Day 18 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

Waking Poem, April 18, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

Waking Poem, April 18, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

Waking Poem, April 18, 2016
Today’s poem has taken a new direction from all the struggle and seriousness. I remembered my philosophy on trying and it is: “Don’t Try.” In not trying, I am doing or being and that is so much more true than trying. That is not to say that I do not believe in practice and conditioning because I do but in the moment of, I find that when I try to do or be – that I often fall short. However, when I stop trying, and do or be, it can be lovely.

In today’s poem, in the not trying, I also remembered that my default of thinking and speaking is very poetic. Its not because I try, it is just who I am. It was never something that I noticed or recognized about myself until I began to hear it over and over from my friends and acquaintances. They would often make comments of how poetically I spoke. I’m glad for every one that ever mentioned it as it served as an encouragement and I appreciate their support.

So in the poem, I woke from a nap and these thoughts went through my mind. I recognized a certain rhythm to them and thought they were nice. I think I should also mention that I am not one to take naps often but when I get up at 3:00am it is just the right thing to do.

Also, I enjoy writing quirky poems. This gets weighted down with life’s stresses sometimes but its nice to remember. Thank you for reading today’s poem and hope you enjoy.

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One Response to Day 18 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

  1. Michiel Carlier says:

    P30X Day 18

    Quirky you say? Yes, I think so too. I can see why you like to add a little bit of strange to your poems…
    Your eighteenth poem, almost square by form, it reads offbeat in my ears and feels unconventional and original. And the best part of it is, it makes me laugh.

    It is very understandable why you took a nap, you got up at 3:00 am!

    There is a lot to say about your Waking poem. First off, I think it is wonderful how you choose another abstract object for your poem, the emotion of being startled. I think you succeeded very well in writing a poem that we recognize ourselves in, and that is about an emotion.

    I think we all have to agree that the way in which we look at ourselves is very strict most of the time. We seem to be inclined towards beating ourselves down emotionally. The mildness seems to be getting the shorter end of the stick, but I think it is a good idea for us to be mild towards ourselves more often.
    What Waking poem does as well, is show the transition from strict to lenient. The capital letters add to the stringency, and the transition from uppercase to lowercase and vice versa shows the emotional movement.
    I love how in those five short lines, you move on an emotional scale all the way from ’left’ to ‘right’ and back again. And I like how this poem has mildness at the end, a happy end.

    My compliments for your Waking Poem Stephanie. May it be a guide towards emotional balance.

    Looking for a song that would suit your poem, I found something to underline my message of mildness. I am happy to have found this lovely song called ’Time Spent’. And I like how it fits the words of your poem.