Week 2 is a mix of themes and topics that are familiar and new experiences and observations gathered each day. Already I sense a common thread connecting the poems this year–transition. This week, there are fewer poet-as-narrator poems and more poems from the poet-as-observer perspective. These PAD challenges give me an opportunity to observe the how of my creative process:
- how images, incidents, and feelings take root throughout the day and I can’t shake them until they are on the page
- how poems start in multiple directions and then I have to work different threads simultaneously until one of them comes to an end
- how sometimes I’m not sure if I pulled the right thread
- how some themes require a return at a later date when I’m not in get-the-poem-out-and-go-to-bed mode
- how some days I just need to get the poem out and go to bed
- how I seem to be writing the same poem over and over again
And always it’s an interesting ride to see where each prompt takes me.
Day 7 (Prompt: Self-Portrait)
seated and upright
black stockinged feet
freed from black-heeled boots
dangled toes cozy up
to the heater’s warm hum
Day 8 (Prompt: Violent/Peaceful)
I overhear him tell you
he told you up front
that he lived with his mother
and worked at the college
but didn’t have a degree.
Day 9 (Prompt: Shelter)
The tour of her fiancé’s house ends
in the room filled with what’s familiar and hers–
what I will name the piano room,
what used to be the living room
of the house where our friendship grew.
Day 10 (Prompt: Future)
The climate will change as the clouds
swollen with the megapixels of our digital
lives can no longer hold everything apart.
Day 11 (Prompt: Statement)
Spring Has Arrived
And so has he to the same park bench
where he unfurls the morning paper
and feigns to read
Day 12 (Prompt: City)
You strive ever upward with a million
anonymous stories stacked between
the gravel and glass of high
rises stretched down Broadway.
Day 13 (Prompt: Animal)
She likes her dogs the way
she likes her men–large and long-
haired, happy to be at her feet.