This year, I intend to follow all the prompts, and get the joy of discovery…
I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!
Today’s prompt was especially challenging for me – to film myself reading one of my own poems.
Under the best of circumstances, I don’t enjoy having my picture taken, much less being recorded. It’s something I’ve striven to overcome, but it still sets the not-good-enough meter pinging up toward its top end…
But that’s the nature of a real challenge, right? To offer us an opportunity to stretch, to reach, to leave our comfort zone and peek out at the world around us…?
So, I asked my ten year old if she would like to do the honor of taping me – she’s got a passion for movie-making.
I thought this result is a little dark, but she says that it fits the mood of the piece, and I’m going to respect her artistic vision, as well as my own.
I’ll share the video at the end of the post; first, I want to get on with the new stuff…
There’s a list of prompts for those not wanting to share a recording, and, since I’d already planned to write a poem every day this month, I went ahead and selected a few of the words from the list to write a quick little bit of philosophy…
Platitudes and Truth
I can do anything I set my mind to…
Strong words, but not true, not really.
No matter how valiant my effort
Despite my desperate motivation
I can’t love my baby boy back to life
Or prevent my own eventual death.
When I think of…
The way we use words as platitudes
And pretend that they are truths
I think we cheat ourselves
Sell away our deeper power
For a moment of feeling encouraged.
There are things we can’t prevent
Things we can’t make happen
Like love and life and death
The audacious spontaneous immutable
Facts that define all existence.
And now, on to today’s poetic comfort zone stretching…
And the transcript for this Day One poem:
I curl into
the comforting warmth
of my blankets
like a butterfly
in my cocoon.
Images, tastes, textures,
sights, sounds, scents -
Create the silken shelter
from which I emerge
changed and changing
and soar into
the new day.