Poetry, or: Serious play

A limerick

When thoughts and feelings madly swarm,
My mind turned dark and driving storm-
Play with words brings me peace;
Syllables proffer release
As do poetic devices and forms.

d’Verse poetics: Playtime!

At d’Verse, poets are encouraged to pen play-themed poems:

Play pat-a-cake with the cat. Draw chalk cartoons on the sidewalk. Flirt in your head with your fantasy lover. Be a Formula One race car driver. Go out and dance under the moon with the faeries. Choose any which way and have fun with it!

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!

63 thoughts on “Poetry, or: Serious play”

  1. Having structure around thoughts – especially stormy ones – truly is so therapeutic. It not only helps me see/feel things differently, but also invites my wandering mind to settle after the stanza (unlike when my thoughts are free to float forever and ever and ever…) Beautiful and relatable, Ben!

    1. ❤ Heather ❤ ~ YES! That’s exactly how I feel… that’s part of why I read and reread my poems after I post them… that helps me process and internalize my own thoughts 🙂

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’ because that is my first name. The word ‘ben’ simply means ‘son of’ in Hebrew, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’… I create my blog in his memory, you see…

      I know it’s not intuitive because ‘Ben’ is also a popular name in English – I’m sorry for the confusion!


      1. Oh gosh, I’m so sorry about that, David! I should have gone to your profile pre-commenting and I would have seen that. Thank you for clarifying – and for sharing something with me that I never knew!! 🙂

        1. ❤ Heather ❤ ~ no sweat!

          I've actually considered changing my handle because so many people call me ‘Ben’, but I feel really feel attached to the meaning of ‘ben’ 🙂

          It would be so much easier for me if the Hebrew word for ‘son’ were something more like ‘ooga booga’ – because that way nobody would assume that’s my first name! 😀

          Alas… it is not so…


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