Wednesday, 23 April 2014

NaPoWriMo 23/30 - Untitled + Day 24 Prompt

These unlikely vessels
pouring grammar
of beauty and light
from the mouth of
a cracked jug

if media is message
what the body
what the actions

is it the words

the work

the work must need
be done

or must it

is the saying enough

when the cracked vessel
speaks of perfection
est-ce qu’il faut que
nous faissions attention

shall we listen?

the vessel is leaking
the ship is sinking
the string quartet
plays genius as elegy
to our discernment

better to listen to those 
with hardened hands
softened souls
open hearts
dexterous minds
lives without leaks

why are we so keen
to hitch ride-alongs
on these sinking ships


Okay, it's true…I went away.  Not sure if I want to post 21 and 22.  And I missed giving prompts.  Life happens.


PROMPT FOR DAY 24:  Your magic word.

Quote of the Week - Obreht

"When your fight has purpose -- to free you from something, to interfere on the behalf of the innocent -- it has a hope of finality. When the fight is about unraveling -- when it is about your name, the places to which your blood is anchored, the attachment of your name to some landmark or event -- there is nothing but hate, and the long, slow progression of people who feed on it and are fed it, meticulously, by the ones who come before them. The fight is endless, and comes in waves and waves, but always retains its capacity to surprise those who hope against it." 
~ Tea Obreht, The Tiger's Wife

Found this image on KimLoveMuse's FB - seemed serendipitous - and I was having trouble finding good tigers!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

NaPoWriMo 20/30 - The Currency of Wonder and Prompt for Day 21

The Currency of Wonder

There is a secret hideaway for princesses
a unicorn is her favorite horse
fairies sleep rolled up in flowers
that open to let them fly away
in the morning

also there is a lot of serving
and fake drinking of pretend tea

all of this is free

yet I know
how expensive it will become
each passing moon
curiosity delight and marvel
the places between
fill with sober details
chores homework
and most precariously
the future

The wonderful present
becomes heavy with yesterday
clouded by tomorrow
Smiles and giggles
become more expensive
require spinning rides
and special effects
instead of a magic wand
made from sticks and beads
and glitter
that fixes everything


We are ⅔ of the way there!


Saturday, 19 April 2014

NaPoWriMo 19/30 - Operating Instructions for the Post-Traumatic + Prompt for Day 20

Photo by Kal Lavelle

Operating Instructions for the Post-Traumatic

*Post in Plain Sight*

When the best option evaporates, choose the next best option. Do not choose the worst option, no option, or hiding in a corner. Choose the next best option. Do not hurt yourself because you are hurt.

Don’t do anything stupid. You might not know something smart to do in this moment, but don’t do the stupid thing. You know which is the stupid thing – it’s the thing that makes the base of your skull tingle like trouble’s coming. And trouble is – if you do it. Don’t do it. Do nothing. Wait for the smart thing to arise. Or for someone you trust to tell you what to do.

When you feel like you can’t, you can’t. So don’t. The sooner you stop trying or forcing, the sooner you might be able to.

Remind yourself often that you’re real.

It’s okay not to have a happy place. See if you can create an “it’s not so terrible here” place.

Make a playlist that will talk you down. Play it when you need to be talked down.

It’s non-linear. Remember this when becoming discouraged by the backward motion.

Figure out who makes you feel like you can’t. Never be with them.

Ignore the well-meaning advice of people who don’t know. You still know the difference between those who know and those who don’t.

Optimism can be a luxury in certain circumstances. Choose breath instead.

Fight the slow burn of not liking yourself. Don’t fight anything else – it takes too much energy.

Practise self deception as necessary – it’s often the difference between okay and very not okay.

Maintain the little things that ground you.

Let go of the rest.



DAY 20 PROMPT:  The Currency of Wonder

Thanks for reading.  Hope you're getting on in your NaPoWriMo

Friday, 18 April 2014

NaPoWriMo 18/30 - Salt Water & Aloe + Day 19 Prompt

Salt Water & Aloe

These are the things the body asks for
Pour me salt water and aloe

all this dry tinder
and cracked pavement
in a frayed shell

this is how life ends
but it started
with salt and
viscous liquids
accidental organics
single cells

moving further and further into sun
lungs remember
the cooling clean
of gills
the flow and rinse

we have yet to learn
we are made of water
aloe’s enzymes and lignins
direct our cells

we are as old
as we are new

in a landscape
of body
flowing through time

craving salt water
to purify
to heal

DAY 19 PROMPT:  Operating Instructions