Beth Camp Historical Fiction

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Poet's Necessary

Necessary, a noun, meaning something indispensible. 

One pair of watchful eyes, trained to observe
One half sense of history
One half sense of nature
A love of words unmeasured
One full willingness to say what only the heart knows
Sprinkling of humor, especially at self
Dash of bitters and commitment

Mix all at odd moments.

Let rest.


Read aloud and revise again.

Tuck away in a journal or
serve with joy to all those who love poetry.
Repeat as you are moved to write.
Feeds a multitude.

River Ness near Inverness, Scotland (Camp 2009)
Morgan Dragonwillow's recent post, Recipe for a Poet, made me wonder what my own recipe would be. And what would your recipe include?


  1. Lovely recipe Beth, glad you were inspired! Thank you for the mention! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Anonymous6:17 AM

    I agree with Morgan, a lovely recipe it is! "Mix all at odd moments" is my favorite line, I think, but each time I re-read a new favorite shows itself. Thanks, Beth!