Edward Hopper, Hotel California, Rumi, The Eagles, The Guest House, This being human is..., Western Motel
Western Motel by Edward Hopper, 1957
Welcome to the dVerse Poets Pub for Tuesday Poetics. I’m Kim of Writing in North Norfolk and I’m your bartender for today. It has been a long time since I last hosted Poetics and I pondered long and hard about it. And then I came across this poem by Rumi:
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
The extended metaphor in Rumi’s poem got me thinking about the art of being human, how we differ from other creatures on this planet, and how our beliefs and opinions affect our ability to be human.
The challenge is to write a metaphor poem that starts with the words ‘This being human is…’ It does not have to be in the same format or style as Rumi’s, and you can compare being human to anything you want: a building or place, an object, something natural or something manufactured, a ritual or an everyday act. It is up to you to explore whatever it is in your poem.
If you are new to the Poets Pub, here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem in response to the challenge.
- Read and comment on other poets’ work – we all come here to have our poems read.
- Please link back to dVerse from your site/blog.
- Comment and participate in our discussion below, if you like. We are a friendly bunch of poets.
- Have fun.
Welcome dVerse Poets to the pub and Tuesday Poetics. Find a table or sit at the bar and drinks will be served. I’m looking forward to reading your poems on the art of being human.
Thznks for hosting Kim — and damn, I do love Hopper! Don’t know if rob or burnin’bob eill show up to participate — but one of us will! 🙂
BTW – the video does not play in the USA.
Great Rumi poem Kim! Very practical compared to his normal ecstatic mindset.
It was a great find!
Oh, that’s a shame! I wonder if Bjorn could do something about that.
Me too, Rob! I used to use his artwork in creative writing lessons at school, with students producing fantastic pieces of writing. They loved ‘Nighthawks’.
A classic. We all see ourselves at that late night counter…
I would love to visit it right now – with all of you!
I decided to create a list poem Kim, summing it up with a tune by Emmylou and Kris — something they might be listening to at the counter in Hopper’s “Nighthawks”…
I look forward to reading your list poem, Rob, and listening to Emmylou and Kris at the counter!
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Thank you for introducing me to the Rumi poem, Kim. It contains such great advice, particularly for dark days. I enjoyed this prompt. See you on the reading trail!
Thanks Ingrid. It was a brilliant find, just what I was looking for and it appeared out of the blue. See you later!
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Bjorn, sorry to bother you, but would you be able to sort out the problem with the video. Apparently it won’t play in the US. It works fine for me, but I’m in the UK. I have come across a similar problem a while ago when I tried to listen to a video someone else included in their post.
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Hello Kim and All. Wonderful Rumi poem; he’s one of my favorites for getting to the human-hearted in us. It’s danged cold out there today with a dusting of snow last night. A nice cup of hot peppermint tea sounds perfect.
I’m glad you like the Rumi poem, Lisa. I can’t believe you’ve had snow – although we did have hail stones last week. Would you like Pukka Three Mint Tea or Twinings Buttermint?
The Pukka Three Mint sounds tasty, please 🙂
Coming right up!
Thank you. :::sipping::: Yummy!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I liked this idea… and it brought me to the library rather than a guesthouse.
I had an idea it might!
Hi, Everyone! Thank you for hosting, Kim! I’m not sure if I’ll get to this prompt today. I like the poem and the Hopper.
Welcome Merril! I’m glad you like the poem and the Hopper. No hurry. The prompt will be up until Sunday and I’ll be looking in every day.
Loved the prompt, Kim! 😀 Hot chocolate for me please … the weather is beautiful here and I am quite enjoying everyone’s poems so far 💝💝
Hot chocolate coming up! is that with cream and chocolate sprinkles?
Oh! Yes please 😀 thank you 💝💝
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Laura Bloomsbury said:
You stretched me with this one Kim – but ultimately an enjoyable challenge. p.s. love the Eagles song!
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Laura, despite the stretch! I’m also glad you were able to play the Eagles video – apparently it can’t be played over the pond.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
I have my own copy
P.S. This earlier posting with the time change means I must go and eat – back tomorrow to read all the poems.
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It’s tiem for my tired eyes to get away from the screen for today. A wonderful collection of poems so far, and there’s the rest of the week for more. I will be back in the morning to read and comment. Good night!
great prompt Kim, leaves it wide open!
Thank you, Kate. I look forward to reading yours when I come back in the morning. I’m breaking away from the screen for today.
I’m a bit late to the pub….a glass of cold chardonnay would be nice.
I had fun with this prompt….thanks so much for hosting, Kim!
I’m delighted you enjoyed it, Lill! Cold chardonnay coming up!
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Tricia Sankey said:
Loved the Rumi poem!! I’ll take some chardonnay with Lilian 🍷 Need to get a little zen and think about this one. It’s a great prompt!! 💝
I’ll sprinkle a little zen in your chardonnay, Tricia!
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Ron Rowland said:
Excellent prompt Kim. While the Rumi poem was a great catalyst, viewing the various Edward Hopper paintings is where my inspiration got stoked. As such, I may have failed a little bit on the metaphor portion of the challenge, but I blame that on Hopper.
No problem, Ron. Your poem is wherever the use takes you.
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i must admit i found this prompt a challenge. i have not read Rumi (sorry). i am enjoying those i have read here so far a couple i will need to go back to. i am unsure if i succeded on the metphor portion. thanks guys
Thanks for joining us, Rog. I’ll be over shortly and look forward to reading your poem.
Hi Kim! thank you for hosting! I’ll play around with this, but there’s something about the way that phrase feels in the mouth that bothers me, to the extent that I don’t want to make it the lead into a poem. (I actually know the poem, and have literally never read it through because I hated the first line so much! So at least you got me to finally read it!) It makes me wonder what the phrase actually is in Persian.
I wonder if one could do a take on the prompt that is about what being human is, without literally using the phrase.
That’s interesting, Xan, and I’m glad you broached your concerns here. I don’t know what the other bartenders think but, as it is your poem, I think you could use part of the line as a title (Being or Human’, tweak the line a bit (Being human is… This being is..), or even make it a shovel poem, so that the words are not all together in a line.. You have plenty of time to play around with it. I look forward to seeing your poem, Xan.
Ok, that sparks some ideas!
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M Jay Dixit said:
Hello Kim, thanks for hosting! I’ve submitted my poem, lovely prompt.
It’s always lovely to greet you at the Poets Pub, Jay. I’ll be over soon to read and comment.
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Many thanks Kim, what a great line to use.
So glad you joined us, Paul. I’ll be over in a while to read and comment.
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Ren Powell said:
New here – looking to play a bit more with my writing practice. Create more raw material. More than likely a day behind – I am an early writer and living in Norway…What a fun prompt!
Greetings Ren and welcome to the Poets Pub! It’s always exciting to have a new writer from another part of the world. As you have probably seen, we are from all over, at different points of the writing path, and a very friendly community. I look forward to reading your poem.
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ben Alexander said:
This is quite the philosophical prompt, Kim!
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Thanks for hosting Kim. Enjoyed writing to this prompt. 🙂
Thank you for joining us! 😊
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Good evening Kim. Thanks for hosting and for the Rumi poem. I had a migraine yesterday and part of today, so I’m very late. And my poem is a rougher draft then usual. Hope you all enjoy it anyway!
It also got me thinking about one of my favorite poets. Karin Boye, and I had to translate and share on of her best known poems. 🙂
I’m so sorry to read about your migraine, Helene, you have my sympathy, I get them too. You’re not late at all, the prompt is open until Sunday and it takes ages to get through all the responses. I’ll be reading and commenting again in the morning and look forward to reading yours.😊
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Zelda Rene said:
Thank you for this super great prompt!! https://aonceandfuturerecluse.wordpress.com/2021/03/17/this-being-human-is/
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Beatriz F. said:
Hello, I’ve submitted a poem I just wrote–great prompt!
Hello Beatriz and welcome to the Poets Pub Poetics! Thank you for joining us. I’ll be over to read and comment soon.
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Hi Kim and other bartenders,
One of you liked a poem I wrote on my very occasionally read blog. That was nice. Through that act I was connected to d’verse. I have read 4 of these challenges to date, written to one (too late) and absorbed some of how things work. I think d’verse is a wonderful poetic forum. Congratulations and thank you. I have tried to establish a poetry community in my small rural town without much success. Instead, it has been here all along!
I read some responses, had a look at this is us, the rules and schedule. I might have missed it, but how long are the prompts open for responses to the various challenges?
This challenge could be full of weight or light as a feather. I love it.
I look forward to participating.
Welcome Sean! So pleased you have joined us for this week’s Poetics! The various prompts are open as follows:
Monday (Haibun, Quadrille and Prosery) close on the following Sunday morning (a week);
Tuesday Poetics is supposed to be open until Wednesday 3am, but I got it wrong and left mine open until Sunday morning!
Thursday’s Open Link Night and Meeting the Bar are open until Saturday afternoon.
I look forward to reading yours. 😉
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