Day 01 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

Start Here, April 1, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

Start Here, April 1, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

Beginning the challenge of writing 30 poems in 30 days felt unversed. I sat down to write and it seemed the scope of the project weighed too heavy on me. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t feel. I was paralyzed with wanting to write a great poem. I typed through a few versions until I decided that the first poem of the challenge was supposed to be difficult and vulnerable to imperfections. So here is where is begins.

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One Response to Day 01 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

  1. Michiel Carlier says:

    P30X Day 1

    Thank you Stephanie for switching on your comment box and giving the start signal for me to comment on each one of your poems.
    Before I begin on your first poem ‘Start Here’, I would like to say two things. First, l would like to repeat myself by saying that without your poem, there isn’t anything for me to have ideas about.You collected all the raw material that I will have my thoughts about, and so you did the hardest and most daring job.
    Second, I noticed when reading your poems I get the feeling that I am reading the lyrics of a song. In fact, many of your poems read and sound like music to me. Actually, it’s remarkable how well some of your poems go along with pieces of music.
    So when this thought applies to your poem, I will insert a link to the piece of music that it goes together with in my idea.

    Start Here starts with what I think are two antagonists; the experience of being in civilization on the one hand and the experience of being in nature on the other. You say how you would have preferred to have been in nature when you started something. I think that you refer to starting the creative journey of writing thirty poems, but you leave that open. I like how you do that, because it shows how the experience of being in nature could be preferred over civilization when it comes to many processes.
    Being in nature confronts us with the thought that what keeps our thoughts busy is in fact taking an unimportant place in the cosmic order and becomes very tiny compared to the eternity of the landscape we are in. Any feelings of inferiority we might have will be displaced by becoming aware of the immensity in which our lives are unfolded. Because of the untamable forces that are so much bigger and more impressive than we ourselves, we are much sooner prepared to let go of any insignificant thought or feeling. I think you realize the effectiveness of the endless horizon and the ancient hills, for becoming ‘above the pain above the needs’, since you’ve been experiencing just that when you were in nature. And that is what you seek again, and you are so right to do so. When you search for a way to open up your mind, for allowing your mind to follow it’s natural creative flow, it is your instinct to go into nature and get the feeling of becoming one with it, so your skin feels like it is the leaves and twigs and your feet the wind.
    When you describe nature, you say that it is the place where the ground is hard for sleep or muddy for walking. Here, I think you show how nature saves us from our annoyances as time goes by, not because of any sign of compassion but precisely because of her absolute indifference. The clouds that roll by will keep on going by, without taking a moment to listen to any of our feelings. Nothing and no-one seems to mind any of that: not the birds flying by, not the trees, not the sun, not the fox that crosses the road. Nature’s indifference is precisely why we see that the thoughts we have on walking through the mud, where we would have liked it better to walk on a grassy field, are so small in the grand cosmic order that they fall away. Our thoughts become negligible compared to the vastness of the universe. If our shoulders and hips are hurting because of the hard surface we sleep on, or because of the weight we carry in our backpacks, we can see how our uncomfortable feelings have no importance whatsoever and can become smaller and smaller. When we become mindful of the majestic world and universe in which we live in, our mind pays less attention to our own little thoughts and feelings and pains. A great start to begin with if you ask me.

    In my opinion, ‘Start Here’ goes very well with a piece by Philip Glass, called ‘The Hours’. If you like to hear it you can click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpTaACZxoc4

    Michiel