Defiance, or: Gravity

A Descort poem

a simple misstep causes me to stum-

ble fore-

wards, as my water is e-

jected up in-

to the air; I watch helplessly, clutching my glass
so that it won't shatter
up-

on the flooring \\ breathe \\ in~out \\ appreciate
this moment's magic;
liquid's defiance of gravity
captures my
imagination ~ reflects

Descort poem

The descort differentiates itself from other forms by differentiating its lines from other lines within the poem. That is, the main rule of descort poems is that each line needs to be different from every other line in the poem.

A descort poem has different line lengths, meters, avoids rhyming with other lines, no refrains, and that goes for stanzas as well. In other words, no two lines in a descort should look like each other.


โ€˜What do you seeโ€™ Prompt #140

For Sadjeโ€™s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offered the photo below as inspiration for writers to produce art.

Image credit; Avis @ Pexels

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

46 thoughts on “Defiance, or: Gravity”

      1. Just so perfect what you did with the backslashes to differentiate between the lines. That innocent moment โ€“ the stumble โ€“ is both superb and hilarious to introduce the topic defiance or gravityโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„.
        Glorious photography and a lovely handling of the subject in poetry.

  1. How is it that your water is suspended but my water rushes to cling to me?? And that refreshing shower is rarely appreciated because Iโ€™m on my way out the door. Of course it wouldnโ€™t be a problem if I could remember to close the lid to my water bottle!

  2. Excellent response to the prompt David! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I think the poetic style you chose worked for this particular image! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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