Later ETA: I structured this poem during Friday’s Craft Night and posted it Saturday before I heard about the shootings in Arizona, so it’s unrelated to the incident though it seems timely to me. I’m holding the victims and their families in my heart and hoping for full recoveries of those injured.
Also, sometime after I went to bed in the middle of the night after finishing a draft of this, an elf sneaked into my office and added this to the board:
You can almost hear the “heh heh” “huh huh.”
From 1998 to 2004, I’d occasionally pull a handful of magnetic words from my silver poetry box or this refrigerator magnet game, and a few friends and I would each write poems using those words. We could use as many or as few of the words as we wanted, but we couldn’t add any words. I kept the poems in this journal; I don’t know how brilliant the poems are, but I do know that there are occasional word combinations that evoke vivid imagery or would make excellent titles for stories or songs.
In 2010, I wrote almost nothing beyond what’s in my LiveJournal. I did a lot of other creative things–designing, painting, sketching, sewing–but I’m a writer, and I miss putting words together, playing with them, creating with them.
Inspired by artist Gilbert Ruiz’s Draw365 and Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout Poetry, I’ve decided to pull words every day for a year and create a poem from them. Good, bad, boring–doesn’t matter. I just need to start using my writing cells again. And if you’ve a mind to, feel free to use the words I pull to create your own poems.
Photo Friday theme: Evil