Genki


You’ll remember if you’ve met me. My eyes are big enough to swallow the world whole. It’ll take a lifetime to digest it all, but that doesn’t bother me. Going so slowly that a stranger can glimpse my face through a rainstorm does.

There is too much world
to walk through. Instead I dance.
I move fast only
to oppose gravity
'til I can face it my way.



Song Choice: Don't Rain On My Parade, Glee Version

This poem was created by a prompt given over at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Transformations. It is also linked to Poets United, Poetry Pantry 398. I was super intrigued by the idea behind it and toyed with a bunch of different directions to go, before I gave into my nerd side and played with a popular TV trope, the Genki Girl (follow the link for a good explanation). Although I really love the energy of my song choice (and the perfection of matching that particular performance to this piece) I feel like I need to give props to the Genki Girl I had in mind while writing this, Sailor Moon.

62 comments:

  1. The opening line is just so perfect. I really like the energy.

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    1. Genki girls are all about the energy

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  2. Thank you! I followed the links and was both educated and delighted. But I didn't even need that to love the poem and its happy impatience to get it ALL.

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    1. Woot! Always happy to share some of my geeky flavored fun.

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  3. This is a complete delight. Loved it.

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  4. omg I love every bit of this and the song choice is *perfect*!!!

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  5. Before i checked the links, I had a perfect image in mind of the genki girl from your description. What a wonderful way to embrace life with arms open.

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    1. I'm glad I got it across so well.

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  6. I love this... Eyes big enough to swallow the world is just perfect and gravity needs opposing.

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  7. This is delightful in every sense of the word, Rommy!💞

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  8. This really tastes of you in every word, Rommy--or how I think of you, perhaps--and I enjoyed meeting the Genki Girl--on paper, not so sure how I would handle her in RL. This has a lovely twist in the form that surprised me, too--where the speaker seems to go from description to experience to defiant self-affirmation, all in a blink--very adept and clean writing.

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    1. Yaaaaaaaaaaas...someone got the twist! *delighted squee, with an attempt to rope it in and be somewhat more dignified*

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  9. I really love the opening line - it's so gripping. And adamant. Self-assured. And then this all just goes on, and dances a bit, in a rain storm of itself - but, I hate to say this - the 3 line in the first paragraph is throwing me completely off. I *think* I know the suggestions, and I don't want it spelled out to me, but is it written as you intended? I've read this over and over, and even by the light of a new day, it still trips me up - badly. Maybe it's just my brain.

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    1. Yeah, that's what I intended. :D

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    2. thanks for clarifying, I now can say with surety then, that it makes even more sense to me - and I really love the piece .... it's an amazing dance!

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  10. This is how I feel when I know I have to get out, but I am afraid that I will have to engage with someone because I paused too long. Thank you for the solution! I shall dance faster leaving them to think they were touched by an errant breeze. I am so glad that you know this is real. Wonderful write!

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  11. I adore "Instead I dance." Best way to travel.

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  12. Ah, facing the world your way! I like the strength in this poem....the willingness to oppose gravity!

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  13. I like the idea of dancing through life to oppose gravity! Perfect!

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  14. I love the bouncy energy here :)

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    1. Had to stay true to the spirit of the Genki girl

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  15. Yes, yes. Let us defy gravity and dance!
    Loved reading this.

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  16. Dance...Ah yes. A delightful poem.

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  17. Visited the links - she's a gal of my own heart. (Sailor Moon)
    Of your words: they resonate. The world is too big for me and I swerve from encounters - that is, unless I want them.
    Anna :o]

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    1. Sometimes that swerve is just what we need

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  18. 元気 elementary! And awesome.

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  19. Reading this poem Rommy is like have a fabulous meal full of variety and flavors thinking I must come to this restaurant again. An utter delight.

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  20. Luv "eyes big enough to swallow the world"

    Enjoyed both the info and video

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard today

    Much🌼love

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    1. You you had a happy Sunday as well

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  21. Love it! The last line of the prose piece is gently (or perhaps, slowly) impactful and gave me pause. I love it when writing does that! And thanks for the intro to the Genki Girl trope.

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    1. As I intended it to be. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  22. “Instead I dance.” Yes, yes!

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  23. Splendid! I enjoy how you make the speed real, a very good choice. The song fits perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Susan! I was pretty happy when I thought of the perfect song to go along with it.

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  24. Yes, excellent read for me, thank you for sharing

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  25. I love defiant dancing, Rommy, and all the better if it opposes gravity! I love: 'It’ll take a lifetime to digest it all, but that doesn’t bother me. Going so slowly that a stranger can glimpse my face through a rainstorm does'.

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  26. I move fast only
    to oppose gravity
    'til I can face it my way.

    One need have to oppose outright initially but to tolerate and adjust - a good strategy!

    Hank

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  27. I love the mixture of defiance and bone-deep tenderness. The speaker is not looking for a fight, just a living that matters, moments full of meaning... But if a fight is offered, she'll tear the offender apart in order to do and get what she must and wants. It's perfect. From beginning to end.

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    1. Yes! Genki is all about the energy, but that isn't all there is to a genki girl.

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