Pic and a Word Challenge #184 & Day 28: Meta dis connect

A whole lot of flowers again and a meta poem spurred by the prompt video in which some people were discussing poetry.

I felt a dis-connect, so this post is also for Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge on just this subject. Rather fortunate, hm?

Challenge 28: “Today I’d like to challenge you to try your hand at a meta-poem (poem about poetry) of your own.”

Dis connect

 I was supposed to watch 18 minutes
 of four poets  
 talking Emily
and then write my own
 meta poem.  
 A poem on a poem.

 Meta is my mother’s name.
 I learned Meta  
 at the source.

 For me reading poetry is intimate.
 A recognition of another’s truth
 that binds.  

 I am on my laptop as it is,
 and he is on his.
 His father is watching TV and cooking.

 My earplugs are killing  
 the last thread of connection
 that remains.

 It is like at home now
 that he bought  
 the headset for his game.  

 To connect with poems and poets
 is to disconnect with everything  
 and everybody else.  

 I lasted till minute 9.

 Was this a test? 

To complete my three-day blossom festival in photos, here is the Roman garden of the man who must be connecting with something to have such pretty blooms – even though some of it is climate’s doing as well, I’m sure.

The first part of the gallery is from a month ago, the next four photos are from last weekend and the last six from this weekend.

And in some two weeks we are off to Slovenia to experience spring – and my birthday – there for the first time in the six years since I’m here.

I know the orange one is Clivia, for the rest – be my guest.

In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #184: Dis connect

and for Day 28 of NaPoWriMo



  1. I’m with you. I can only take a few minutes of people talking about poetry unless they are extremely interesting. Your poem is perfect and you know I love garden pics. The pink and yellow daisy-like flowers are so exciting! Maybe the talking poets should get some, lol. Have a great day, Manja! xo

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte. Well, that video had effect, just not how it was intended. 🙂 I found it easier to write my poem after that. Which was the intention, I’m sure, so all good. But yes, everybody should have some flowers, Rome and Italy this time of year!


  2. Haha!! Yes, we had the same reaction. I read the Emily’s poem through and summed it up to my satisfaction in about 45 seconds.Guess that wouldn’t make for much of a video. Ah, well, left me more time to write my own poem. 😀

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    1. Ohh, Lexi, this sounds so lovely, that you call him your friend. ❤ Here just for you, three posts from this month with many photos of him. First it was his birthday:

      Then he wrote a poem:

      And then I wrote one about him:

      We both salute you and hope we meet one day.

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      1. All so sweet! I wondered how I’d missed the big one about his birthday, but I see it was when I was in Bhutan (as was the first poem) … I tend to shut off my online life when my real one is more captivating than usual. Thanks for showing me what I missed!

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  3. “Discussing what the poet meant is licking pie through the glass. ” Loved this comment you made on my blog. You should put it above after your poem. IN BIG LETTERS so all can see it. I didn’t even last a minute with the video. Like-minded.

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