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10.27.16 Posted in today's words by

Nancy Scott McBride’s most recent poem to appear here was “Printmaking” (September 2016)

By Nancy Scott McBride

Some of my poems are inspired by
the remembered rhythms of
childhood verses and nursery rhymes,
of Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss.
Others come from a darker place and
speak of the stubbed toes, scraped knees
and torn hearts of growing up;
of Vietnam and atom bombs.
But the best ones seem
to visit me from beyond the earth
with all its sweetness and horror.
Like dreams or answered prayer
they wake me in the night and I must
rush to record their strange and striking
images before they evaporate.
At those times I am reminded of
the old Sufi poet who wrote:
“I am a hole in the flute that God plays.”

3 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. This resonates with me. I could say the same about my poem origins–but not as well said as this!

  2. I believe we all can say similar thoughts and I have seen your work many times and they inspire me. Also, I love that you shared, “I am a hole in the flute that God plays.”

  3. Bobbie Troy says:

    I agree. Love the last line.

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