Friday, January 1, 2016
Crabby at the refrigerator / Happy New Year!
NO, not crabby because there's 200 pounds of leftover turkey in the refrigerator, and no ice cream. Crabby because at our recent retreat I discovered this new addition to the decor -- refrigerator magnets that you can use to make poetry.
I have enjoyed such toys in the past in other people's kitchens, although I've never had a set myself. It has always been fun to write a poem while waiting for the water to boil. But this set was suspiciously lacking in half the concepts I thought should be available to me as a poet -- especially a poet who's taking a week to focus on art.
Where is the discouragement? Where is the frustration? Where are the obstacles to overcome? the problems to be worked through? How could I write an honest poem if all the words were sappy and positive? Would it be great art if Hamlet said, "To be, that is wonderful! No questions!"
Don't know about you, but sometimes I have small dreams. Sometimes I feel the urge to step right up and shout "No, I won't do it today!"
I want a poetry magnet set that allows me to write poems along the lines of :
no focus, no goals
not enough determination
can't see a future
don't want to work
Tomorrow, maybe excellence
today, trash TV
junk food and a bottle of beer.
Happy New Year!! May 2016 have less junk food and more excellence, but let's don't get discouraged if that doesn't happen every day.