Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Zoetrope.

Hi everyone, it's Thursday. Wikems time.

Wikipedia poems - wikems. 

Here's the idea:
  • Each Thursday I post a link to a Wikipedia article, a quote from it and my wikem inspired by that quote.
  • I invite you to check out the article, searching for a quote that clicks with you.  (You are free to use the quote I provide if it happens to be the one.)  
  • Once you've found your quote, use it as an epigraph, write your wikem, and post a link to it in the comments below.  (You are welcome to post your wikem directly in the comments if you prefer.)

 Let's begin:

I've come across several articles lately describing poetry workshops for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's.  I admire people like Molly Meyer.  See what she does:
As I was reading about dementia, I caught myself thinking about a device called "zoetrope" - in a way it helped me understand the "mechanism" of dementia a little better.  Zoetrope.  I love the word.  So, here's your article for today:

Here's my wikem:

"The name zoetrope was composed from the Greek root words ζωή zoe, life and τρόπος tropos, turning."

Head spinning,
she peers into her mind
through the slits
of carefully spaced
moments of delusion.

A memory
rushes before her eyes,
jerky bits
arranged to produce
an illusion of motion.

Her life turns
over and over again
till she’s pulled
back into the conscious
from her one reality.


Thank you for reading my wikem.
I look forward to reading yours.

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (a.k.a. "Happy")


  1. wow! you capture this word(a new one for me) vividly! (sometimes I feel like that first stanza:-(!) ...and what a powerful last verse. I've known too many people like this.

    I'm excited to try it.See you later!

    1. Thank you, Janet.
      I've only recently learned the word, too. It's a good one.
      See you :-)

  2. I need to get used to my son needing the computer at night. this week their second semester begins and in it, a lot more homework for him...

    here is this week's wikem. It touched me because my friend's father-in-law constantly calls for Betty(she is beside him) but when he turns to talk to her its like he's forgotten what he was going to say.. He has just been admitted into a long-term care facility to live out his remaining days.

    1. Perhaps, you'll be getting a bit more sleep? But will you be able to sleep knowing that your son's still up studying?.. Good luck sorting this out :-)

      Off to read your wikem now. Such a sad story..

    2. the response of a mother;).
      More sleep is s good thing but when you wake up at two in the morning on the couch 'cause you were gonna write a wikem when son is done on the computer...ugh!

    3. I really like them:) I hope in time it will catch on. I suppose we tend to be creatures of habit to the prompts we respond to...

    4. I'm so glad, Janet, thank you.
      I started wikems for a selfish reason - I felt that I lacked commitment to write regularly. Now that I have this responsibility I must post every Thursday rain or shine :-)
      It will be fun though if wikems catch on.

    5. :) I like it because sometimes I feel like there is a stump in my head in when I'm looking for something to write about...
      so, thank-you again.

  3. Sasha,
    An everyday perspective sometimes.

    I had to post on 'B' well you'll 'see'.

    I think though I'll try to post at both places when I can.
    Thanks again for a great prompt.

    1. You are very welcome, Jules. So nice to see you here.
      Will read your poem shortly.

  4. The golden roses on granite stems ...refers partly to the painting or advertising done in the granite tunnels of the subway - the support beams though metal are sometimes covered too being the stems holding the rounded concrete walls up and the golden roses being the artwork of the ad.