I find it a bit ironic that it is National Poetry Month 2015 and these dry bones are not giving up much poetry. Or prose or words of any genre. Nice timing, right? That it is Springtime and nearly everything around me here in the South is green or pink or fuschia and lime. New birth, earthy moist and hopeful surrounds me. Lifts my spirits high and yet paradoxically seems to mock my writing life. It is not in sync with the world. My words sit at the bottom of a dry well.
As a writer, inspiration can come from the seemingly strangest of places. Truly. This is a bit confessional and a lot inspirational for others who find themselves in a dry place creatively.
So yes, I have been tending to six baby chickens. Loving them, naming them and studying them. Trying to figure out all their hunting and pecking strategies or randomness and simply why they do what they do. It is like a mini Anthropology course but not so much because they are, duh, chickens. And so this won’t be the longest introduction ever to a poetry blog post, I will move on. Move forward with this poetry segway. Or segway into a poem which breaks the silence.
I just hung up from Voxering a bit ago with my friend in London, Shelly Miller. I whined about, slash confessed, my lack of writing inspiration. Is Voxering a verb? And then I promptly promised someone in Europe that I would make myself write today.
Make myself? What?
What happened to passion and for the love of the craft and “I can’t not write?” Shelly and I lamented and then if that wasn’t enough I Voxered my friend Sandra Heska King in Michigan to whine some more. Some days require bicontinental consolation.
And after all the whining I realized all the inspiration I needed for today was found in studying my chickens hunting and pecking and scratching. They work with what they have. If they can do it I can too. And gazing at my old yellow lab who may live another week if we are lucky. She wanders around in search of joy. I believe I’ve got this.
If my old girl can find joy in her slow and lethargic wanderings. Well, this writer can too.
And my friends, who are writers and artists, whispering just the write things at just the right time into my life as a creative. That feeds my soul.
I am grateful for the fur, the feathers and the friends. And for how they fuel my passion for writing. Light a match to the fading embers. Move me from thinking of writing, to actually writing again.
Elusive, it refused to be tied down
Like a thought bubble in a Dennis The Menace cartoon
Like an apparition in search of a place to lay down and rest
The knock comes
Disregarding the “do not disturb” sign rocking back and forth on the brass knob
You mouth “go away”
White lies are for times like these
I am out of paper comes to mind
And the computer is on the blink
The cartridge in your favorite pen is low
The problem with come back another time
Is that though the poem is thick skinned
It will not
It will check in, unwritten, into the retirement home with no waiting list
And go the way of the unwritten words
Feet up, watching Jeopardy
And the poet who barred the door shut?
Still wondering where childhood and all the lost poems went
And how to repentantly ask her poems for forgiveness
For ever training them to play that game
Of cat and mouse
For in the end
The rat takes the cheese
The sign comes off the door
A win, win
For that poet and
Joining Tweetspeak Poetry using a one line prompt from today’s Everyday Poetry poem “Where Childhood Went’ by Kim Addonizio.
3 thoughts on “Inspired By Feathers, Fur and Friends”
Elizabeth – I LOVED this. I loved the poem, I loved the confession, I loved that you turned to other writers in times like these. That’s why we need each other. To remind each other of these times and to encourage one another to keep on going.
Oh my gosh! You found words. Or they found you, and you let them in. You’ve inspired me today and made me miss our chicks, and I don’t want my words to check into a retirement home before I do. Or even then.
I love everything about your words here. I loved voxing/voxering with you. I love that we can connect words and hearts in so many ways. And I just plain love you. So there’s that!
Wow. A lot of times I don’t ‘get’ poetry and I have no clue what Voxering is…but I got this. The part I loved (or hated) the most, the part that ‘got’ me was, “It will not come back, it will check in, unwritten…” That is why I get up in the middle of the night when my mind has settled enough to hear, that is why I get so little sleep, that is why I got to thank you for this. 🙂