When was the last time you crossed a border?
Did you like what you found on the other side?
Was it adventurous, exciting, strange or even frightening?
I live close to the borders of both France and Switzerland, so for me, crossing borders has become daily routine. I cross them without even thinking about it – and on the other side, there is another culture to discover, sometimes another language, sometimes a whole new world and I need open eyes to see the beauty.
The most difficult border I’ve ever crossed was in Berlin, from West to East Germany – same nation, same language but a whole world separated us.
Then of course there are those borders, more or less invisible, borders between peoplewho think in a different way than we do, who live their life in ways we can or want not understand and we may find it difficult to connect to them or even accept them.
Or borders built like walls around ourselves because someone has hurt or disappointed us.
For most of us, crossing borders is not easy, it needs bravery to set our feet into a land, unknown, to relate to people who don’t speak our language and behave in ways we may find strange.
For this week’s Poetics, let’s cross some borders with our pens..
Write a poem about real or imagined borders, borders between countries or relationships, borders you would love to cross some day, or borders you have crossed and should’ve never, borders in every way you can think of…
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, crossing borders
seriously…2 minutes and i am 4th…how this happens i dunno…smiles….happy saturday everyone…fun prompt claudia…looking forward to everyones spin…see you on the trail….
hihi…you’re 5th…just saying..smiles
This is me hitting dVerse for the third time this week! Can I get a hell ya! Claudia, love this as prompt, and if yours is any hint of what’s to come, I dare say we’re in for some fantastic poetry!
yey!! you’re on a roll tash…and great piece you’ve written up..can’t wait to see what the others are bringing to the poetic pub tables..
woot…loving seeing me more tash around this joint…
Hell yeah. 🙂
happy saturday everyone…hope you’re having fun, crossing borders with us
Laurie Kolp said:
Great prompt, Claudia! I’m familiar with all those borders. Which one will I cross today? I’ll have to think about it while I’m watching my boys play basketball… will be back later.
ha..have fun watching basketball…i think i’ve seen muses on basketball fields sometimes…smiles
Laurie Kolp said:
I got a lot of great ideas but they bounced all over the place and flitted by as fast as the game… but I did write a poem afterwards.
Steve Bertrand said:
I like this prompt. So many opportunities for imagination to run wild. Reading people’s interpretation of what ‘borders’ means to them will be deeply interesting.
imagination running wild sounds great to me.. have fun writing steve
Great open-ended prompt, Claudia, and I hope I ended up on one side or the other of its borders with mine, though mine aren’t exactly on Google Earth.. ;_) Thanks for hosting, and for giving us the benefit of your fertile and creative imagination.
haha…i think less than 10% of the borders in this world can be found on google earth…
Anna Montgomery said:
Oh Claudia, I am so happy for the metaphoric interpretation allowance as I just finished this poem this morning and was honestly not wanting to wait to share it until OLN. I love the prompt and am excited to spend some quality time reading incredible poetry today. Thank you!
great to see you in the pub anna…hope you’re still having a great time travelling
it is great to see anna in the pub
Thanks for the great topic, Claudia. “Borders” can definitely go in so many different directions. You guys make Saturday afternoons (here) fun!
ha yes…and sometimes it’s good when the phone rings to remind us not to cross some borders… enjoyed your poem mary
Great prompt to get my teeth into. Ideas are buzzing, including a night train from Paris to Berlin; but I need time to think a bit more about this. There’s no rush. is there?
oh wow…night train from paris to berlin sounds great… can’t wait…
no rush at all…it is open until midnite sunday…so take your time…still 31 hours and 45 minutes to go…ha….
Nice prompt all 🙂
and i just loved your response…i was in brighton in november, walking the sea promenade between brighton and hove and had a great time…so was enthusiastic when i saw the pics…and could hear the ocean roar…smiles
Linda Kruschke said:
Claudia, Awesome prompt! I really like your article and your take on the various borders in our lives. Not all of them are physical, though the intangible borders can sometimes be more impassible than the physical ones. Peace, Linda
i agree…. i have some borders in my life where the berlin wall with its spring guns, mines and barb wire fences would’ve looked pale against…
Duane Flounder said:
Great propmt Claudia, I have never been out of the United States, so I had to think on this one.
…and you went for the unseen borders…food for thoughts in your poem duane..
Elyas Mulu Kiros said:
Nice, topic Claudia! 🙂
I have shared mine!
nice one…chocolate fudge..hmmmm
Here are a few excerpts about a dangerous border between two properties that could be a metaphor for dangerous borders between cultures.
I haven’t posted poetry in a while. I have been working on a novel since Christmas. I am up to 93 pages. The first 50 were easy. I get up every morning at 3AM, write for two hours before getting ready for work.
enjoyed your ted, great story telling…
so you get up at 3 every morning to write…whew that’s tough.. all the best for the novel ted..
Great prompt and article, Claudia…
loved your borderless nature painting ruth…
ok poets…the clock struck midnite already over here…this means bed time for me.. see you tomorrow..
I really like the versatility of this challenge. I’m game!
yay…great to see you polly…big smiles.
Cressida de Nova said:
This is a very interesting prompt and of particular significance to me. It is a poem that i will devote a lot of attention to in the future but for the moment will just jot down a few thoughts. Thanks Claudia!
nice…on my way over…
Hi Claudia–not a good day to finish a poem, so used something older, but love the prompt. I went to East Berlin in 1965. (As a visitor/tourist.) I found it quite shocking. I was pretty young, but the contrast between West and East was quite stark even back then, and the Wall, of course, was a huge deal.
it is funny that there is a chunk of the Wall next to my building in my Manhattan right now. Isn’t that strange–here downtown.
This chunk is brightly painted–obviously it was not back in 1965. It is one of my most intense memories from that time.
Something to write about perhaps, when I get the time. K.
i like the idea that chunks of the berlin wall are scattered around the world now, reminding us no to build walls between cultures and people..
alright poets, off to bed for me…be back early to see what you got…
Amy Jo Sprague said:
Alright I’m so excited to FINALLY be here (well to come back–I was here briefly in the beginning) but I want in! I want in! It’s so good to see so many excellent writers here that I know from the web. Can’t wait to read what you guys and gals have been up to and what you came up with for Claudia’s awesome inspiration. I really like how open but focused this topic is–well done Claudia!
great to see you in the pub amy… was deeply moved by your piece…
Always grateful for the opportunity to share on dVerse.
always great to see you in the pub kerry..
i didn’t think i’d make it into this one, but i remembered this “very” older poem of mine, from ’81, one of my fav’s from the past 😉
very much about the various borders claudia mentions in her prompt-writeup
as she says, there’s all kinds of borders!
thanks so much 😉
loved the road trip you took us on felipe..
I’m fascinated by borders. The human nonsense that symbolic lines are important. My husband tells me that Voltaire, in his later days, left France and settled in Switzerland, barely across the border. There, the French authorities he’d gotten tired of running from, couldn’t reach him; and if the Swiss became troublesome– there was France.
haha…that’s smart… smiles
Mary Mansfield said:
Nice to sit at a table here in the pub! Quite a crowded place, good things there’s enough room for all 🙂
Very interesting prompt! My trip toward the border ended up in the dark just a bit, not a terribly big surprise to me anymore.
been in DC all day at SpyFest so I have some catching up to do…hope all are well and be on the trail again here in a bit…
Missed the cutoff again – how do all you lovely people develop your response poems so quickly? I’ve been pondering mine, and now it’s too late! http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/the-boundary/
Missed the cut again!!
Better late than never?
Donald Harbour said:
Sorry, but I missed posting before the closing of Mr. Linky.
Bounded by boarders
Not sure how the Linky works, since I’m new (found you through Margo Roby, and thankful). Mine is here, if it’s not too late: http://whimsygizmo.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/battle-lines/