- 1 part love of language
- 2 parts observational skills
- Equal parts clown, philosopher and quester
- heaping scoops of curiosity
- pinch of pain
- dash of stuff that leaves scars
- an ounce or ten of the stuff that ‘builds character’
- level serving of courage
mix in tears and sweat until a soft dough forms
put dough under pressure until it is compact
roll out until thin enough to see the words through
Allow dough to rest and reform to an organic shape
Bake in real life, with variations of hot to warm, and
periodically freeze, thaw and toss around.
Leave it to rest and pull apart to reveal poetry.
And what is left is the poet. Put this in a warm place.
Let it rise again and create more poetry.
Poets are like grandma’s mystery dough.
Lots of cool stuff with no real measure
except to do it until it looks or feels
just about right. Then add a pinch for
luck. Good luck, bad luck or no luck.
Each scar says, “I survived”. Each tear
says, “the wound is washed clean” and
each word born into a poem is alive
and stays alive as long as the poetry
is read, even after the poet has gone
and returned to dust, their pages
brittle and their hard drives dated.
I remember typing on my mother’s old typewriter.
I remember typing in the dark, each word so formed.
Click, click, click, space, space – hard return. Space.
I remember hand written pages, bound with a red
ribbon. I remember a first professionally printed book.
Each book mark a hand placed ribbon. Each poem
a pedigree. A footnote. A place in my heart that never
seemed to get crowded with them, but grew and grew.
Now the poems come faster than I can catch them.
And some days they don’t come at all. Those days
are the most frightening – have I lost my senses?
Have I lost my words? Then I rub an aching scar.
Then I see an old photo. Or touch a page. Read a
blog of someone’s poetry. And the muse is back.
A photographer takes the photos, catches the moments.
A poet is the one who writes the story on the back of
those moments in time. For one to see, for many or
sometimes none. Each blink a snapshot, a 1000 words.
Each 1000 words boils down, breaks down into what?
Poetry! The words that fill the spaces between each
photo in the stack. The words that fill the spaces.