Sacred Symphony - Poem & Poetry Reading

in poetry •  9 months ago

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This poem was inspired by a trip to a local wildlife spot called Hilbre Island which you can read more about here. This amazing place is somewhere you can get really close to nature with wading birds feeding at low tide and seals loitering in the water around the island. This poem was written after sitting quietly listening to the sounds of the tidal waters settling and the distant seals wailing on the breeze. I hope you enjoy.

Sacred Symphony

Drying seaweed rustles,
the siren song of seals drifts,
like pearls riding the breeze.

As water settles.
Susurrus in vessels,
blood a mineral stream.
Birthed in presence
alive in tidal dreams.

Rock pools reflect sky,
grey eyes winking
from pock-marked faces.

Jellyfish wallow in salient
hollows, withering in the sun.

The hum of life strums
strings in morning.
I sit on seaweed cushion,
still in sacred symphony.

© Rowan Joyce

The music used in this poetry reading is called "The Nymphaeum part III" Exzel Music Publishing freemusicpublicdomain.com Licensed under Creative Commons

All pictures/video used in this post are my own property. If you have enjoyed this poem & poetry reading, please check out my other work on my homepage @raj808. Thank you.

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Lovely post and poem. Do you write Haiku? You should look up 'The Herons Nest' if you haven't already. All the best!

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Thanks @wildcosmos. I do write Haiku along with some other form poetry but I'm mainly freeverse. I looked up that journal you mentioned but they want first publishing rights. I may have to start saving some of my poetry for submitting outside steemit. Thanks for your comment :-)

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Ah! I'm surprised if their 'first pub rights' extends to 'social media platforms' (which Steemit largely is). Say someone posted haiku to their 'friends' on FB - it would be odd for Herons Nest to consider that a first publication of the haiku IMHO.

I would consider any work posted here to be part of the 'creation process'. Where you can gain feedback on the work, and also raise an interested following. Use Steemit as a testbed for fleshing out your work for first publication elsewhere. :)

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The Heron's Nest requires first publication rights, including first electronic rights, for work accepted.

Poems that have been previously published in print or on the Internet, including publication on personal web sites or blogs, public video and/or photo sites, and public forums, are not eligible for submission to our journal.

This is from www.theheronsnest.com and I'm afraid that most literary journals have the same type of legal disclaimer. The key terminology to look at is 'blog'. Steemit is most definetly a blogging platform and beyond that, one where you can make money (financial reward). As far as indemnifying themselves, regardless of the fact that the rewards here are based on shared stake/investment, they won't accept works as they don't seem to understand that there is no centralized entity which may try to take legal action against them over those first publishing rights.

It is important to undestand that you are giving up first pub rights on here, unless say you have a novel (or collection) accepted by a large publishing house who can afford to take the time to properly investigate the legalities of these things. Journals/magazines etc will not spend the money to get specific advice around the legalities of cryptocurrency. As far as their concerned it's a blogging platform where you gain some type of remuneration for your writing and if they are stating in their legal disclaimer no previously published work including first electronic rights, then you will not even be considered when there team do their internet checks for reposting. This has been my experience anyway.

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Thank you for positing this. Been a long time since I checked out Herons Nest. I'm surprised they're imposing such limits. The key word is 'publish'. To define a creative work that you've posted on social media as being truly Published, when the creative process can involve pre-publication stages like online workshopping and raising fan awareness by showing early forms of work ...

And who is to say what is a 'rough working draft' for the purposes of peer review, and what is a final published work? Surely the author?

Anyway cheers again.

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Honestly, I think it might be ok if you take a poem or short story that you've published on steemit and re-worked it or edited to a point where it constitutes a markedly different version or even a whole new story/narrative. But if you take something that is posted here, unchanged or with only small changes, then it's just going to be thrown away at the checking stage. I'm speaking from experience as I queried two separate sources for mainstream publication over submissions of material put on steemit. Both said it wasn't suitable due to first publishing rights.

Thanks for your comments @wildcosmos and the interesting conversation :-)

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Thanks, yes I don't doubt what you say. It does slightly depress me whenever I hear of these kinds of concerns being imposed on the artist's creative process. Reminds me why I drifted away from traditional publishing over time in search of something more ... open. Why I've been moving towards blockchain publishing @wildcosmos in the hope that we can all create a fresh new publishing space where open sharing and creative solutions are more the norm. Cheers!

Hilbre Island must be a wonderful place to have inspired something like this! Lovely! Thanks for sharing with #steemitbloggers 😊

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Glad you enjoyed the poem @thekittygirl :-)

I do like a good poem

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Glad you enjoyed the poem @wales :-)

what a quite and peaceful picture you painted. nature's symphony is indeed all around us. that is if it's not drowned out by city noises...

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It is indeed a wonderful and peaceful place :-)

I always get strong inspiration when I get myself out of the city noise so I can hear the symphony of natures song. Thanks for your comment @abmakko

Beauty of nature, delicious mood of peace in nature's birthing ground. Beautiful accompaniment of the symphony.

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Hi @wandrnrose7 I'm so glad you enjoyed the vibes of this one. When I came across that music and then tested it out against the poetry reading in the video editing software it just seemed to marry up together really well. It was a lovely coincidence :-)

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I love when that happens. <3

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Very much so. I love when the music works so well.

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Unique use of words!
Keep building those worlds!

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Thanks @spellmaker. I shall keep on keeping on :-)

For a moment, sitting at this office's desk, your poem brought me a gust of salty pungent wind and my feet felt wet pebbles creaking under them.

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I'm glad the poem could whisk you away, out of the window to beaches, wet pebbles and the crackle of seaweed underfoot :-) Thanks for the fantastic feedback @bananafish

I love it! The beautiful symphony of nature. I've often said my favorite sound is just the breeze blowing through the pine trees. So simple yet wonderfully amazing.

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For sure that is a wonderful sound. Just your description has taken me back to when I was young and my friend lived in the countryside in a house next to a wood. The sound of wind through the trees on an autumn night used to always make me feel sleepy and cozy :-) Thanks for the awesome feedback @derekrichardson