Creation writhes its forked tongue
Bludgeoning the glass from the sand
Ending promise before awakes the sun
Grains of direction now strewn within this man
Beasts of sacrifice scar the symptoms purse
While leering eyes jeer the cursed eyes
Its scales impress, charring innovation’s curse
As the tidal moons ebb, tainted waves arise
Artistry possesses crux of being
If a muse infects the soul, there is but a single course
Nevermore condemned by visions of mortal seeing
Within his own world, the artist is his only source
Yet, ever shall the sane cross their glance
Isolated in, one’s own love, averted stare
For his salvation, the creator will devour vanity’s dance
Ever knowing, even for the best of them, have inferiority to bear
Victoria is hosting meeting the bar tonight over at D'Verse, where the prompt this week is to imitate one of your favorite poets. I've often tried to do this, especially after those times you go back to their poetic works, as I'm sure many of us do so often, and find yourself becoming entranced upon these poets every word. Unfortunately though, I've never been pleased with what I've produced in such efforts. It's always one thing or another, perhaps I feel I've lost my own voice in the process, or, upon reading, find no connection to he/she you were hoping to recreate, mainly though, I believe we hold these favorites of ours to such high standings, that we might feel as if we're disrespecting them. After all, we love our original work, that's what we live for. We aren't some band, who may write their own songs, but can always fall back upon laying down cover track after cover track. In poetry it's, by imitating, we get that incorrect feeling of plagiarism, slowly seeping into our thoughts.
But this thought process is inhibitive. Creation makes use of ideas and adds to them. If we were to simply copy a poem and call it our own, sure there would be a dirty feeling about the air. But when utilizing these poets to help advance our own craft, there's only benefits to be gained.
...and even if we don't gain anything from the project at all, there's nothing wrong in paying a bit of homage to those writers of words we love.
I normally don't take part in meeting the bar, not for any particular reason that I can think of, but I saw this topic and had to at least take a stab at it.
The piece I wrote I purposely left unidentified, as I'd love to see how close I came after reading the comments. Thanks again.