Today’s two-part Tuesday prompt is to write a “What you are / What you are not” poem. I cannot get my mind away from Billy Collins’ “Litany.” I cannot get Edie Brickell’s “What I am is what I am is what you are or what”out of my head. I cannot stop thinking about Shakespeare’s “Shall I compare thee.” And I am so, so sleepy.
What I am is just sitting on the edge
of the table, barely able to function,
a brain that has already set,
before that gentle sliver of a moon,
before the aggressive shine of Venus.
I am holding on to the wakeful spot of my day
like a spider to the thread
that is just about to break in the wind.
What I am is the one who sits between worlds
greeting the ones who enter the gate,
wishing too could wander across the threshhold.
1. The way my sons’ school is emphasizing Earth Day, as a way to begin making changes in their family’s lifestyle, asking children to make notes about specific things their families do to change their behaviors. I like it. Sure, it’s not enough, but it’s that one little bit to start, and hopefully it makes more people more aware.
2. The art displays going up at school. I am finding myself feeling extremely jealous of my students. I would so deeply love to take some of these art classes myself. Their work is phenomenal.
3. Re-planning. Sometimes plan A gets a little murky and confusing after it’s been reworked and redrawn so many times. It’s nice to put the paper down and start fresh, using the old map as a guide.
4. Poem-a-Day. It is exhausting. It is frustrating. It is exhilarating. I am learning a great deal about myself.
5. Prose poetry. I am going to try working in this form, just as soon as I can catch my breath.
May we walk in Beauty!