Day 12 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

Ed Ad, April 12, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

Ed Ad, April 12, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

Ed Ad, April 12, 2016
I sat at the park, with beautiful phrases going through my mind but nothing was uniting. A feeling came over me to leave the typewriter for a moment, to go and walk by the water. As I did, the string of thoughts followed each other. I stayed in the trees trusting that the words would not leave me as they were still coming. I came to a section of the trees where I knew it was time to return to the typewriter. The poem came together and there is a part that I really appreciate. I like the way the words trickle down to ‘the road end’ which is actually the beginning to climb the hill.

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One Response to Day 12 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

  1. Michiel Carlier says:

    P30X Day 12

    Your twelfth poem is just what I like; it has a nice flow, it is about hiking, and it has a high hippy ratio; it has feathers in your hair, colorful and cheerful and is very inspiring for me. I wish you could show a picture of yourself from then.
    In your poems you find a nice balance between acting and doing on the one hand – in the form of walking and writing – and on the other hand examination and thinking ideas and emotions. Your Ed Ad seems to be more of a doing poem, just feel, experience nature, walk and climb hills. I really like that. Whenever you go into nature your poems seem to flow very well. It is your retreat into nature that makes your poems flow. And today in my P30X idea, I set out to find out why that happens.

    You explain in your journal that you haven’t been in your studio, but you went into nature to be in touch with nature again to have the right environment for creating. You write about animal tracks and your own footprints. It could mean that you wanted to compare the animal tracks to your own tracks to sort of estimate your level of being re-connected to nature. In other words, look at your own ‘animal tracks’.
    Another reason I think is of a different sort. Whenever something you make or do has a high risk that you can hurt your hands easily, or burn them or cut them easily, you put on gloves to protect your hands. Working with gloves is a good idea then, but as soon as you want to pick up something small like a little screw, you have to take off your thick leather glove. I think, Stephanie, your mind was wearing imaginative gloves when you started your poetry writing. And as soon as you realized that the ‘fine’ writing of your poetry required you to take off your mind’s gloves, you had to find a way to do that. I think your poem Ed Ad is about this process of going into nature to have a place where you can put your mental gloves aside for a while.

    Following this idea, I think it would have greatly helped if you had put off your shoes and had walked barefoot, to further this process of the mind. When you hike a trail you get to see it, and smell it and hear it. When you take off your shoes, you also get to feel it. I don’t know if you did, but there is a lot to say for walking barefoot, and of course also some downsides. Let’s look at some aspects I’ve learned from hearing or reading or have personally experienced. I find it really comfortable to hike barefoot actually. Once you get used to it, it gives you a whole new sense of connection with the trail. I grew up running around with shoes on, so for me it was a big change to walk barefoot on the trail for a while. And I asked myself if I could do it with a full pack.
    From what I hear from other hikers – some completed the AT barefoot – is that it’s a really interesting way of being in touch with nature. Hiking barefoot is a great pleasure. For the first week or so it is kinda tough, but once you get used to it, once your feet toughen up, and once you learn how to place them and how to avoid stepping on sharp things, it just becomes really natural and comfortable. And your feet have actually less problems in general than hikers who go in shoes. You never have smelly feet, which is hard to believe and really great. They say to not worry about the milage in the beginning. You’ll be working in your feet and your body. A twenty mile day will take more out of you mentally, because you have to concentrate on every footstep, scan the trail on anything nasty to step on, like broken glass. It becomes a second nature, but it really takes an effort. Like meditation.
    If it rains, it’s alright to walk barefoot. The feeling of the mud you walk through with your feet is great. You still have the traction, you still have the feeling of the trail. Your skin becomes soft, but that will toughen up again on a sunny day. Jumping barefoot from rocktop to rocktop is wonderful. There supposedly is this great thing that happens when you’ve been hiking barefoot for a while. Your feet wake up in the morning and there is this period between two and ten minutes where there is this incredible feeling sensation. Your feet, they realize what’s out there and to be getting in touch with the earth again and they feel intensely pleasurable.
    The issue of calluses that crack is something you have to consider. Hot road walks are hard on the calluses, and walking in the rain. You walk through puddles all day, your feet are getting wet and dry and wet again all day, and then the calluses will crack. For this, hikers carry a mixture of beeswax and olive oil in a travel size Nivea tin. On its own, beeswax doesn’t have any moisturizing power. Instead, it acts as a waterproof barrier, like petroleum jelly, to protect from outside elements and prevent moisture in the skin from evaporating. That’s a good thing for keeping your calluses from cracking, or lips from chapping in cold wind or shielding a small scrape from germs, but it’s not so good if your body is trying to get rid of stuff. Sweating underneath a thick beeswax barrier is like a bio-dome for bacteria. But very small amounts can be added to lotion. Olive oil keeps your skin smooth and soft. Melt the beeswax, olive oil, and some shea butter together. If using a stovetop, put it in a double boiler to keep it from scorching. That you put on your feet at night, and than it soaks in and keeps them flexible. Of course, any oils can be added to your liking, such as lavender. It is antibacterial and slightly analgesic, which means the balm is also great for scrapes and burns, insect bites, rashes, and cold sores. Plus, its pleasant floral scent purportedly reduces anxiety. The recipe would be as follows: 1 1/2 teaspoon beeswax, grated, 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoon shea butter, 10 drops lavender essential oil.
    It is a decent idea to walk barefoot where possible, and the dayhikes that you do are great to start off with. Your arches become really muscular. They support themselves if you don’t wear shoes. The arch support problems are from tying your feet down to a board all day, basically. Your arches and your ankles will be in great shape, and your knees will benefit greatly as well.
    Lastly, there is the aspect that you are earthed when you walk barefoot. I am glad that you will soon experience and learn more about what it means to be earthed. Don’t start on asphalt or gravel, but start off with trails that have pine needles or soft leaves.

    I think back of that feeling of removing my thick gloves after a long time of wearing them. All of a sudden I take them off, and my hands feel very light again. I feel the wind, and all the little things that I touch with my fingers. To write poetry, I think it was a good idea of you to to that, so you could see all the little things around you again and be a better observer, and feel different in general, feel lighter. ‘But the feathers in my hair had lifted my prints’ I love this line, and I think this line can be interpreted so that the feathers in your hair lifted your body, so there was almost no impact from your feet on the ground. Being surrounded by nature you felt good, you felt you were lifted from any insignificant thought or feeling, lifted ‘above the pain above the needs’, and become a better observer and move lighter through nature.

    Your poem and your feather made me choose this song to go along with it. Dustin O’Halloran’s Opus # 18
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2pxJ5FmUOc

    Michiel