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Prompt #146 A moment in time. Aha!

March 7, 2013

A moment in time. Aha!
We Write Poems:

There’s nothing better when something
comes and hits you and you think “Yes!”
~J.K. Rowling

E p i p h a n i e s   or
moments of being‘ as Virginia Wolfe called them.

epiphany moment comes to mindOften inspired by a trivial incident, an epiphany is a moment of clarity when your eyes are opened to something in life that you were previously blind to. A sudden insight or realization that changes one’s understanding. It can become a defining moment where you gain real wisdom – wisdom you can use to change your life. Whether big or small, funny or sad, secular or religious, epiphanies can be surprising and inspiring. Each one is unique, deeply personal and, we think, worth sharing.

twas a moment’s pause, –
All that took place within me came and went
As in a moment; yet with Time it dwells,
And grateful memory, as a thing divine.

~ William Wordsworth

For this week’s prompt, we’re asking you to write a poem that describes an ‘aha’ moment. Whether it’s based in personal reality or you choose to fictionalize it…. set to verse an epiphany.

Needless to say, in the literary world, epiphanies can be overused and even trite. Ever watch the TV series ‘House? ‘ There’s a moment of epiphany in every episode of this TV series. A moment when something seemingly trivial and unrelated sparks the diagnosis that House needs, usually just in time to save the patient. So yes… epiphanies can be trite and sophomoric. On the other hand, and I don’t know about you, but I love epiphany moments in both prose and poetry. They keep my yellow HI LITER pen busy while exclaiming out loud ‘YES’ . why didn’t I think of that? After all, as writers or readers, aren’t we all looking for a “manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something; an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking”? (Thank you Merriam-Webster.)

And… who knows when the poem that we write might just be an epiphany for our reader? Isn’t that a grateful moment to consider?

Come back to leave a link to your poem next Wednesday when you see our second follow-up post called, It’s Post Your Poems Day!  If you have questions about We Write Poems and our prompt-and-poem process, or if you are new here at WWP, please read our about page.


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