Here’s a quick poem I wrote last October that seems appropriate for a Halloween night:
creeps the night
now early creeps the night
things shadowed on drape
when deafness pretends to dance, cavort, strut
the loss of brink
an exciting surge of crackle
flashes the display of light
i fall with blush
of red and gold
a mother’s shriek
an artist’s filigree
and now i sleep
The reason I am posting a poem that I wrote a year ago is that I am saving my creative energy for November. In past years I worked on a novel and a set of short stories for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during November. I loved the discipline of forcing myself to write every day no matter what.
This year I’ve decided to skip the fiction writing and focus on my art and poetry instead. Starting tomorrow, November 1st, I plan to create art AND write a poem every day for 30 days. Yup, you read it right. I plan to do both every day. But I am not seeking perfection in either.
I wish to keep up the creative momentum of the past months with my art. I’m in a learning mode and I wish to continue that into 2015. The art I plan to produce could entail painting, art journaling, creating artist trading cards, making Christmas gifts, gelli-printing, doodling, whatever. I just want to do something artsy every day.
I’ve been in a real slump with my poetry the last two years. In 2010 I wrote more than 500 poems. At the very least I normally write at least one poem each month. But in the last two years I’ve hit some kind of brick wall with my poetry. I tell myself that my Muse is on vacation . . . but a two-year vacation? It’s time for her to sit and write. I’ll worry about the editing. Sometimes creating is WORK and that’s what I expect November to be as far as my poetry. If I come away with 30 poems, no matter how good, I’ll be satisfied.
Tonight I’ll get a good night’s sleep and tomorrow I’ll create. I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!