Friday, May 01, 2009

A Poem of My Own

Hope you enjoyed Poetry Month. I have to confess that it was nice to know my blog had a post every day, with minimal effort from me. It was sort of like having a self-cleaning house or a self-driving car or something. (I'm telling you, they ever make a robot who can drive a car so the passenger can laze around with a laptop, reading blogs and such, I will so be there.)

But now it's back to reality. I think I might be coming out of hibernation, but the new job means a total daily commute of 80 miles/2+ hours, so I doubt my posting will be anywhere near daily.

The time in the car is interesting. I'm trying to look at it as an asset - a time to think or sing along with my IPod or just appreciate the truly beautiful place where I am lucky enough to live. I like the thinking time and find it helpful for my writing (although it means I have to remember the words that are trying to jump out of my brain when I hit a good thought).

This week, the time helped me write a poem. Shocking, I know. In fact, I considered declaring May to be Bad Poetry Month and I'd write one every day. But really, I'm not any kind of a poet. (I'm not a dancer either.) Enough waffling. Here is my poem.

The Blank Page

Gatsby believed in the green light
A future that recedes into the past
A current forever pulling us backwards
A life of unfulfilled wistfulness

Not me.

I believe in the blank page
A future that stretches to the horizon
A line that marches us forward
A life of limitless possibilities

Above all, I believe this:

Respect the blank page
Do not fill it with history
Or burden it with hesitancy
Or tie it down with conditions

Write boldly, quickly,
With a sense of purpose
Don't think
Just open your eyes and dream



At 1 May 2009 at 12:55, Blogger laurie said...

lovely. great last line.

re the car trip: books on CD?

At 1 May 2009 at 14:02, Blogger Kaycie said...

I think it's quite wonderful.

You need one of those little recorders to talk into and save you from having to remember all those words!

At 1 May 2009 at 14:28, Blogger The Gossamer Woman said...

Very well done, Ann! You are a true poet.

At 2 May 2009 at 15:20, Anonymous Felix said...


At 5 May 2009 at 12:07, Blogger wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Well, I like your poem. I've tagged you so come on over.

At 10 May 2009 at 02:32, Blogger Career Guy said...

Kaycie beat me to it. Even my palm pilot records--Birthday present hint to Peter: digital recorder.

Sweet poem, btw.

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