Hi Toads and Friends:
I'm Mary with another Mary's Mix Bag Friday. You don't know how much I look forward to thinking of a prompt that I hope inspires many of you. This week I hope you will be inspired by "the ordinary."
A poet I enjoy is Stuart Dischell. I have his book Dig Safe. It is one I often reread. I love his work He can turn the most ordinary happenings into poetry. Good poetry! He really is so down to earth!
One of his poems is "Thin Song of the Leaky Faucet." It is too long to share here. He writes it in short lines that cover two-and-a-half pages. (This poem is not linked anywhere online, or I would share that way.) Here is the beginning of this poem:
Thin Song of the Leaky Faucet
Drop by drop
Or drip by drip
Each drip or drop
In the open rain
Sounds the note
That cannot hold
Back, builds up
On the otherwise
As I read this poem, I can really experience this and actually HEAR the dripping in my mind. I can also identify, as I have had a dripping faucet that has driven me crazy!
Another Dischell poem about a very ordinary experience is "As I Dispose of an Old Encyclopedia." I find myself wondering how many people even have encyclopedias anymore. ( I do remember having disposed of mine as well!)
In this poem Dischell wrote his thoughts as he was getting rid of this outdated reference. I will share a few lines:
As I Dispose of An Old Encyclopedia
I think of the territories
With their changed names
Like some married women,
Aliases of politics and faith,
The sinuous borders that keep
Cartographers in business,
Appellations of deposed monarchs
or gods no longer relevant
All right, this is what I would like to do. Think about some of the ordinary tasks, items, aspects, annoyances, joys, etc. of your life. Write about one of them.
I will mention a few ideas that may trigger your muse: A squeaking door, peeling carrots, internet access frustrations, misplacing your wallet, a power outage, running out of gas, a friend's visit, brewing coffee, going to the grocery store and forgetting to buy one of the things you needed, deciding to part with a pair of shoes you always loved, realizing that you threw away or lost something important to you.
I look forward to reading about something ordinary in your life. Sometimes the ordinary can inspire the most extraordinary poetry. Please write and link a new poem written specifically for this challenge rather than pulling one out from the past writings, and visit and comment on as many poems of others as possible.