Day 21 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

History of Enough, April 21, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

History of Enough, April 21, 2016, 30 Poems in 30 Days

History of Enough, April 21, 2016
In the History of Enough, I was thinking of the word itself. In all of its contexts, it seemed to have a finite meaning; In terms of movement, it is a word that implies a stop after a series of actions.

In creating a poem that is an ode to its concept, I traced the etymology of the word letting each word either grow or reduce into the next until it comes to the modern word of enough.

What started the focus on enough was a mix of the phrase, “enough is enough” and the idea of something being enough as in not needing to be more. With those thoughts, the word flowing until it stopped was just as it is defined, enough.

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One Response to Day 21 :: 30 Poems in 30 Days April 2016

  1. Michiel Carlier says:

    P30X Day 21

    With your twenty first poem, I think you wrote a poem that stands very close to who you are. You are able to combine depth with unsurpassed originality, elegance and humor. Your poem clearly reflects this aspect of you.
    After just watching your poem without reading it, my brain realizes there is another level to it: it tells me something. When I consider rationally and objectively what I’m looking at, symbols of black inc in a certain configuration on a blanc piece of paper, they form words that can be interpreted. And somehow my mind doesn’t hold that thought for long, because being just halfway through figuring out what it says, I am distracted away from its content and back to how it looks and feels. Very soon, my brain will tell my eyes to look at its form and will tell my ears to listen to its sound without hearing. And with my brain satisfied, just by watching and listening, it no longer feels the need for being rational. This again makes your poem identical to being in your vicinity.
    For you it must be hard. While modestly talking to them like you do, you realize that people didn’t listen to you. They have already been distracted by your brilliance. I think that is why you created this poem, because it will experience the same.
    My brain is content by knowing that what it’s looking at is something pure. It’s true what they say about how the creation reflects the hand of the creator: your poem is ridiculously beautiful.

    You have probably typed it out only once. Once was enough. If I would have typed something like this, I would be so happy with the result that I’d probably repeat it over and over using other words every time. Knowing you – and I happen to already know this by now – you’ll probably create a completely different poem tomorrow.

    Looking back at what you made so far for this years Poetry Month, twenty one poems in total, every single one of different form and of different object of interest. It is likely that you’ll continue to do so. But for today, Stephanie, your ‘History Of Enough’ is a triumph of the history of creating poetry.


    ‘To the Sky’ by Dirk Maassen would be inappropriate piece of music to go with today’s poem.