A poem for you inspired by my last visit to Maui:
listening to the crash of the waves and the crackle of the wind in the palms
i feel an
overwhelming sense of gratitude and wonder
so many cares lost in the rhythm of life
the waves break again and again and wash the past from the present
the young woman looks to the sea impressed by the force of nature
the mature woman finds peace in the continuity
one can not only see eternal motion
one can feel it
the water advances then repeats
an ever-changing whole of blue possibility
Where do find your inner poet?
Get to work before it’s too late!
before it slips away
An idea is a very cagey thing.
First you’ve got it
then you’ve lost it.
Where did it go?
Is it with someone else?
Is that the idea?
Does it wish to be caught
It zips around alighting here and there until someone sees how splendid it is
how witty and wise
She catches it and puts it on paper or canvas or a blog.
Grab hold of it.
Reach out to it
Where does it carry you
Do you fly or swim or float or glide or skip?
Ideas are very cagey things.
I attended a half day writer’s workshop yesterday…you know the routine. After the facilitator reads inspiring works of literature, you are given a writing prompt and 30 minutes to record your thoughts. Usually, I’m not fond of the prompts, but I liked this one, so I thought I’d pass it along to you.
At the bottom of your heart…
At the bottom of my heart, there’s a mess
A beautiful mess
There are stacks and piles, bits and fragments,
Bright colors and blurred lines
All collected over more than half a century
It is a painful and joyous mix
It is particular and general
Fanciful and serious
It is, I imagine, not so different from what is at the bottom of every one else’s heart
And, yet it is uniquely mine.
There is the face of my very elegant third grade teacher who seemed to approve of me in the way I wished my mother had and often simply wrote “tres bien” at the top of my papers.
There is the memory of the summer day when I drove my shiny new olive-green 1967 Mustang down the street and the handsome guy stopped in the car next to me at the red light shouted out his approval.
There is a small herb garden just outside the kitchen door at my Nonnie’s house. I’m picking and she’s cooking just inside.
There is the note I’ve left on the counter for my grandmother 35 years ago stating that “Tom has picked me up for dinner and will return me at around 8 or 9 …. Or “maybe never” scrawled in his horrible writing below mine.
There is a smile that stands out from the rest. It’s the smile of a darling boy who grows into a very handsome young man but never has the chance to grow old.
There is an angel, Mary. Once a week for that horrible year, I came to her and spilled out my life. She helped me find my strength.
There is the Mexican family who served us dinner for years in their tiny restaurant, and also opened their hearts to me and my family.
There are the faces of neighbors and friends who have come and gone but will always remain.
There is the doctor with the heavy German accent, the stylish blonde hair and the sensible brogues worn with fashionably simple black under her white coat. I trusted her with my daughter.
And my daughter, so difficult in birth, yet so easy in life. My joy.
There is a push and a pull at work in this very messy heart. It can be difficult to leave the door open. It is not without pain or risk or effort. But it is not yet full.
I’d love to know what’s at the bottom of your heart, dear reader!
“Never let the mud puddle get lost in the poetry
because, in many ways, the mud puddle is the poetry.”
My girl, circa 2002, waiting for the rain in her favorite boots! She’s now a college student and I ask permission before I post her pic.
“Sunday is a likely day to write a poem. Because poetry is a piece of language flying around: you’ll find notebooks, something on your phone. It’s about finding them and getting them off that crumpled piece of paper and onto my computer.”
I found a scrap of paper! You must have some, too!
for my daughter
my prayer is that you know
know that you are loved
and carry that love with you
wherever you go
reach for it when you are glad
call upon it when you are sad
and, in return, that love will
strengthen you when you feel weak
warm you when you feel lonely
celebrate with you when you succeed
and envelop you all your days