Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Will I carry a poem in my pocket today? Most of my clothes have no pockets. I have tried to get in the habit of taking a volume of poetry with me to meetings. Many of our meetings start late, and I have a few minutes to dip in and out of a book, to read a poem or two.
I started my Poem in Your Pocket Day by finishing a poem I started in early March. My friend has suffered quite a trauma, a house fire. I'm hopeful that she'll survive and create art out of it. She will be happy simply to have her life return to normal.
A few months ago, she wrote this blog post, which I thought was quite poetic and made me hope that she gets a memoir out of this experience, in later years, when she can bear to return to it.
I saw her blog post and on Feb. 29, I wrote to some local writer friends:
"So, feel like writing a poem? Want a prompt? I've been thinking about ashes of all sorts, which led me to this prompt:
write a poem that uses imagery from _____'s burned house--or any house of your choosing, burned or whole--and your religious tradition, however you want to define that. Bonus points for including mythology or fairy tales.
Sure, you'll say that I have it easy, having celebrated Ash Wednesday last week.
Happy Poetry Play!"
Yes, I'm only just now finishing the poem. Such is the Spring I have had.
Perhaps you don't like that prompt? Here's another. A friend burned a CD for us, with a Doc Watson album on it. My favorite song from that CD had this line:
"What does the deep sea say?
It moans and it groans
and it thrashes and it foams
and it rolls on its weary way"
The ocean as weary--I usually think of the ocean as being nourishing or mighty or any number of other adjectives but never weary!
So, today I'll write a new poem, prompted by that lyric and that question, "What does the deep sea say?"
Other ways to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day:
Put a poem in the lunches that you pack for loved ones.
Leave poems in random places, like a bench or a grocery store shelf.
Tuck a poem into a ream of paper in the copy room.
Leave a poem on the desk of a coworker.
Write poems as after school or evening activity.
Read a poem at a meal. Contemplate--or discuss with others, if you're lucky enough to have dining companions.
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