100 Day Project – Days 99 and 100 (We’ve Made It!)

Well, I’ve come to the end of my first 100 day project! All in all, it’s been a success. I’ve written quite a bit of poetry … some good, some not so good, some that needs work, some that will go in the trash bin. That’s something! So, a toast!

Here’s to my first 100 day project, and to my next … soon to be announced!

DAY 99 (August 17th, 2017)

William Blake
William Blake

Love’s Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
    Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind doth move
    Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,
    I told her all my heart,
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears.
    Ah! she did depart!

Soon after she was gone from me,
    A traveller came by,
Silently, invisibly:
    He took her with a sigh.

DAY 100 (August 18th, 2017)

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

I had no time to hate because

I had no time to hate, because
The grave would hinder me,
And life was not so ample I
Could finish enmity.

Nor had I time to love, but since
Some industry must be,
The little toil of love, I thought,
Was large enough for me.

My Commentary

I’ve combined these two into a single poem


Come, my love
Let’s tarry by the flower bed,
and forget what we’ve done and said.

Rest your weary legs
upon this old park bench,
listen to birds caw
and insects saw,
and heal this wound,
after years scabbed over,
still raw.

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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