Catch and Release

It is often in the early morning,
before dawn has begun to spread,
when I will chase the rare enigma
through the rustle of spacious
forest floors.

There seemed a purpose when
the quest began,
an insistent need to capture
an idea
while still pure and wild.

But what then…? Clench it close
enough to absorb the rapid
beat of my heart, filling it to the point
where it burst?

Or release it in a spasm of exclamation,
hurl it out to catch the wind
and ride where it will?

Held tight it loses potential, hidden
and harmless in my grasp.
Free there is the risk of havoc, retribution,
enlightenment and beauty.


For the Sunday Whirl Wordle


Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

6 responses to “Catch and Release

  1. I suppose any thought is pretty harmless and also in a way useless too unless we set it free to become useful. I say, let them free to fly ,, we never know where they will take us 🙂

  2. What an incredibly wonderful exploration of the process of creativity. I believe there is a Wild Child in each of us. Finding her, setting her free, and then learning to follow her each morning, allows her to express herself in whatever form she chooses. Thank you for helping me to remember. Hope your holiday is filled with warmth and early morning forays,


  3. This is wonderful wordling really. I love the third last stanza…..but really all of it resonates.

  4. So THAT’s how to write poetry! Bravo Mark

  5. If you love it, set it free! Great post!

  6. Clever construction with an awkward group of words.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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