100 Day Project – Days 43 and 44

DAY 43 (June 22nd, 2017)

Theodore Roethke
Theodore Roethke

Root Cellar

Nothing would sleep in that cellar, dank as a ditch,
Bulbs broke out of boxes hunting for chinks in the dark,
Shoots dangled and drooped,
Lolling obscenely from mildewed crates,
Hung down long yellow evil necks, like tropical snakes.
And what a congress of stinks!—
Roots ripe as old bait,
Pulpy stems, rank, silo-rich,
Leaf-mold, manure, lime, piled against slippery planks.
Nothing would give up life:
Even the dirt kept breathing a small breath.

My Commentary

If I would but love then I would lay
this illusive fog into the grave.

And then the sun and all her children,
lazily roaming, silver and snowy …

would reveal their truths to me.

DAY 44 (June 23rd, 2017)

A. E. Housman
A. E. Housman

When green buds hang in the elm

When green buds hang in the elm like dust
And sprinkle the lime like rain,
Forth I wander, forth I must,
And drink of life again.
Forth I must by hedgerow bowers
To look at the leaves uncurled,
And stand in the fields where cuckoo-flowers
Are lying about the world.

My Commentary

This way the raven cried
so loud and shrill I could not hide
from the regal imperative.

Dutifully bent, I rose to follow,
the day now spent, the world now hollow
and into the clutching darkness went.

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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