100 Day Project – Days 65 and 66

DAY 65 (July 14th, 2017)

Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg

Under the Harvest Moon

Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.

Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.

DAY 66 (July 15th, 2017)

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

To see the Summer Sky

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
True Poems flee—

My Commentary

I’ve combined these two into a single poem


Cherish the long, warm days
when you can walk unencumbered in the open air
and listen to little girls
play in the fountain where Aphrodite was born.

Impossible, impassable winter looms
when the water freezes
and the women stay home.

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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