100 Day Project – Days 13 and 14

DAY 13 (May 23rd, 2017)

George Meredith
George Meredith

Dirge in Woods

A wind sways the pines,
     And below
Not a breath of wild air;
Still as the mosses that glow
On the flooring and over the lines
Of the roots here and there.
The pine-tree drops its dead;
They are quiet, as under the sea.
Overhead, overhead
Rushes life in a race,
As the clouds the clouds chase;
     And we go,
And we drop like the fruits of the tree,
     Even we,
     Even so.

My Commentary

In nature we find our tidings.
Find your lesson in the river’s tide.
The melting snows rush headlong for the sea,
past rock and fallen tree,
tumbling from the mountaintop.

You were once a word that fell like rain
from the lips of an Olympian god.

DAY 14 (May 24th, 2017)

George Meredith
George Meredith

Lucifer in Starlight

On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose.
Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend
Above the rolling ball in cloud part screened,
Where sinners hugged their spectre of repose.
Poor prey to his hot fit of pride were those.
And now upon his western wing he leaned,
Now his huge bulk o’er Afric’s sands careened,
Now the black planet shadowed Arctic snows.
Soaring through wider zones that pricked his scars
With memory of the old revolt from Awe,
He reached a middle height, and at the stars,
Which are the brain of heaven, he looked, and sank.
Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank,
The army of unalterable law.

My Commentary

The light from this copper-red moon—
This blood-drunk moon,
Penetrates your eyes—
Your terrible eyes,
And in them I see a rabid dog
Yellow at the tooth with violence and decay.

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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