i write to know myself,
bare myself—myself, bare—
to scratch my existence,
my witness made manifest,
on the conflicting world’s wall,
jen was here—
that is all.
and maybe my scratch
offers a differing/similar
a thing or two?
time will tell.
© 2014 Jennifer Wagner
For dVerse—Meeting the Bar: Poetic Movements and Manifestos. Gay Reiser Cannon has us writing manifesto poems. Come take a look and join in!
To use a pharaphrase of a primitive greeting - I see you Jen - I see your writing on the wall.
And perhaps more than that - because sometimes an arrangement of words or notes touches a soul, changes a life, causes a turn in direction, stops one where one would not have otherwise, graces a moment, forgives a transgression, fills an emptiness. I believe you can and will do that!
my witness manifest...i like that...
and yes to scratch on the wall...like a graffiti artist leaving our mark
and you never know who will come along later and run a finger
along that mark...and take something with them as well..
I so identify with writing to know oneself!! I often find out what I think or what I feel when I write.
I can relate to the idea of writing to give meaning to the two dates that in the end will define us. A great poem!
Nurturing people change the world – with their love, and their actions and their words. And I suspect, Jennifer, you a Champion Nurturer . . . and a writer, to boot!
I can identify with knowing oneself in the writing journey ~ Enjoyed this one ~
Each of us a witness, making our scratches on the wall...simple, yet profound manifesto.
One writes to be seen. Hopefully the impact will come later. That is true Jennifer! Wonderful write!
Me too. Good write Jen.
ah - leaving our marks on the wall of life.... a good thing... and who knows who will read and how it make them re-think things... getting a different perspective - that's one of the beauties for me in reading others as well..
To leave that imprint on the wall... yes I like that.. so concise and concrete .. .I adore this sentiment.
Time will tell indeed. I hope the rest of your story becomes more beautiful and more happiness-filled by the day :)
It is done, once it is done. It's the scratches and the etches that make all the difference. You be around for some more while Jen. There are so many more walls that await good graffiti. :)
I see your scratches on the wall. Nicely done.
The poet as witness, yes indeed...and leaving your mark is such a strong and primal human desire.
I really liked this. It's wonderful that while we write for our own reasons, our stories and poetry can have an impact on others...more than we may ever know.
Lovely manifesto! :)
This was nice..a witness to your writing and to your own journey..
the opening echoes my own thoughts. keep scratching away!
Ah yes, we can write on - and on, and yet there will be more to know, more to learn. A cool write Jennifer.
I hear myself in your words, the journey of writing has taken me places I never realized had such an impact on the person I became. Lovely work, Jennifer.
Thank you for telling me, in a poem, why I write!
Ditto what Beachanny said.
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