Write a Poem with me? Write descriptive imagery using Synesthesia to blend senses.

 

 

Autumn

 

A russet hum

of leaves in gold hued gasp,

un-link their chain-link grasp, fall

to moss green burr and sod.

 

Above the sky, Elk grey

and still as if

in exile from a great herd.

A strum of geese beneath a chord of cloud,

clattering wings pulled bow taut

and arrow sharp.

 

A fretwork of grass slung drunk swaying.

Brittle notes scatter a litany of leaves.

A metallic chime of un-tuned strings,

disperse like seed.

 

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I composed this poem at my writing club this week. We were looking at the phenomena of Synesthesia, the blending of senses.  Synesthetes may feel the shape of a taste: for example sweetness as something round. Or they may see sounds tangibly. For example, the famous composer Alexander Scriabin could see the colour of musical notes.

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We began by looking at some examples of Synethesia in literature. My favourite example was Green Froth by Alexandra Rallo:

The Creek is sluicing over

tiny pebbles, pulling at their dirty undersides,

licking them, rolling them together.

In my fingers, the wet soil squirms and

loosens: the leaves press

their chlorophyll on my skin.

The taste is herbal, soothing and warm –

it unlaces into chamomile tea.

The smell of woodland wetness. Hickory balm.

I am living in my nostalgia, furling slowly,

slowly into my hermit house of memories.

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To construct my own poems. I made a list of tastes, colours, sounds and textures and experimented combining them.

Here are some of my favourite examples in those categories:

Colours:

  • Elk grey
  • sea breeze blue
  • ink blue
  • parchment brown
  • charcoal
  • teal
  • olive
  • moss green
  • russet
  • ochre

Tastes:

  • Tangy
  • milky
  • metalic
  • juicy
  • salty
  • caramel

Sounds:

  • Strum
  • clink
  • hum
  • trill
  • burr
  • chime
  • gasp
  • shuffle

Texture:

  • Gritty
  • Icy
  • jagged
  • gauzy
  • gossamer
  • ruffled

I then randomly put some of these combinations together into sentences and began to build some poems:

Salty sky crests

over a chime of tides

My thoughts stewed sweet with the hum of bees

A sea breeze of conversation, your smile, a windfall

Laden, surrendered.

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15 thoughts on “Write a Poem with me? Write descriptive imagery using Synesthesia to blend senses.

  1. I enjoyed reading your explanation but most of all I loved the sounds in the lines:
    ‘A russet hum
    of leaves in gold hued gasp’
    and
    ‘A strum of geese beneath a chord of cloud,
    clattering wings pulled bow taut
    and arrow sharp’.

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  2. I love writing in synesthesia and am fascinated with those who can see the colors of musical notes, and all the other ways of this amazing “syndrome.” You wrote a beautiful poem that merged the senses in so many ways.

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  3. I enjoyed both your poem and your explanation. I’ve written a poem, “Sensing the Sea,” in which I tried to experience a walk on the beach through all five senses, but this goes beyond that. Thank you for making me think. 🙂

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