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.”
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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