Poetry Friday: A LaMiPoFri* Golden Shovel

It’s been an interesting week and I don’t really have a good excuse not to have written a poem earlier. Still, here we are on Friday morning and I’m just pulling this together, so please be patient with my very drafty last minute Poetry Friday offering. I found the strike line for this Golden Shovel in The Birmingham Arts Journal, Vol. 17, Issue 2.

“Every one of us is an artist by default, reinventing the world each time we remember something.”

Ben Brantley

Each and every

day, I have at least one

thought that wants to become a poem. Of

course, only a small fraction of them actually make the journey from pen to page. Experts tell us

to write every day, that this is

 the only way to hone our craft, to become an


But I’m not sure. By

letting ideas simmer on a default

setting deep in my brain, ideas are morphing, reinventing

themselves into something new. When the 

time is right, they will alert me they’re ready to go out into the world.

I give each

possibility the time

it deserves. Some are compliant and yielding; others kick my butt. Yet we

always arrive at a solution that pleases us both. Whatever the outcome, I have to remember

this process always teaches me something.

Draft © Catherine Flynn, 2022

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16 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A LaMiPoFri* Golden Shovel

  1. I am amazed at how that striking line led you to say so much about the writing process. We must give ourselves grace in this business of writing. Being so close to our own thoughts is tough. I think this poem is a keeper.

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  2. it seems that you (your brain) waited for just that spark that gave you the poem. When I kind of know the subject, the point of what I want to write, I do other things, often mundane like dusting (it helps with the dusting! : ) I like that you explain your process with so many details.

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  3. This is wonderful. I so enjoy how this feels like a journal entry but is actually a whole poem. The process is so true to you and to many of us. Thank you for sharing this golden shovel. I love it!

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  4. I love the irony in this — a quickly composed LaMiPoFri about simmering your ideas. 🙂 Which leads me to believe you’ll be going back to revise this one over and over again!

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  5. Simmering, marinating, percolating–all the cookery terms for resting, letting something sit, until it’s ready to serve! This ling (too long for my screen), made me lol: “course, only a small fraction of them actually make the journey from pen to page. Experts tell us”! Captures the length and strenuousness of the journey!

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