Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Rerun #3 – Journeys

Originally Posted July 31, 2010

It’s been said that we travel to lose ourselves, and that we travel to find ourselves. Proust wrote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” What does “travel” mean to you in terms of wonder, discovery, and self-revelation? Has a journey in your life given you “new eyes?”

Write a poem in which you travel: the journey may be real, imagined, emotional, or spiritual. You may take an “overland trip” through description, attention to details, and sensory perceptions, or you may lead readers through your journey's surface terrain into the emotional, spiritual, or metaphorical landscape at its center.


  1. It's so interesting to see prompts from the first year of the blog -- long before I discovered it. There's always fun and poetry to be had here. Thanks, Adele

    1. Thanks so much, Jamie! So glad you're enjoying the summer reruns!

  2. Hi Adele,

    Having fun with the reruns! Thank you :)

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    The Visitor

    The visitor, making his way through
    the situation with a sense of routine.
    It is not clear, however,
    why this cause for alarm. Then,
    the whistle blew awake the night
    and the day, and every word,
    beyond any shadow of a doubt—
    the thing itself.
    "This way, please,"—just that—nothing else.
    The chemistry of the body and the world,
    purely physical. Finger-tips, fleeting
    touched, "Why—it's alive!"

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your poem, Lewis! All good wishes to you!

    2. Thank you for sharing, Lewis! It's great to see the poems that these prompts inspire!

  3. Amita Jayaraman (Mumbai)July 28, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Greetings from Mumbai! These rerun prompts are most enjoyable. I especially like your idea in this one to consider actual, emotional, spiritual, and metaphorical journeys when writing to this prompt. Thank you!

    1. Hello, Amita! Thanks for your comment—I'm so glad to know that you're enjoying the summer rerun prompts. Happy "journeying."

  4. Amazing blog and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!