Where I Live

I live in the moon.
My precious shell
pierced amply by meteors
to form my oddly shaped windows.
Sunlight and rain flow in
bathing the trees I sit underneath.
The glow of stars reflect all around,
they hit the sides and
the stream I splash my feet in.

Twenty-four hours
there’s enough light
so day or night, I can indulge
my abiding drive to write
to the neglect of every other endeavor.

I sit, invested for hours,
pulled in, moved to tears
by thoughts beautiful and sad.
Page after page is curled
as I ink my ideas to them.

I’m safer here
to follow my inspirations
more than in any other location
with freedom to create
and room to build anything
to amazing crescendos
and resonant resolutions;
Since no telephone rings this far out.
No one’s radar detects me to tell me
what I ought to be doing.

Back on earth from my home
friends and family absently
turn their backs to me
expecting me to be unavailable.
It’s fair and reasonable and offers last minutes
to reflect on and delight in my recent efforts
even when I wind up with
less than the next prize winning verses.

©2009 Shari Lynne Smothers

Prompt: #105 Borrowed Words posted at Read Write Poem for the whole story.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

16 thoughts on “Where I Live

  1. Welcome to our weekly prompts and writing, writing, writing. I can completely relate to your emotions and your word choice is exceptional.

    Here are some examples of my favorite phrasing:

    >>>>
    I sit, invested for hours,
    pulled in, moved to tears
    by thoughts beautiful and sad.

    AND

    >>>

    so day or night, I can indulge
    my abiding drive to write

    >>>>

    (I have the same abiding drive!)

  2. Thank you so much for visiting and for the welcome. I appreciate your feedback. It always interests me to hear what works for readers. I look forward to reading your poem and other participating poets this weekend.

  3. I enjoyed reading this poem. It made me think about how much I cherish the place and time I need to be creative. I think you deserve a prize for your phrasing, your alliteration and for a great poem. Well done Shari, thank you for sharing!

  4. I adore your beginning here,
    “I live in the moon.
    My precious shell
    pierced amply by meteors
    to form my oddly shaped windows.”
    Windows! Wonderful!

    Maybe we'd do well to join you there on the moon. Actually I too discovered my own moon, but alas, it's 17 hours away. Might as well be the moon!

    A nice conversational poem, like we were sitting in the same room together. I like that. And yes, welcome to RWP!

  5. I like the idea of the moon, barren and spotlit (though beautiful) as it is, as a place of refuge, the artist's sanctuary, alien but orbiting, otherworldly but familiar.

  6. Thanks Neil. It felt like I was describing it to someone who wanted to know what it was like the place I worked in. It’s the space that takes shape around me when I’m focused on my writing.

    Sometimes I don’t want to be so conversational, but it’s not so easy a pattern for me to break. I’m glad it works here. I greatly appreciate your feedback. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. And thanks for the welcome. I’m really glad I joined RWP.

  7. Thanks for visiting and sharing, Jerry. I'm glad I finally started with RWP too. It's an excellent way to learn about other writers. I look forward to reading your writing, too.

  8. Thanks, Linda for your generous words. I'm really glad that you liked the poem, and that it reflected positive experiences with creativity. Cherish is the perfect word for how I feel about my time and space to be creative. It's my pleasure to share.

  9. Hi Shari,

    Sounds like a nice refuge you have, with trees to sit under and a stream to splash in, far away from daily cares. Obviously, it works!

  10. Hi Shari,

    Sounds like a nice refuge you have, with trees to sit under and a stream to splash in, far away from daily cares. Obviously, it works!

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