I have been troubled all day for my lack of ability to write a poem in response to my own prompt. There is a part of me that wants to start early on my poem for tomorrow so I can just post it as soon as I wake up tomorrow morning and not walk around all day somewhat sleep-walkyish, condemning my recent frame of mind – not the best – and thinking one lemon juice flavored thought after another.
I firmly believe it is better to write badly than write nothing at all, so my notebook today is filled with such writing, as well as some tremendous writing by stupendous poets I found in a 2009 edition of Poetry Magazine.
If you have yet to find the prompt for today (or any of the mini challenge days so far) visit the link that is at the end of this poem.
If all else fails, hopefully the not-so-polished style of this poem will encourage you to write a poem, too.
“If I don’t get out of the car, am I staying the course?” she asked.
“If I pretend I never got the voice mail message, is that progress?” he asked.
No and no and no and no and
You, on your very own,
May choose what to do
“If I wake up, am I staying the course?” she asked.
“If I eat breakfast, am I staying the course?” he asked.
Yes and yes
You, on your own,
May choose what to do.
“If I paint with only blue, is that an example of staying the course?”
“What if I paint with two different hues and they get smudged and muddy, would you call that continuing well?”
Alas, once again it is you
On your own who may choose
Not only what to do
But how you label the what you do
“If I wind the old clock that never runs on time….”
“only because I like its tick?”
“If I wish on the first star I see?”
“If I stretch as high and as wide as I can?”
“If I bake a cake and it comes out all wrong?”
“If I sit and cry and pray and cry and whine and am grouchy?”
Have you heard?
It is you on your own who may choose
What and how to label what you do.
-- Julie Jordan Scott