Here’s a Wednesday poem. It’s inspired by Marie Elena and Walt over at Poetic Bloomings. They have a prompt there, and writing 50 lines like this is just a lovely challenge for me. Please enjoy my attempt. Hopefully it works.
Zero on Life
Why not Day Zero
Zero being the nothing
Zero all around me
me on top of all
me only not today
today rings no bells
today’s hardly here
Here’s no sun
here’s only dirty dishes
Dishes everywhere in magazines
screaming endlessly together
Together with cups
cups used of course
Emptied Monday coffee
emptied dreams of days
Days lined up in memory
days of no surrender
Surrender’s no key word
surrender goes with wars
wars killing people
wars on religion
religion being the omen
religion say God
God in various names
God bless them all
All Gods are God
all people is people
Peace on our doorstep
Peace in our hearts
Hearts of gold
hearts of fire
Fire in colorful flames
fire of deadly destruction
destruction of time
destruction of vast areas
areas covering nations
areas of flowers
Flowers in my hands
flowers providing life
Life of Wednesday
Do you take the blue cup or the red cup of coffee at 7-Eleven?
You might need a Danish to go along, I’d say – especially because “blue” means “right wing” and “red” means “left wing” here in Denmark so I would be pretty confused if I needed a cup of coffee in a 7-Eleven in the US for the time being.
Well, in fact I’d feel pretty odd to order a Danish.
Only for the time being we’re thinking of Sandy and we follow this huge giant, to be honest no one thinks of politics today here. We might drink our coffee, sort of color blind, and we don’t write any poems and we think of Pearl and all the other 400,000 people who had to be evacuated. In fact we think of all the millions of people who are right there.
For the next six hours we hold our breath and wish that people from the New York area (and the rest of the North and East Coast) can drink all the coffees they want, blue or red, tomorrow and have them enjoying all the good wishes from all around the world.
My good old virtual friend Jacqueline Cardenas is suddenly here.
She posted such a wonderful comment on Poetic Bloomings
(“Poetry is a way to unite“)
and I replied this:
“Jacque, do you remember your poems on Poetic Asides back in 2009? Your poem with a couple who spend their honeymoon in Spain, in a hotel room, in a bed and this husband’s beard grows and grows – and the woman suddenly wonders: “I never knew I married Taliban?”
That is my favorite poem from Poetic Asides 2009.
Sharing humor means the world for me and your way of thinking opens up my mind again and again.”
Now Jacque, I also posted a free submission to you for http://www.thewritehelper.com so now, Jacque, you run along with all the other great poets!
I’ve been thinking about the results of That Poll on how our creativity and our loved ones interact. If you’re a numbers fiend, here are the poll results in order of how many votes each choice received:
- Being part of a supportive writing community: 25% of the choices that people made included this choice
- Being a writer is a lonely life; at the end of the day, your support system doesn’t do the writing – you do: 18%
- My dear ones are supportive of my writing, so it’s never been an issue: 14%
- Other: 13% (which included everything from meeting your friendly neighborhood librarian – a great idea! – to waiting to show your work in real life print )
- Hermitting: 11%
- Creating a supportive community: 10%
- Putting a firewall between my writing life and my other life : 7%
- Therapy : 2%
I found a lot to be heartened about here : for example, that many of us have supportive people to hang out with when our daily support system isn’t quite working for us.
I’m also impressed at the complexities we encompass: we can simultaneously love people and understand that they can’t be everything to us all the time; we can be solitary in creation but we nurture that process through interactions.
In short, we’re good at casting a wide net to help ourselves create, whether that net grabs us a “room of one’s own” or a support system to be part of.
One thing I didn’t poll on is the professional support that creative people sometimes need/choose to have: editors, agents, publishers, typists, translators, transcribers, teachers, writing groups. I’m going to let Andrea introduce her wonderful editor, but I wanted to mention the editing company because Write Helper is running the Burning The Midnight Oil
Poetry Contest, a rare contest that provides cash prizes for the winners, plus a free critique for all entrants. So if you’re a poet casting your net for new places to place your work, the contest is open now through next week (Oct 31st) – throw your net out onto the waters, see what comes back to you !
[ina’s note: This was supposed to be Monday’s post, but we had a time dependent notification to put up yesterday. So, we’re having coffee a day late. Y’all don’t mind late coffee, I hope? We can even make it decaf if you like 🙂 ]
If you entered our first writing contest and have decided to use Andrea’s offer of an entry to the Write Helper Burning the Midnight Oil poetry contest, here’s how you use that code:
- Write to Amy’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In your email, make sure to give her your name, your entry code and your contact information
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us through our Contact form ! And GO POET TEAM!!! RAH! RAH!
Coming home from work after a long week of this and that, closing all the doors, hitting the keys, opening favorite blogs and seeing, yes, seeing your name in print.
Someone says you won something?
Today, I say that because so many poets won my heart, I will make this Friday special for:
- Hana Haatainen Caye
- Linda Swenski
- Sharon Ingraham
- Mariya Koleva
- Meena Rose
- Jlynn Sheridan
- Madeleine Begun Kane
- Michelle Hed
- Linda H
- Pearl Ketover Priilik
- Dennis Dripps
I offer each of these poets one free entry each for the poetry contest at www.thewritehelper.com!
So if your name is on the list, please go to the website and read more about Amy‘s contest and tell us here within the next week if you want to use your free entry – and if you do, I will contact you and give you a code you must use for your entry.
A month ago I offered a prize of kr. 100 and we ended up honoring two poets and divided the 100 kroner note into two 50 kroner notes. Only I wanted to honor all the poets who came by and supported us and now, that’s what I am doing today (each entry costs 7 dollars and that’s more or less 50 kroner).
Now you 11 poets – now you have a chance of winning prizes of $100, $50, and $25 because that’s what Amy is offering over there for her winners.
Ina and I will be standing out somewhere on the sideline biting our fingernails and now and again cheering: GO, GO, GO!
I’m amazed to see what a nerve Ina hit.
“What do you do when your dear ones are being less-than-supportive about writing?”
The strange part is that we tend to tell everyone how those who surround us respond instead of describing what we do. Heartbreaking descriptions pour out, like this from Judith on She Writes: “I was surprised at how many of my friends were not supportive when my novel was optioned for the big screen. My husband said it was because they were jealous. I didn’t want to believe him. I thought good friends were happy for each other when they achieved some success. My husband’s response was, ‘these were not your good friends.’”
And Dana writes: “Happy to vote on that question. I’ve had an in-law that wasn’t supportive at all, but then she was never supportive about anything and hence the word ‘had.’ My immediate family, very supportive. This community was incredibly helpful (without really knowing it) during some of the down times.”
So what do we do? We join writing communities.
And what else: It looks like we continue writing.