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well, first the wayward wind—grey—if you tried to hold it, your hands remained empty–

the song of the sirens, spilled into a traverse of stone and sea—perhaps some dragon’s breath—a shape becoming uncovered, a shape turning into a wheel that reminds itself to spiral—

the beach is hungry, but in a subtle way—do not conclude that it can be ignored–

gaping portals
azure shimmering
meeting places

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Stream of consciousness for Grace at dVerse.  I’ve been doing a lot of this because of a recent prompt I saw that incorporated this technique, where you took a treasured object and wrote a bunch of unedited stories about it.  This was from my origin story.

whelk 1 2015 comp

The original writing for this haibun took up a whole page–I just selected a few parts and made a kind of haiku by removing words from one “sentence”.  The drawings are once again taken from my archives.  I’ve spent a lot of time drawing shells.

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38 responses to “shell”

  1. calmkate says :

    love how you’ve interwoven fantasy into this, lovely!

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  2. navasolanature says :

    Yes, works well and I love the drawings.

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  3. Grace says :

    I so admire your work – both art and words. I love that wayward wind and the song of the sirens.

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  4. Lucy says :

    K, I love and admire your work. This is a stunning stream of consciousness poem. Each line is my favorite one as it’s so visual. I also enjoyed the comparisons to nature in this piece—very intrinsic in the way that nature is in its element. Very beautiful piece. I will come back to give it many more reads; it’s stunning.

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  5. Victoria Stuart says :

    Blue, here is a shell for you. Lovely stream here, and one of my all-time favorite songs, as well!

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  6. mefeedyoume says :

    Ethereal work.

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  7. sanaarizvi says :

    Lovely!! 💝💝

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  8. Helen Dehner says :

    Both ~~ stream of consciousness poetry and drawings are exquisite.

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  9. Beverly Crawford says :

    A wonderful blend of wind and sea and pure word magic! I loved it.

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  10. janetweightreed10 says :

    Beautiful post….thank you so much. Looks like your creative juices are in full flow:)X

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  11. autumn says :

    I love this:

    “the song of the sirens … a shape becoming uncovered, a shape turning into a wheel that reminds itself to spiral”


  12. rothpoetry says :

    I liked the thought of the ocean being hungry and not to take it lightly. Looks like it took a bite right out of that sea shell!

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  13. Mother Wintermoon says :

    Spectacular streams. Love the dragon’s breath and the artwork.

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  14. kestrelart says :

    Lovely shell drawings and the face collage caught me by surprise. I saw another image first then it resolved into a face. But I can’t get back to what I saw first.

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  15. Carol A. More says :

    Lovely! I am attracted to ‘broken’ shells – the perfection of the imperfect. Nature.

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  16. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    Really a wonderful flow of thoughts here… there is something so special to be lost in when being close to the sea.

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  17. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I’m constantly intrigued by the way your poems come about, Kerfe. It feels so natural when you talk about how you got there, and then I try it and I’m completely flummoxed. Lol. And sublime drawings of shells. They make me want to go to the beach. 🙂

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Diana. Not all my freewriting has coherence, but there’s usually a sentence or two worth keeping. The particular prompt I used had you collect words and then do a series of writings, refining your word lists in between. Complicated, but I liked that it took my writing in different directions. I know I tend to rely on the same words, and this expanded my vocabulary.
      I too long for the beach. Maybe next year…fingers crossed.

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