Tuesday, April 03, 2007

NaPoWriMo #1

I'm running a little late to get started on this. And what I thought was going to work out while I was driving in my car has fled my brain now that I've found time to sit with a pen and paper. The idea of NaPoWriMo is to write a poem a day during April - I feel that if I can write thirty poems, whether one a day, or none some days with a catch-up at the weekends, that will be good enough for me. And that establishing a regular writing habit will be far more valuable than actually producing something I like.

Here is the first very rough draft based on the second of the daily prompts at Poetry Thursday : "spiral"

A Spiral is the Shortest Distance Between Two Points

How efficient you have become, rising
in the dark and leaving early to avoid
traffic. You have searched out
the most direct route, studied intersections
to find the easiest turns. All day
you will add numbers, balance the books.
You have calculated the easiest curve
around the park. The joggers are always there,
but this is unexpected, beyond the trees
and their long shadows, a flock of white gulls
wheeling and looping in the early light.

6 comments:

Jan said...

Loved this poem, Catherine...the wonderfulness of surprises, the shock of something beautiful amid the mundane.
What a month you/we shall have!!

michelle said...

Great poem. The last line is fantastic! :)

Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

wow! that was great! and i love the title.

chiefbiscuit said...

I adore this Catherine! There's something so calm and measured - yet surprising - like a mathematician / accountant who at first meets and then suddenly breaks the expectations people have of such people. I love the voice it has.
I'm glad you are going to write thirty poems - I can see you are going to write some stunners!

Dana said...

I love this! It's so not just a first draft. It feels complete. Whole.

Jone said...

Love this. I felt like the white gulls wheeling and looping.