#From the Professor’s Journal
by #Lynda McKinney Lambert
September 26, 2022
The Poem: Musings on “E”
Musings on “E”
By Lynda McKinney Lambert, 2016
A musical score that begins on the note of “E” is esoteric
Because this third note in C Major emits
Cryptic and enigmatic sounds
Don’t you see? I’d give everything to take the
Forego the electric currents of exuberant poetry –
Get down and dirty, Girls! Eliminate the end rhymes
Heave away the elegance of each syllable
I just want a poem that expels an egg or
Joins every elongated line with a loud
Klink or a curve for my envious eyes.
Link up the endangered nouns to a
Myriad of enlarged verbal sounds.
No more economics of musical composition-
Or exquisite conjunctions! My ears
Pause between the 18th and 19th-century of
Quarter note rests and evocative scales
Related to the Ancient Greek theory of music
Stir up the “E” sounds of the lyre and harp
Tug them taught like elastic bands
Until those elusive “E” notes
Venture beyond the elemental lexicon.
Walk towards East Street where letters “E” or
“X” are symbols that elucidate something evasive
Yank these empty letters from the English alphabet!
“Z”will represent every elemental consonant in the Garden of Eden.
©Lynda McKinney Lambert. 2016. All rights reserved.
Musings in “E” (Abecedarian poem, 2016)
_Indiana Voice Journal, May 4, 2016, Issue #22
_Magnets & Ladders, Spring/Summer 2016
_Lambert, Lynda McKinney. Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017
_Waling by Inner Vision Blog/Poem from the Professor’s Journal, Sept. 26, 2022.
I am doing two things in this poem.
First, this is an ABECEDARIAN POEM, which means that every line begins with a letter of the alphabet. Read the first word of every line, and you will see how it moves from A to Z.
Second, in addition to the Abecedarian FORM, I am playing with the letter “E” and words that begin with “E.” I begin with MUSIC as a theme in the poem. You can see this THEME from beginning to end when you do a careful read of the poem.
As you read the poem, you can see how this all works together. Form, Theme, and Imagination.
Just for FUN, I wanted to write about the letter “E” and this poem is where that thought took me. Experiment and have FUN with your writing!
It is as simple as that.
We can write about anything that comes across our mind. Everything in our world is poem-worthy.
There is beauty in everything. Ranier Maria Rilke
What do you think?
Would you like to try writing an ABECEDARIAN POEM?
I begin by making a vertical line down my page, starting with “A” and ending with “Z.”
Now, it is your turn. Give it a whirl.
©Lynda McKinney Lambert, 2022.
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