A message in my inbox this morning provided me with a title and a challenge to write a poem.
I have in fact written very little poetry this year and the idea of writing something to order is daunting.
Some pieces of writing come easily, others less so: the other day I had lunch with a friend and then came back and wrote a 500-word post for her company blog in about an hour; this post was started nearly eight hours ago and still doesn’t have even 100 words.
Poems may be short-form text, but the whole point is that although they require few words, they need the right words. The right words, in the right order, and nothing else.
Still, a challenge is a challenge, so I’ve spent much of the day reading, watching videos, listening to audio files and making notes. Now I’m going to let that all settle while I go listen to some local musicians and poets and then I’ll see what I come up with.
Incidentally, the photos were selected because of the tenuous association that they are bullrushes – surely that has something to do with speed? (Or the quality of writing?)