100 Day Project – Days 77 and 78

DAY 77 (July 26th, 2017)

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

A Cloud Withdrew From The Sky

A Cloud withdrew from the Sky
Superior Glory be
But that Cloud and its Auxiliaries
Are forever lost to me

Had I but further scanned
Had I secured the Glow
In an Hermetic Memory
It had availed me now.

Never to pass the Angel
With a glance and a Bow
Till I am firm in Heaven
Is my intention now.

DAY 78 (July 27th, 2017)

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

Yesterday is History

Yesterday is History,
‘Tis so far away —
Yesterday is Poetry —
‘Tis Philosophy —

Yesterday is mystery —
Where it is Today
While we shrewdly speculate
Flutter both away

My Commentary

I’ve combined these two into a single poem


All the world’s little games
are variations on the same
tired motif. Why tarry?

Perception is not a birthright.

Why risk shedding tears over
a wishing well of yesterdays?

God’s gift to you is today.
Would you squander such largesse?

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 100 Day Project on May 11th. My project is to read a poem, and write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by that poem. I’ll post the results at www.bradseverance.com/category/100-day-project/


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