Here is the third of the photos and poems I want to share, this time of the word, ‘entiwne’.
Your gentle kiss on my cheek on meeting,
the weightlessness of your fingertips
upon my arm, the fine-spun notes of your voice
cradling the air between us – such gestures
grace my life. The crispness of your attention,
the poised placement of your words
one in front of the other to reach your meaning
has moments arcing between us,
teasing out the patterns we have chanced
into something others can weave their own
narratives into. These sequences
mouthed, moved through – a kaleidoscope
of truths – mapping out discoveries
choreographing curiosity, stoked.
I wrote this poem for Mhairi Allan, a choreographer I collaborated with during the Flourish project. Together we created a series of three workshops entitled, Breathe which used the 23 words as a springboard for movement. From the moment I met Mhairi, I was struck by how gently she carries herself through life and as our friendship grew I came to treasure it more and more. For this reason I chose to use the sonnet form of poetry to express my love for the time we spend together.
The Sonnet was traditionally written as a love poem and followed a strict 14 line rhyming pattern of alternating pairs. The first twelve lines contain the main idea of the poem whilst the last two lines (a rhyming couplet) feature a dramatic change in thought or emotion. However, in modern versions these ideas can be changed and played with however you wish. You will see in my version that I have taken one idea and expressed it throughout without using any rhyme. This approach is an easier road to follow through the form!
You could use the 14 line format to write a poem about someone you love or whose presence you cherish in your life. Or use the word ‘entwine’ as a theme for a piece of free writing or stream of consciousness writing about someone who’s life is entwined with your own, past, present or perhaps even future.
Image and poem Copyright Elaine Reid 2020