Monday, December 18th – Sunday, December 25th
You hide in the brush on a well-worn path,
although the patient and practiced eye
may catch you darting like a house wren
from your nest.
Dry sprigs are comfort enough.
What is a font of marble and silver to you?
Or an apse gilded in gold mosaics?
Or stone towers wreathed in clouds?
Do you forgive man his misguided emprise
to make you a corporeal home?
What ephemera will contain you?
What vestments, crook or flail,
will bring you near when you come
unbidden when you will?
Your flight is your fancy;
Your alightment your gift alone to give.
The gibbous moon confers gifts—
firelit gossamer to mark your forest path.
But when she wanes and you fall from grace,
be vigilant, capricious heart—
It is not a time for mourning …
… but for sowing.
She’ll not deny you your harvest home, mindful lover.
Lift up your sighing eyes and again her heart will open.
Her outstretched arms,
pale and devoted in the ardent hours,
patiently wait for your fond embrace.
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 (my second one) on September 11th. Each week, I will write at least five hundred words of my novel. These words don’t necessarily have to be a polished product, but should, at least, be coherent and grammatically sound. I’ll also post two poems a week. These poems will be a bit more polished than first drafts. Most of the material will come from poetry that I wrote in my first 100 day project. In addition to writing the poems, I’m also going to read them, so that you may hear how they sound in my head. I’ve been told I have a pleasant voice, so I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Lastly, I’ll create one blog post where I read a famous poem written by a real poet! I will also include a little history and fun facts about the poet.