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Prompt #76 Falling apart

October 13, 2011

Falling apart

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(This is a fairly simple prompt but with a long description. So bear with us a minute please.)  

Maybe there’s been a major change at work, in your marriage, or with children, parents or a friend, maybe it seems to be coming undone and you feel at a loss. Or perhaps you left your phone on the bus, or the plumbing is just backed up. We all have times like these in our lives, be they seemingly large or small. Maybe we even sometimes wish for just such a change because we feel the need for something new and fresh.

Generally our culture looks upon such events in a negative manner. Yet Ilya Prigogine, a Belgian physicist, won a Nobel Prize for his theory of dissipative structures (a kind of chaos theory). He demonstrated a period of dissolution is needed before any system, like a cell or society or person, can change to some higher level of organization. This casts the process into the light of a creative event, making room for something new to emerge.

This concept actually is hardly new. There’s even a term for the process – apokatas’tasis, as an invocation in reference to good fortune hidden within apparent misfortune. Rumi closed a poem with these lines,

        The bowl breaks.  Everywhere is falling everywhere.
        Nothing else to do.

        Here’s the new rule: Break the wineglass,
        and fall toward the glassblower’s breath.

Or a Hebrew Kabbalist expression, “become like an empty tree, a flute played by God.”

M. C. Richards wrote, “The way to center is by abandonment. Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I’m not yet?”

Or in the Cirque du Soleil song, “Let Me Fall” by B. Jutras (from Quidan),

        Someone I am
        Is waiting for my courage
        The one I want
        The one I will become
        Will catch me

So if you feel something broken or lost in your life, be it large or small, refrain from sadness and try celebrating “the undoing”, the opportunity for a new possibility in your life that is now opening. See if you can recall and welcome such an event in your life in the form of a poem. Begin with acknowledging the change, perhaps using words like, out with, unwind, let loose, drop, open, set free, reveal, uncover. Then you can also look to include what might next seem to making a new home in that space now provided. What is the “blessing” within this event? That’s our poem prompt suggestion for this week.

Within the next week or two following this we’ll begin using the prompts suggested by our community. And thanks for participating! Remember too, we’ll continue to be looking for any prompt responses posted by you throughout this entire week (actually, always!), and yes, it is welcome and fine if you have even more than one to offer us!

Thanks and credit to Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge and her sparkling book, “poemcrazy” for most of the notions of this prompt.

Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself.    ***    You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share.    ***    When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!).    ***    Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

  1. Rinkly Rimes permalink
    October 16, 2011 1:28 am

    I’ve just returned from a holiday so I had no time for a new one! Sorry!

  2. magicalmysticalteacher permalink
    October 18, 2011 3:45 am

    My response to this prompt can be seen here


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