100 Day Project Three – Days 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67

DAYS 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 (August 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th 2018)

WORD (first of many drafts)

In nature we find our tidings.
Find your lesson in the river’s tide.
Melting snows rush headlong for the sea,
past rock and fallen tree,
tumbling from the mountaintop.

Child of Olympus—
You were once a word that fell like rain.

There is life and death in life—
tumbling, tumbling
past ruined bridge and hillside.

There is life and death in life—
in every caught fish,
crying calf and butchered ox—
tumbling, tumbling
past carriage, town
and creaking watermill.

Tumbling, tumbling
into a buoyant, breathless stillness—
and in the fog-drenched distance,
under a wine-red sky,
is all the world in miniature.

The ocean swells like an enraged beast,
as if Amphitrite had loosed her husband’s cart.

You drink the briny deep
and sink into her slumbering, loving clutches,
having spent your patrimony on the broken crags
of this awful, delightful, bequeathed world.
How will your accounts be settled or will they be settled at all?
The market, too, will be washed away with the tide.

Novel X

Note: I’ll forsake poetry this weekend and write many prosaic words.

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.


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