Poem Tryouts: Be Still My Beating Heart

01 Mar

11:10 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to Dave Grohl singing Blackbird

Hello, everyone. I am a trifle behind so let’s get right to it. A word day, yes? Still. Do you feel the slowing down within what’s around you? I find when I think the word still, there is a moment that feels so. I know it has to do with the i and the ll’s, possibly the initial s, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

The meanings, though, they are of interest because they are quite varied. When I hear still, I think unmoving. A logical offshoot, then, is the meaning quiet. We can have tranquility or noiselessness. A little harder to see is the meaning even yet, as in, Still, I don’t know about going into the storm. To see how that works and to look more closely at etymology and meanings, I have given you two links.

As to what to do with the word, Choose one meaning and have the poem reflect that meaning.

Or, looking at the pages I gave you (or another you prefer), use several synonyms within the body of the poem, but not the word still.

Or, create an image that embodies stillness. Choose words that sound still.

Or, go your own way.

Play with that and I look forward to seeing what arises. I shall see you Thursday for links and next Tuesday for another prompt.

Happy writing, all.



Posted by on 01/03/2016 in poems, poetry


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21 responses to “Poem Tryouts: Be Still My Beating Heart

  1. julespaige

    01/03/2016 at 12:16 pm

    Because when we are …still… we can reflect.
    I added your link to my prompt list for my post of:

  2. pmwanken

    01/03/2016 at 3:43 pm

    hi margo 🙂
    Still editing this one…I’ll leave it here for now.


    Shadows shift
    as hours pass to days
    days to months
    months to years.
    Even yet, shadow remains…
    and in it, I stand.

    • georgeplace2013

      02/03/2016 at 8:08 am

      I like “shadows shift even yet, shadow remains” That even yet lends it weight.

  3. barbcrary

    01/03/2016 at 4:03 pm

    And when I hear the word “still,” heaven help me, I think of moonshine. Also what a wonderful music choice, for you today and for the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment Sunday night. 🙂

  4. purplepeninportland

    01/03/2016 at 10:15 pm

    Good choice, Margo. Happy to see you again!

  5. Misky

    02/03/2016 at 6:34 am

    This is not at all going as I want. Every time I think “still” or “silence” my brain stirs up the opposite. I don’t think there’s a still bone in my body at the moment.

  6. debispoems

    02/03/2016 at 8:00 am
    barbcrary, I had to grin cause that was my first thought, too.

  7. georgeplace2013

    02/03/2016 at 8:06 am
    barbcrary. I had to grin cause that was my first thought, too.

  8. Walt Wojtanik

    02/03/2016 at 10:03 am

    Many “stills” from which to choose. I went here:

  9. barbara_y

    02/03/2016 at 11:54 am

    Oddly, the word came up again today, in–yet–another context.

  10. memadtwo

    03/03/2016 at 6:06 am

    the connection is tenuous, but still…

    • margo roby

      03/03/2016 at 12:05 pm

      That’s okay. The point is what comes from your brain.

  11. markwindham

    04/03/2016 at 2:28 pm

    Look! A poem, or something like it.

  12. Hannah Gosselin

    05/03/2016 at 6:35 pm

    Soooo late…sorry, I’ve been hanging out with a sick kiddo this week…lots of snotty-snuggles…eeewww and awww. 😉

    Thank you, Margo!


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