Conceit, or: The Highlander

Hundreds of millions of thoughts -
Spray streaming from the soul -
Into yielding, strong, slick channel -
T'wards vision's luring hole.

Doubts acidic dissolve many -
Many more - flow away -
Still, coated with self-confidence
Some swim on - undelayed.

Slick inspirations fluid
Rippling muscles creative -
Aid - thousands - although only one
All others shall outlive

Coursing with agitation -
Re-formed by artistry -
Rushing t'wards that glowing screen -
Which conceit shall it be?

d’Verse ‘Conceit’ prompt

At d’Verse, poets were invited to revisit a prompt from 2013 and use the concept of conceit.

A conceit is defined as an extended and complex metaphor that creates that apart from creating an element of surprise. If a metaphor is used to enhance imagery the conceit is better suited to describe an intricate metaphysical or emotional subject.


Sources of Inspiration

This poem was inspired by two other poems:

  1. ‘The errant one’ by Punam Sharma; and
  2. ‘Because I could not stop for Death’ by Emily Dickinson

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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30 thoughts on “Conceit, or: The Highlander”

  1. Powerful wordsmithing here, David! 💝💝 I especially like; “Slick inspirations fluid/Rippling muscles creative/Aid – thousands – although only one/All others shall outlive.” 🙂

  2. You’ve created such a creative image of creation. Your words are slick and they penetrate the reader’s mind. Well done, David. The image is so alluring. 🙂

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