Thursday, May 28, 2009

Poetics 1

I chose to write on “My Slippers,” because they bring me comfort and joy. It’s rare that something so simple can bring such pleasure, and at any time of the day or night. It seems with all the fancy trappings in this world, that a well-worn pair of slippers become their most comfortable just at the time they need to be discarded. They go with me into every corner of the house, but have also been known to venture down the stone driveway to retrieve, the mail or a wayward dog. Whoever invented the slipper, was a genius and a person who also enjoyed simple pleasures. I love my slippers and feel comfort when I put them on. Yes, in my own way, I feel like a queen. I feel pampered and loved and cared for by a thin soled pair of synthetic slip-ons. The poem reflects this. I felt the object poem was most difficult to write, because It was meant to focus on the “thing,” and not what feelings and emotions that thing evoked in me. The poem was intended to have me focus on the most minute details of the object and to describe them to the reader. It was difficult to try to focus on the characteristics of the slippers and still have it seem interesting. Writing an object poem vs. other kinds of poems, is challenging because one can interject more feeling and also the reactions and feelings of others. In writing this poem, I discovered how important simple pleasures are in life. I discovered that it’s important to treat yourself with loving care, and that it doesn’t take a lot of money or material things to enjoy life. What better relief is their than to slip into your comfortable slippers at the end of a long stressful day? It starts with the feet, but travels to the heart and mind. I discovered that my slippers bring me a close substitute to love, comfort, affection and companionship. Whenever I think about the way they make me feel, I am at ease and relaxed.

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