Linda G. Hill’s “stream of consciousness Saturday” (SoCS) is about art. There is supposed to be very little planning or editing, so here goes.
I hated art museums but had to go to one for a college class when I was a freshman. Wandering through the hallways, trying to find some pieces to write a reflection on, I wandered into the religious art section. Some paintings, such as one of David slaying Goliath, portrayed familiar stories, but as I was not a Christian or any sort of religion at the time, most of the depictions were foreign to me. Still, one painting spoke to me, beyond what I ever expected: Saint Cecelia by Guido Reni captivated me, and I could barely pull myself away. After several minutes, some friends and I moved on, but I made sure to visit the painting again before leaving, and I bought a print from the gift shop and framed it. About seven years later, it remains displayed in my room.
I wrote a poem about this painting a while ago. Work of Art
For DVerse’s Open Link Night, the first of the new year. I wrote this about 2 weeks ago and am also posting it to Real Toads. The prompt has to do with creating a better world.
To be free we must speak,
More than the silence.
To be free we must speak
Louder than the voices
Which call for maddening violence,
To be free we must speak
Kindness, love others
Peace shall be our recompense.
DVerse is back with a haibun Monday about January! Also linked to Forgiving Fridays.
A few years ago, I wrote a poem to January and called him a “two-faced bastard.” Now here he is again. It seems like I cannot escape the gray days, even though it is sunny outside. I’m still working on accepting every season, forgiving life for not always shining beautifully. Sometimes there is nothing I can do. How can Janus change his face?
Chilly winter wind
For JusJoJan day 3, hosted by Linda G. Hill. We are to write about our blog: why we started and how it has changed our life.
It took a long time for me to start a blog, over a year after my friends first started encouraging me to share my poetry. Finally I did, after sharing a poem with some friends I met while I was very sick with an eating disorder. Hence the name Revived Writer, since I was literally given a second or third chance at life. Writing this blog has made my life richer, too, and helped me to respect my own point of view. It has enabled me to find my voice, which was silenced by the eating disorder. I greatly enjoy trying new forms, responding to prompts, and reading the poems of others. The DVerse community has been great! I hope that Revived Writer can be here for many more years, continuing to grow as a poet and as a person.
This was inspired by the haikai prompt for this week, about Election Day or democracy.
Tired of donkeys
And elephants, we need more
Party animals —
Fighting between red and blue
I wish we could mix purple
For Frank J. Tassone’s weekly haikai prompt. We are exploring the hunter’s moon, which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon. I was also inspired by Greek mythology.
Moon of Artemis:
Shine light on all artifice
And live with wisdom —
Harvest has already passed,
Heart is a lonely hunter.