My daughter took Beginning Writers Workshop without telling me last year. One of the things she particularly valued was the message that good topics and interesting writing existed inside each one of us, just waiting to come out. Yes, good writing would take work and practice, but she liked the idea of trusting that good stuff was in there. And it was.
When she finally told me which of the short creative pieces was hers, I could see what she meant. It was a small story about trying to put molding around a window, screwing it up over and over, and how she and her lover dealt with her frustration. Small topic! And yet, upon reflection, it was one of the most touching love stories I’ve read in a long time. She hadn’t started out to write a love story, but that’s what came out. She’d started out by writing something that was really bugging her—those dang window moldings. Some revisions and connections later, true love lay its quiet hands on her words.
It occurs to me that things like Ouija Poetry and Poems of the Day are also like this. We just write and see what’s in there. It’s not so much a journal as it is an exploration with our favorite paints and brush–the words and the page. So how about a new Poem of the Day from you all? (Zelda and I appear to be on the same wavelength.) Here’s mine to remind you to feel free to write poorly!
Poem of the Day, 050609
I have all kinds of music on my computer
I use it like a rope tow
Riding it up the mountain each day
Helping me cruise along and enjoy the view
Rather than get crabby about working.
But it does tend to lure me into the bushes
Where I have fun writing on the blog or emailing.
That’s the trouble with computers—
they let you do so much.
I do love it so. Like Patton,
I am willingly addicted to the combat,
the struggle with the words, knowing they mean something.
It’s a wrestling match, and I need to pin them to the page
and see if they stick.
It occurs to me that movies often add music to war.
But not typically Elvis singing “Don’t Be Cruel.”
Perhaps that’s wrestling music.