100 Day Project – Days 97 and 98

DAY 97 (August 14th, 2017)

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

Truth—is as old as God—

Truth—is as old as God—
His Twin identity
And will endure as long as He
A Co-Eternity—

And perish on the Day
Himself is borne away
From Mansion of the Universe
A lifeless Deity.

DAY 98 (August 15th, 2017)

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

Drowning is not so pitiful

Drowning is not so pitiful
As the attempt to rise
Three times, ’tis said, a sinking man
Comes up to face the skies,
And then declines forever
To that abhorred abode,
Where hope and he part company—
For he is grasped of God.

The Maker’s cordial visage,
However good to see,
Is shunned, we must admit it,
Like an adversity.

My Commentary

I’ve combined these two into a single poem


When, at last, my heart does open,
despite my failing eyes—
bound by the ravages of so many dogged years—
your outstretched arms,
pale and devoted in the ardent hours,
patiently wait.

This is my God. She is faceless, smiling,
patiently waiting for my fond embrace.

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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