100 Day Project Three – Day 54

DAY 54 (August 4th, 2018)

A COMPANY OF ANGELS (unfinished)

Provisionless—
armed only with my heart’s calling,
faltering in a narrow corridor
between the beginning and yet another troubled birth—
the doors burst open.


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 121

EXCERPT

“Burt saw a change in Charlot. She seemed quite a bit more friendly, and, dare he thought, respectful.”

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 52, 53

DAYS 52, 53 (August 2nd, 3rd 2018)

I SAW YOU IN A PAINTING (unfinished)

I saw you in a painting—
under a bone black sky.
Behind lemon yellow windows,
souls, like tallow candles, consume themselves—
in mirth and fear,
in shame and longing,
in tendernesses.

Would I but expose my wounds to them—
frailties of which I’m too ashamed
to share. Why add to their crushing burden?
Better to swim above the serried, terracotta rooftops—
a minim lost in ocean lights.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 48, 49, 50, 51

DAYS 48, 49, 50, 51 (July 29th, 30th, 31st, August 1st, 2018)

HALF-THOUGHTS (unfinished)

They march
like grim-faced soldiers from the front
ragged, exhausted, hopeless,
colorless, like an old movie—
a dreary, funereal procession of half-hearted thoughts—
half-dead,
that bud
then wither
but never bloom.
They seem so shameful—
offensive and artless.

This is what it’s like
to be half-asleep
under a moth-eaten quilt
hidden in the gloom
in a dark damp room.

Freight cars clatter
on the darkest hour.
The train head bellows—
the echo measures miles,
tens of miles,
hundreds, perhaps.

I wake, stark-faced
and remember,
and all my fractured thoughts,
are burned up
in a terrible sunburst
of prescient vision.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 46, 47

DAYS 46, 47 (July 27th, 28th, 2018)

SERPENT SUN (unfinished)

The serpent sun of bronze, warlike man
breathes fire in his fingers,
fire on his wings,
fire in his eyes,
to scorch the far-flung land.

It rises
over all his savage nations
and falls
on his vainglorious dust—
a bellyful for sleeping vultures
in the corpse-strewn desert
of his vile, forgotten deeds.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 44, 45

DAYS 44, 45 (July 25th, 26th, 2018)

SUMMER AFTERNOON (fragments)

I catch her breath like a hawk
upon a pendulous breeze—
untrammeled by shame—
by an albatross of regret.

Polyps of sweat
burst my bronzing skin.
My face unfolds
for the sun—
bends to the tips
of her fingers—
hot, gilt, curious
and resurrecting.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 40, 41, 42, 43

DAYS 40, 41, 42, 43 (July 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2018)

LABORERS (fragments)

One day you’ll walk like her—
like a broken marionette.

A subtle distance in years
disjoints your limbs from hers.

It’s her pain you feel—
a malignant baton.

This terrible body—
at once so lovely and horrifying.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 37, 38, 39

DAYS 37, 38, 39 (July 18th, 19th, 20th 2018)

I’M LEFT ONLY WITH YOUR VESTIGE (fragement)

I’m left only with your vestige,
to roll you on my tongue
and taste your balmy vapor.

I may pluck your shade
from a scape subterranean
where you herded turn
in dull, susurrant circles.

Is that my hand outstretched
like a fishhook?
Are those my lips
like a lonely matron at a boarder’s door,
bending for the keyhole?


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 34, 35, 36

DAYS 34, 35, 36 (July 15th, 16th, 17th 2018)

THAT’S HER

Time won’t spoil her spirit
but crack the cocoon that is her body open.

Winds won’t break her wings
that have laughed and cried for flying.

She’ll not shrink from rake or plough
or rest beneath the harvest moon
but cast her wide-eyed net into
a sea of hope and longing.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Days 30, 31, 32, 33

DAYS 30, 31, 32, 33 (July 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 2018)

WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

What’s your name?
I’ll call you ‘mine’!
No friend but you with whom I’ll dance
upon the shallow graves.

But why dance here
among the long and restless dead?
Let’s frolic by the sea instead!

We’ll make our way
from moon and wood to sun and sea—
our passage born
winged and gilded upon the morn—
from path and sylvan canopy,
to harbor and forgotten quay.

Loose Argo’s lines, beloved mine!
Set sail upon the silver sea!
Upon her magic prow we’ll sing
to golden lyre an offering
to Pheobus’ fires for tailwinds strong—
prophetic wings we’ll race upon.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Day 29

DAY 29 (July 10th, 2018)

BETWEEN TWO DARK SEAS

between two dark seas—
the same dark sea—
soul waters flood a sinuous straight—
We cannot drown or
run aground
on jagged cliffs
or fathoms down.

I boasted once
and called myself navigator,
but verily bound—
the sextant round
plots eerily upright
by some spectral hand.


Novel X

Disclaimer: I’ve fallen quite behind! In order to catch up, I’m putting Novel X on hold and concentrating on poetry!

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, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!