I am learning to let go
I am learning to stay out
of those dumb
I am learning to stand up
Even though sometimes I
I’m surprised at my moxie
I wasn’t sure that I had it
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I am learning to let go
A mathematical wink
A prompt to say,
“Here’s what I did at 12:12 today”
Simple series of numbers
(Almost) universal joy
Is it the rarity?
Is it the symmetry?
Or is it simply…
We wisely love the little things?
But the maddening fact that plagues every writer
In this weakened state it’s not easy to muster
The energy to rouse and pin those thoughts down
So they’re fleeting, and “poof!” can never to be found
Oh the woe of losing those precious creations
It’s enough to drive one to procrastination
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It’s the rustle of the paper beneath my thumb.
The thwick of the end page at the end of my flip.
The crinkle of the protective plastic cover.
The scrape of the cardstock date card into its pocket.
It’s the smell of the paper: old, new, musty, glued.
The indentation of the date stamp.
The lure of something old telling me something new.
It’s why I go to the library.
On this last day of Poetry Month, here are 10 quotes about poetry to keep you going for the next 11 months.
“In the novel you get the journey. In a poem you get the arrival.” –May Sarton
“I could no more define poetry than a terrier can a rat, but I thought we both recognized the object by the symptoms which it provokes in us.” –A.E. Housman
“Of the many definitions of poetry, the simplest is still the best: ‘memorable speech.’” –W.H. Auden
“A poet is not something you become; a poet is something you are.” –Jack Prelutsky
“How to write a poem? Carve a rock you love down to its essence–but keep a weather eye out for crystals of surprise.” –Kay Kidde
“Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.” –Don Marquis
“A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.” –Jean Cocteau
“Poetry. I like to think of it as statements made on the way to the grave.” –Dylan Thomas
“Poetry today is easier to write but harder to remember.” -Stanley Kunitz
“Poet: Lofty synonym for ‘blockhead.’” –Gustave Flaubert