This poem was inspired by day 21 Jill’s “28 Days of Unreason” challenge. Thank you for sharing the quotations with all of us; it has been a lot of fun to write in response to them! Today’s quotation is, “Like many poets I’m part blackbird and part red squirrel and my brain chatters, shrieks, and whistles.” ~ Jim Harrison
I am part blackbird,
Singing in the dead of night,
And I am part raven,
Croaking nevermore’s dark blight.
I am part peregrine,
A pilgrim, flying south,
And I am part sparrow,
Sweet chirping fills my mouth.
I am part peacock,
With feathers as my fame,
And I am part phoenix,
Rising in a burst of flame.
Jill has provided even more excellent poetry fodder for this 16th day of the Songs of Unreason series. Today’s quote is:
“We walk the bottom of an ocean we call sky” ~ Jim Harrison
Limitless, this blue expanse,
Filled with fluffy boats
On which imagination sails —
We ride the clouds to
Dreams as we aim high,
In this ocean we call sky.
This was inspired by poems by Jill and Jane about the places where they usually write.
The corner seat on the comfortable brown couch,
Light from outside the window streaming in the morning,
Cup of coffee in a mug I love in front of me,
And some books beside: A space that welcomes writing.
This is my response to day 7 of Jill’s “Songs of Unreason” series. The inspiration comes from this quote:
“The only answer I’ve found is the moving water whose music is without a single lyric” ~ Jim Harrison
Moving water’s music is without a single lyric,
Yet it speaks eloquently in babbling,
It speaks of all humanity’s searching
For our source, and our perseverance, sticking
To the goal while stumbling over little pebbles —
Yes, there is moving water in all people.
Here is another poem inspired by Jill’s “Songs of Unreason” quotes challenge. Today’s was about how “human wildness…finds all barriers brutishly unbearable.” That got me thinking about how people, in general, want to be their true selves but build metaphorical walls out of fear of being rejected. This turned out better than expected!
Everyone I know
Connection — so
Why do barriers
Still preside, looming
Over our lives?
Hearts yearn to reside
In a special place,
Where barriers break,
So let us take
Risks, and time,
And shine our lights
Above and far beyond
May our words be
Nourishing trees of life.
May the broken barriers
Begin with mine.
This poem is a response to Jill’s idea to use quotes from a book as poetry prompts. Today’s was “vital updraft.” I ended up writing about deep breathing and used a haiku form to be extra Zen. It also helps that a haiku is only three lines, which made today’s challenge much easier.
I inhale, exhale,
Keeping calm, vital updraft:
Inhale, breathe in peace.