Which came first? Chicken or Egg?
Morph means to change shape. So many things morph – the human form does so automatically, quite a few times during our lives! Some of us even choose to change our shape! Other creatures morph into totally different forms.
Plants morph, from seed to the final bloom or edible form.
Words change shape – they add a prefix, a suffix, an extra letter, and more. Thus, when we write we can choose how our words morph.
In 70s Britain, there was a children’s cartoon character called ‘Morph’, mischievous and funny. Created by Tony Hart, he was made of clay so could move and the stop-motion character was a great hit – I loved it, even though I was no longer a child!
Changing shape is mystical, shape-shifting like witches or magical animals. A sculptor changes shapes to suit his or her whim, to suit the muse, to suit the purpose. Our imagination can shape anything. As writers, we can conjure shapes in our readers’ minds.
Here’s a quirky poem about morphing:
So you can Morph!
So you can morph! What can you do?
Are you a caterpillar who
becomes a beautiful flutterby?
Or can you be a spirit ghost
who adopts the mortal host?
What becomes of the wretch within?
Or are you one of Rowling’s lot,
a Metamorphmagus who’s got
ability to be this or that?
Maybe, not quite so clever though,
Animagus, which creature’s show
will betray your inner traits?
Much worse, a Boggart you could be,
morphing to fear of snake or tree.
Can I survive your evil will?
For certain, my Patronus power,
when morphed within a forest bower,
becomes a bright, translucent Lion.
Two names can morph, like Bridgwater;
a bridge on water is what it oughta
be, but wait and see the truth.
This bloke called Walter had a brigge,
a quayside for those ships a-rig;
Walter’s Brigge became Bridgwater!
Whatever morphing can disguise,
change shape to then deceive our eyes,
to me it is a wondrous thing
like nature’s merging into Spring.
For more works by this author see Ann Carr on The Creative Exiles.
You can also read more works by Ann Carr on Hubpages.
- On the Edge: ‘Ukraine’: Poem, Meaning and the Fight - January 19, 2023
- Snowing up a Scene:Form, Impact and Wonder - January 18, 2023
- The Wind out of Your Sails - January 5, 2023