Poem Tryouts: There and Back Again

07 Oct

2:15 p.m. — Atlanta, as I write; Essex, Vermont, as you read

listening to the shower

Hello there. I’m in Vermont. I thought I had another week, which shows you how conscious I was of actual dates. We are up here to see our grand-daughter, Hazel, and to celebrate our son’s 40th birthday. Even knowing my age and being good at arithmetic, I find it hard to say ‘son’ and ’40th birthday’ in the same sentence.

I will give you today’s prompt, but will probably be dark Thursday, and definitely be dark, Friday. Here is the link to last Friday, which will get you to everyone’s site and you can go from there.

I had been mulling the connection between revolve and revolution for a couple of weeks before Hong Kong erupted. As it is my home, I have been following the Umbrella Revolution closely [live feed] and decided to make those words our focus.

In the etymology of revolve, the oldest is the Latin: re “back or, again” + volvere “to roll”. Additionally, unroll, unwind; happen again, return, go over, and repeat. Not a turning, or circling of any kind [more a back and forth-ing], nor anything inflammatory. In the 15th c. came the added meanings, of turning something over in one’s mind, and to cause to travel in an orbit around a central point.

This becomes the first of the possibilities for a poem. Think of a time, an incident, an event, when you did something, watched something, or thought something that in some way corresponds to the oldest meanings of revolve. That’s my preferred focus for you (i.e. I’m curious as to the poems that might arise), but I know you well. You might also consider one of the 15th c. meanings.

Given the meanings, also consider a form that will suit; although you do not have to use a form, this begs for that kind of play.

Revolution began with the revolving of celestial bodies and only became used to indicate a shift in affairs of state, in the 15th c.; the political meaning, the overthrow of an established political system was “first recorded c.1600, derived from French, and was especially applied to the expulsion of the Stuart dynasty under James II in 1688 and transfer of sovereignty to William and Mary’ [I gave you all that because I got a kick out of the historical origin].

This brings us to the second possibility and that is a poem to do with a matter of revolution in your life, or the world’s.

I shall see you for sure, next Tuesday for another prompt. I’m off to play with Hazel.

Happy writing, all.



Posted by on 07/10/2014 in miscellanea


28 responses to “Poem Tryouts: There and Back Again

  1. Misky

    07/10/2014 at 10:33 am

  2. Carol Carlisle

    07/10/2014 at 1:29 pm

    How did you know I went to this wedding and took this picture from way up there in Vermont?
    I hope I have a grandchild before my daughter is 40… I”ll be —
    You are still young enough to enjoy her.

    • margo roby

      13/10/2014 at 9:18 am

      I’m good, Carol, I’m good!

      I’ll add my wishes to yours. It does help to be on the young side of old. She is fabulous and exhausting.

  3. julespaige

    07/10/2014 at 1:44 pm

    Enjoy your time with Hazel!
    Age in years is only a number. 🙂

  4. nwian

    07/10/2014 at 4:02 pm

    Here’s my attempt: Thanks for the prompt

  5. Hannah Gosselin

    07/10/2014 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you, Margo! Vermont must be so pretty right now…you’re a hop away from me in ME right now! 🙂 Squeeze Hazel for me and Happy day of Arrival to your son!

    • margo roby

      13/10/2014 at 8:57 am

      I thought of you just over the way, Hannah. I did squeeze Hazel and pass on your wishes to Houston.

  6. georgeplace2013

    07/10/2014 at 9:30 pm

    Have fun with the grand – and happy birthday to your son!

    • margo roby

      13/10/2014 at 8:54 am

      I did, thank you [both parts of your comment!].


    08/10/2014 at 6:45 am

    Revolving Revolution

    A mystery of engineering
    is contained in locomotion.
    Up and down, up and down
    with clanking regularity –
    Watt’s beam in vertical motion,
    by some interior explosion –
    other parts go round and round,
    explaining execution
    of beam engine and pump.

    • margo roby

      13/10/2014 at 8:50 am

      I love when you have these small poem bursts, ViV. It’s fun to find them in comments.

  8. markwindham

    08/10/2014 at 8:14 am

    it is, as Viv points out, a bit of a ramble, one of those ‘itis3amandIcannotsleepuntilIwritethis” kind of spew.

  9. rosross

    08/10/2014 at 8:42 am

    Funnily enough, and I could be wrong, I think something I wrote today fits this:

    • margo roby

      13/10/2014 at 8:38 am

      Definition of ‘fits’ is up to you, ergo…

  10. b_young

    11/10/2014 at 6:27 am

    Late, late, late


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