100 Day Project – Days 91 and 92

DAY 91 (August 9th, 2017)

William Blake
William Blake

Ah! Sun-flower

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done.

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:
Arise from their graves and aspire,
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.

DAY 92 (August 10th, 2017)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Autumn Within

It is autumn; not without
But within me is the cold.

Youth and spring are all about;
It is I that have grown old.

Birds are darting through the air,
Singing, building without rest;
Life is stirring everywhere,
Save within my lonely breast.

There is silence: the dead leaves
Fall and rustle and are still;
Beats no flail upon the sheaves,
Comes no murmur from the mill.

My Commentary

I’ve combined these two into a single poem


It is easy to see how tomorrow will end
if you do nothing today.

It was different when you were young
and your basket of tomorrows replenished itself
by some glorious, enigmatic magic.

But now you are a begger,
in the sunset of your years
scraping the bottom of a clay bowl
for scraps of allotted time.

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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