I’m a poet, did you know it?

Today one of my poems is published on Vox Poetica.

The Delicate Cycle

When I started this blog in February, I knew that most of my efforts would focus on blog entries, although I hoped that it would inspire me to write poetry again. No such luck at the moment. I will sheepishly admit, this poem was written several years ago while I was in college, but it has always been one of my favorites.

There are numerous moments in my life that I wish I had thought to write down, either as a journal entry or a poem. We think that things are so deeply embedded in our hearts and minds that we couldn’t possibly forget. Yet, in a breath they have escaped us unexpectedly. It’s not that I want some of those moments back – it’s just nice to remember that they existed.

I looked at the “tracking” calendar late last night. My heart sank realizing how many blank days appear to be displayed. Because really? You know as well as I do that they weren’t “blank”. They were filled to the brim, bubbling over with schedules and family needs, so that there wasn’t even a moment to sit down and write about them: laughter lost, arguments to analyze, hugs to hold on to and kisses to keep.

As a writer, how can we catch everything? We need to cast out our paper nets several times a day, hoping to sort through the mess and find treasures, throwing the rest back. At a writing workshop, I once heard that it was a good idea to keep 3 x 5 cards on you at all times. When something inspired you – an image, a song, a word, a look – you could write it down. Each idea or thought should have its own card. At the end of the day, you could put the cards in an index box and catalog them accordingly. This way, when you had time to write, you could go back to your box and find what inspired you again.

I think I will try this for the rest of the summer.

In the mean time – enjoy my poem today. Hopefully it will fill you with images of summer heat and first loves.

6 thoughts on “I’m a poet, did you know it?

  1. Love the imagery in your poem. I tried index cards once, but they either disappeared, or became ink/juice/lipstick stained by the end of the day (my purse is a jungle). However, I love my sturdy covered notebook! Best to you, and keep writing~

  2. Congrats! Lovely poem and great post. The index card idea is a great one (particularly when you have a wicked case of pregnancy brain and can’t remember what happened five minutes ago).

  3. Congratulations on being featured on “today’s words”! What a wonderful poem! I hope you are inspired to write more.

    Let us know how the 3 x 5 card thing works. I keep a small notebook in my purse for the same purpose, and sometimes I even remember to use it!

    Striking phrases and good ideas seem to come to me when I’m driving and when I’m in the shower; I get the notebook out in the car pretty regularly, but it’s not much use in the shower. I’m thinking of getting one of those wax pencils we used in high school science class to write on glass beakers…

  4. What a beautiful poem. I love how you take such a mundane and basic household chore and turn it into something beautiful.

    I so wish I could write poety again – it has been so long that my mind doesn’t even think like that anymore. The index card idea is great.

    1. One of my favorite books is by Barbara Drake – Writing Poetry (2nd edition). It was one that I kept from college and keep going back to over and over. You could probaby find it on amazon. Thank you so much for your compliments.

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