anton gourman, call & response, candy dulfer, claudia schoenfeld, conversations, david stewart, johann wolfgang von goethe, lily was here, poetry prompt, the erlking
If we listen closely we can hear it – there is conversation everywhere, a continuous flow of call & response. We say things and we do things, and it never falls on neutral ground but always creates a reaction of whatever kind.
You may know that I’m a Saxophone player and one of my favorite pieces is the one I’m posting below – “Lily was here”, played by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and a breath-taking Candy Dulfer.
Why do I love this piece so much? I love it because there is a conversation, a story.. listen how it develops… started by Dave.. and Candy responds, adapting to his voice, picking up his beat, his tunes but in her own unique style…then it’s getting more passionate, she’s getting passionate and he lets her fly…provides her with a carpet to soar upon and then he brings her back again and she lets him, gives in until they’re there together again, same level, one voice. There’s so much going on in this piece and I have listened to it again and again, each time discovering new shades and nuances.
So today’s poetic challenge is to write a call & response poem, a poem with two or more people interacting – verbal or nonverbal.
A very popular example for a conversation poem might be Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s Erlking – click on the above link to read, but scroll down and read the second version, think it comes closer to the german original..
Another great example is Anton Gourman’s “Tea and poppy rolls” – highly recommend the read..
So.. are you inspired and ready to go..? Then let’s do it…create or capture some characters, let them talk, let them show us their emotions, make us curious, make us feel them.. and tell us their story..
Here’s how it works…
- Write your poem
- Post it on your blog
- Click the Mr. Linky button below, and in the new window that opens up input your name and direct url of the poem.
- Visit others who have taken the challenge.
- Have fun..!
good evening everyone…are you up for a bit of call & response..? looking forward to overhearing your conversations..smiles
Peter Gabriel with the always amazing Kate Bush…don’t give up…cause you have friends…and the best of friends are always poetic souls! Love the prompt, Claudia…off to answer the call! see you all soon!
“the best of friends are always poetic souls” … Isn’t that the truth? 🙂
woohoo….thanks for an awesome prompt today claudia…i took a very different approach today and tried something new as far as form…wont that make gay happy….me and form…lol…
Yours was unbelievable, Brian. I read it before I even discovered the prompt was up. You blow me away.
Yes, Brian, I thought yours was wonderful.
brian miller said:
Not sure mine fits the bill but, it’s kind of conversations between myself and our hiher powers, so, I guess it’s between more than just one person. It’s up anyways, and you commented on it so, I guess it meets the prompt. Hope so anyway.
I hear you on the being tested but, yes, eventually, if we can surrender all ego/will/fight and stop all the ego, we can ‘find’ what it is that we seek. It seems you did too. So glad for you and your children too. 🙂
enjoyed your poem…glad you share it with us..and yes…
Beth Winter said:
What a fun challenge! Time and concentration is a bit of an issue for me (sick dog) so I linked a previously written piece. I hope you don’t mind. I look forward to reading and enjoying what others offer as well.
i love how you make the birds talk…will observe the birds in my garden more closely..maybe they have something to say as well…
brian miller said:
Hi Claudia, it is really a great prompt and I have given my impromptu response! 🙂 Now I have to go back to bed.
sleep well oceangirl..and on my way to read…
sweet dreams OG!
I love all things impromptu.
One of my favorites–never even knew the name of it (Lily was Here) but you’ve opened it up into a whole new dimension. Love the interplay between them. Now I’ve got to go play with the prompt. Yeah!
looking forward to what you’re coming up with… and the mussels you ordered over at my place will be ready by the time you come back with your poem…
Can I get some calamari?
they’re sizzling already in the chip pan…
I’d actually prefer sushi. But I don’t think that’s often available at a pub. But since we’re just imagining, roll me something in seaweed and serve me saki and a smile. 🙂
nice…i am all about the sushi….
What a lovely vid, Claudia. It illustrates what you mean so well. Enjoyed the Goethe, also–very much in the Halloween spirit.
Not sure what if anything my brain will come up with, but I’m off to try.
can you imagine that we had to learn the erlking in school when we were in 4th grade (i still can recite it by heart..) ..and i loved it…not seeing the metaphor of course – just loved the creepy story..
I can imagine it scared the pants off you in fourth grade. We had to learn dumb kiddie poetry back then about toy dogs–would have loved that one.
yes it did…haha..still loved it…see the germans think goethe is just right for 4th graders..what a country…smiles
I love when this happens … when the poem I just finished naturally fits the mold you are pouring me into. It’s like I’m poetically psychic. 🙂
grasshopper smile your way shawna…enjoyed your piece
I just did a bit of revising if you’d like to give it a second look later. 🙂
Is a poem ever really finished?
some seem never finished..smiles
brian miller said:
grasshoppers are cool….except that one in bugs life…he was just mean…
Beth Winter said:
He was mean!
Mean grasshoppers have hearts of mush. That is why they are so hard on the outside.
Man! You folks are fast! Okay, I’ve anted up.
P.S. love that piece….”Lily Was Here.”
i have it on my iPhone…best heard with eyes closed…
If you have eyelids. 🙂
Laurie Kolp said:
Thanks, Claudia. I wrote this while my son was doing his book report… after your prompt.
and just before he was galloping into the world..right..? smiles..enjoyed it much laurie
brian miller said:
those are some really cool bookz…
Hi Claudia–it’s a wonderful prompt. I’ve been having a conversation with my computer (mainly curses) because the poem was hard in terms of spacing and the computer/Wordpress was impossible in terms of maintaining spacing! Ha! (Maybe the computer/Wordpress were trying to tell me something.)
Anyway, I am excited to read the others.
The music was terrific–like a real (very high-class) pub.
if computers could talk…wonder what they would have to tell…smiles…nice piece you wrote up for us..”heart-breaking” pic as well..
Sometimes it words and no conversation. Good prompt.
Very nice set up,Claudia. I’ve heard that song before but didn’t know the back ground, many thanks. Shall have to ponder this one a bit.
actually “Lily Was Here” is a song from the soundtrack of the Dutch movie De Kassière…looking forward to what you’re coming up with angie
Well, I used an older poem of mine from earlier this year, as my brain was not coming up with anything. Apologies to those who’ve read it before.
i’ve read it before but was thrilled to read again..
leah J. Lynn said:
I just wanted to stop in and say hello, as of yet I don’t have a post for this. But, am enjoying reading others.
good to see you leah..
now see my bed is calling…and i respond…smiles – see you tomorrow..
Gay Reiser Cannon said:
Hi Claudia – Great article, really enjoyed the video of Lily Was Here..completely oblivious to Candy. She’s GREAT! Don’t know if I’m going to be able to play today. I’ll see if I get a minute later to try to come up with something, but I seem to have less time everyday as things are progressing. We’ll see. I’ll be checking back in the pub in a while, though, to see everyone and how things are going! (blowing kisses to everyone at the bar)..and waving goodbye.
hi gay!!!! hope you catch that minute but if not we will catch you soon…smiles.
Suzy Q said:
I really enjoyed this prompt Claudia! Reading everyone’s poems is so inspiring.
I’m going to work on doing some more conversational poems.
Uneven Stephen said:
Wow, that is an awesome song. Cool prompt. Thanks, Claudia!
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I thought my poem “At the Divorce Lawyer” would work for this. Most of the folks on dverse have not read this yet. 🙂
it is perfect…
ok mine’s a bit weird but fun in a spooky way ( well it’s halloween ) thanks for hosting Claudia x
happy halloween kez..
Thanks for a great prompt Claudia.
I happened to have one in draft. 🙂 I love reading such type of poems mostly.
yes me too..
Nick Rolynd said:
Wrote a good one for your guys today. Hope you enjoy! Can’t wait to get a look at all the others! =)
Gay Reiser Cannon said:
Found a few minutes. This is what came. Not what even I expected. Happy Halloween!
Pat Hatt said:
The cat just had to have his say, along with ten others or so my way..haha
just trying to get my broomstick to fly…smiles
C.L. Sostarich said:
Thanks for the great prompt! Having fun reading all of the entries.
so nice to meet you…an excellent piece you brought with you to the pub..enjoyed it much
Hope I have done justice to your prompt, Claudia.
oh you have.. yours was wonderful mohana
Thanks so much!!
Very cool video clip. Fantastico kiddo!
John (@bookdreamer) said:
Lovely prompt! This weeks poem ‘inspired’ by having to endure a 2 hour non stop over heard conversation as I had left my iPod at home 😦
Just a light post from me… thanks for hosting Claudia ~
Happy sunday ~
good afternoon….just getting back in and have a little reading to do…happy sunday everyone!
Happy Sunday Brian! I have just returned from spending the day with four years olds and birthday balloons, in need of conversation not centered on Optimus Prime & Bumble Bee…no one wrote of transformer conversations did they?
ha….i hear you…been through a few of those…more than meets the eye eh? smiles.
John Richter said:
Really enjoyed their dance in that song, Claudia, I got the complete feel of back and forth that y9ou described……. too busy to write a poem this week though……… Great song, great topic……….
Joanne Sprott (@muselady11) said:
A bit late on the uptake, but I couldn’t resist, since my hubby, Matt, and I love this call and response game. Will go look at you all’s submissions. I know it will be fun!
grand prompt. it gave me lots to work with. Thanks, Claudia.