what leafing follows
like a river from your roots?
were you made (inevitable,
complete) or do you knit yourself
from the inside out, glorious
short-flowered, incandescent
with doubt?

what light-shine sun into muddled heart?
how to grow, how to know, where to direct
this heat and soul, your doubt-seed
flowered into hard, black fruit
bitter and somehow

I wanted to do something a little different for this year’s National Poetry Month, so I made myself a journal called Yes Words to doodle some inspiration.


9 thoughts on “Grow-how”

  1. So you can draw, too?? Ugh.

    I love this idea. Some months ago, I moved away from my computer and started keeping my daily poetry efforts in a journal again. The change of format has shifted a lot of things for me — a lot in where I write, how the writing feels, how I edit, how I think through the poem, how the poems connect or don’t from day to day.

    Good luck with this new method. We all need to start anew, over and over. And this month of focus is a great reminder to do just that.

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    1. Ha, it is generous of you to call it drawing. Yes, exactly–the change of format is simple but huge. You put it so beautifully. When I started this journal at the end of last month, I told myself it was a way to not have to write poems, just let the words spill and hang out. Now some poems are finding me again. πŸ™‚


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