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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Poems! Poems!

Today is 27th April. Am I right? And April is National Poetry Month. I've been to, and really appreciated the blogs of quite a few dedicated poets and poetry-lovers this month, had a fleeting thought of "Must do something about that!", but to my shame, I haven't, have I? Maybe the fact that it's not International Poetry Month made me feel in some way that there really was no onus on me to do anything. I'll confess my poetry-life has been in the doldrums lately. There's so much else going on. When I've gone to my twice-monthly writers' group meetings over the past few months, I've been rooting around in my archives and notebooks, hauling out likely prospects written in months and years past, resurrecting them, brushing them down, and bringing them in for feedback. They've been well-received, but still, that hasn't given me the impetus to get back to writing regularly.

We had a wonderful weekend retreat, during which I did write, but it still didn't kick-start me into the day-to-day time I used to spend with notebook and pen, but something's happened over the past couple of weeks that I've hardly really noticed until today. - I have written poems. The evidence is in my notebook. There's one on 15th of the month, another on 17th, and yesterday, and again today, more poems. It's not a flood, but it's a start. It's not the 30 poems that some people are aiming to produce this month. But it feels good. So I want to thank January, Jillypoet, Inland Empire Girl, Cate (who frequently shares glorious poems on her beautiful blog), and all of you who have been writing or sharing poems during this month.

Just this weekend, I happened to finally actually go to the blog of Patti Digh - 37 Days, and found, among a wealth of articles that are enriching, life-affirming, encouraging and empowering in many, many ways, that she has been marking this month by sharing a poem, and thoughts on the power of poetry in our lives each day this month. Go over there. Browse. It's wonderful!

One of January's poem's was titled "Funny Poem". Something about it was the impetus for me to start a poem, so I'll share here:


.........This is the poem that lost the way.
.........It was headed home,
.........with all the right words,
.........the perfect apology for its long absence,
.........when it got waylaid.

.........A stray notion pulled it aside,
.........and that was the end of THAT good intention.

........This is the poem that spent the money
........that was meant for flowers
........on seven pints, a round for the lads,
........a doner kebab(*) on the way home.

........This is the poem that just plain forgot:
........Sometimes there is no home after that.
........Sometimes - as the barman says - really DO have no home to go to.(**)
Cultural References:
(*) Doner kebab : Traditional Irish food, commonly consumed after a night in the pub
(**) Common phrase uttered in plaintive tones by barman at the end of the night, when patrons show no indication of plans to leave the pub, even after lights have been turned off, and a bell repeatrdly rung: "Come on, now, Gents, have yiz no homes to go to?"



At 27/4/08 3:03 pm, Blogger Alexander M Zoltai said...

Astray was delightful.

Reminded me about my intro-poem for my book ( free download - ).

My Bread is
Cast; They'll
Eat who do...
Yet, knowing how their

~ Alex

At 27/4/08 3:07 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

Love this poem. Has a lovely rhythm and feel to it. Found you from JillyPoet's post. Welcome!! AnnieH

At 27/4/08 4:02 pm, Blogger Annie said...

I truly admire those who can bend words into poetry. Sadly, I'm not one of them :)

At 27/4/08 9:53 pm, Blogger terri said...

thanks for sharing that poem and for the reminder that writers write. it is difficult to get around to that sometimes.

love to you my irish sister.

At 27/4/08 10:01 pm, Blogger JERKK said...

wow i really really felt this poem..the deepness of you're writings are amazing..may be sometime we can write tagether

At 28/4/08 12:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice. I have some of those astray poems too. I love the look of an open notebook, so inviting.

My blog is green for my Irish roots too. Got a shamrock on my sweater in my bio photo.

At 28/4/08 2:03 pm, Blogger Becca said...

My poetry life has gone quite astray as well. But you must keep writing poems, because you have a true gift.

37 Days is a wonderful blog - I've been reading it for some time, and she always inspires me in some way.

As do you :)

At 28/4/08 4:18 pm, Blogger nonizamboni said...

I enjoyed your poem so much!
As for not producing 30 poems, I hope you are proud of all the writing you did this month.
An encouragement you are, as usual.
And I hope someday to enjoy a doner kebab :O)

At 28/4/08 8:01 pm, Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

I heard a good poet reads a lot of other's poetry. April has inspired me to read instead of pushing them out. It's been great!

At 29/4/08 7:51 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of my poems seem to have gone astray of late. I think they may be hibernating or have possibly given up and migrated to another country altogether. I love this one - and that it came back to you in time for poetry month.

Well done, Imelda!

(thank you for the reminder about 37 days - it's a blog that I love, yet seem to visit all too seldom lately)

At 29/4/08 6:02 pm, Blogger Rosa said...

Your poetry is brilliant. I used to write a lot of poetry in my younger, romantic years. I seem to have fallen into a rut recently. Boo hiss on that! (I have to admit when I first saw the title, I thought it said "Ashtray!" I thought it was going to be a funny poem. Think I better get those new glasses, pronto! hehe.

At 30/4/08 2:14 pm, Blogger Karen said...

I love the poem! I'm actually feeling grateful for National Poetry Month--not because I'm poet, but because so many others have been inspired to write and, even better, share! I forget how much I love to read poetry!

At 30/4/08 6:32 pm, Blogger Diane M. Roth said...

what a great poem! today's the last day of poetry month. What a shame!

At 3/5/08 3:21 am, Blogger Julie said...

I did so well, publishing my favorite poems, when Daisy Lupin started her poetry blog. And even after she died, I kept it up for some months. But then Christmas and life intervened, and I haven't published a poem for months. I didn't even realize that April was poetry month. I will try to be better in the future.


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