100 Day Project No. Two: Week Nine Poems

Week Nine
Monday, November 6th – Sunday, November 12th

Well, Week Eight was a wash. I spent all my free time updating my photography site (photography.bradseverance.com), so I didn’t really accomplish much writing-wise.

However, I produced three poems for this week! They’re a bit shorter than my previous submissions, but I feel they are complete.

So, without further ado, here they are!


I caught her at sunset
after a restful respite.

I saw her in the failing sun
that turns all the tall, stone monuments into gold.

And she was as she was before
when I nursed her in my heart
and cradled her head like an unready mother.

There is a science to her presence
and a practice.
The lesson must be daily met—
a small price to pay for the schoolmaster’s gifts.

If I quit the classroom now,
how will I know what words to speak
to lift sunset’s curtain?


This is the moment
for which I’ve been waiting.
Or was the moment waiting for me?

It burns like a diamond,
the last on a string of gems,
the crowning jewel
of a diadem.


A blue heron
alone in his thoughts
is lost in the bulrushes.

He watches her
dance like a child
among the wildflowers
on a honey-colored hillock
this side of eventide.

She smiles and crosses over,
her lips tinged with twilight,
and solace.

He takes flight
and a winged, blue moon rises.

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 (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.

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