Oct. 1st, 2010

cedarmyna: illustrated image of a white bird on a branch at night (Default)
to Nimue, if she should someday return to find me, which she won't

You thought you were tricking me,
but you had it backwards.
You thought you could flatter me
by calling me wise, but I know
all too well my wisdom is an illusion,
a misconception caused by always knowing what will be -

but (as I'm sure you know by now)
magic always comes with a price, and mine
was that while I always know what will happen
I have no idea what I've done.

But - I knew what you would do
if I let you
so I did. You see,
the thing about living backwards
is that one morning you wake up
with the fear you may have atoned for all your sins
before you committed any.

And now I am young but I am old and I am afraid, Nimue -
Do the gates of heaven open in reverse?
Would they let me enter
if I just kept walking as I always have,
putting one foot behind the other?
cedarmyna: illustrated image of a white bird on a branch at night (Default)
that i am trying an experiment where i write one poem every day for the next year. mostly to see if i have the willpower. it's a little bit like the 24-hour writing experiment, but in longform, and with more class (because it's poetry, natch).

to this end i have armed myself with this blog and a narrow japanese lacquer box-style paperblank notebook, chosen for several reasons (1. it fits in my purse and is therefore portable, 2. it is beautiful, 3. i have taught myself to write in paperblank journals without having a crisis about ruining something beautiful because my dream journals are paperblanks, 4. i have taught myself to write in paperblank journals on a regular basis [see no. 3]). i despise journals without sufficient width as a general rule, but necessity dictates that i put up with it in this case. perhaps it will encourage me to be concise.

i have also locked all of my non-project related journal entries. they're still there, but if you want to read them, you need to be on my access list. if you want to be on my list, just ask. mostly i'm just doing it this way so that the poetry isn't getting all mixed up with me complaining about work or worrying that i'm drinking too much coffee or whatever.

also, it should go without saying, but since it probably doesn't: all poetry (and other any writing, and hell any artwork i might post on a whim as well) in this blog, both already-written and yet-to-come, are copyright me. i'm pretty generous with my work and if you ask to use it for something, i'll almost certainly agree as long as you give me credit for it (i mean hell, it's not as if poetry makes any money anyway). but if you don't ask, i'll cry. and that will be on your conscience forever.

and now, gentle reader, brace yourself for a year of probably-rather-bad poetry.

February 2011

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