is possible, usually in blue moons.

LDR couples could be used as a central point of discussion and contention. How does everything fall in? Is this a legitimate model of the components of relationships? Is VC as a core interactive path actually possible? I now only offer my take on the matter, I am no official expert, after all. 

A little argument

  1. (Assumption) Both parties in a relationship are keen to truly deepen their relationship.
  2. With an objective in mind, the most effective method to achieve it is sought.
    Sub-conclusion 1: Both parties in a relationship would seek the most effective means to a deeper relationship.
  3. When seeking to apply the most effective method, one would wholly strive towards it.
  4. (Assumption) When striving towards something, mental motivation must necessarily encourage physical effort to attain it.
  5. Sub-conclusion 2: When seeking to apply the most effective method, one would be motivated towards it and attempt to utilize it.
  6. Conclusion: Couples seeking the most effective method to deepen their relationship would be motivated to, and attempt to, utilise it.

I learnt all this from school a long time ago. Hopefully it’s passable as some representation of how I see the matter. We can use this structure to work backwards towards the optimal (most effective) method for furthering a relationship (no pun intended). What I mean is, LDR couples using VC as their primary (most regularly employed) method may not necessarily view this method as the optimal method, nor must it be. 

For couples in very good relationships, one should look towards what they strive towards, rather than what they have to make do with. If they long to meet up but most of the time have to make do with messaging, then VC is the primary while RLC is the optimal, which explains their success. I think? May make sense…

So, my final point is this: while your main method of interaction with another person is important, it’s your core motivation towards (what you view as) the optimal method that matters. That sets the stage for the dance that plays out between you and that person – what you both see as the foundation of the relationship dictates every tap and spin, every swirl and slide. And when it works, you can know for yourself what is the sweetest music to dance to.

Gold-Bottled Green and Brown

*A post after a very long time!*

This person trudged on through leaves,
Towering guard-of-honour trees,
Swivelling green and rust-brown,
But she doesn’t care.

Everything’s a
Landscape, the
Cracked brick path, hanging lamps,
Other vague distant shifting shapes
And shadows, maybe there
To comfort her, to torment her;
To empathize, to criticize;
A lent shoulder, an icy glare;      

They do matter. She searches,
Painstakingly, through those unfeeling eyes,
Through the blending, ebbing mass
Of dark matter, the hope of finding someone different
Throbbing softly within her.

She knows, all too well,
That complete release of herself
To another, like the tree
Letting go of the once-glorious green,
Now withered, lifeless parts within her.
Chance, of burning pain,
Of relentless days of rain,
After carefully spilling that

That they would not grasp it.
Not cradle the fragile leaf
Hold it dear
No. What if they toyed with it,
Throwing it to the
Swirling wind, to an
Anonymous fate?

This girl, trudging on through leaves,
Shadowy tomb-still trees,
Shifting brown and rust-green,
Knows they do not care.