Spring is here?

I was part of a reading tonight.  I read a bit of memoir, and I think it went well.  People laughed when I hoped they might laugh, and — despite one spot where I could hear myself reading and thought, “Oh, this moment needed more or perhaps an entirely different writing.” —  I surprised myself by being surprisingly calm.  That is not to say I wasn’t nervous, but I didn’t feel the same physical disruption nervousness usually creates in me: light-headedness, upset stomach, jittery feet and hands … oh yes, I’m quite the spectacle when I read!  And I should have been nervous tonight.  I wrote my piece in the dark, pre-dawn hours of the morning and didn’t have any time today to practice it.  At least I had a skeleton to start from, the original sketch I’d made and filed away as something I didn’t know how to use.

For tonight’s Arun, I’m once again listening to rain outside my window, thinking of how wet and crazy-cold it was today, how long winter has held on, despite our desperate pleas for warmth.

Since I’ve Been Waiting

me she’s here
singing her blues.
She tells me to breathe
breathe in,
be still, wait.

She’s not ready
to play light, loving.
still cold,
flowers tight
still held in bud
await her warm kiss

 Is the skipped line a no-no?  I have a feeling it should be, but I’m feeling stubborn, so it stays.  Do I have to make up more rules for this form?  Why didn’t anyone tell me this from creation business could be a little like work?



An Arun is a 15-line poem with the syllable count 1/2/3/4/5 — 3x.  It may be a new thing in the world, made up by me last year.  “Arun” means “five” in Yoruba.


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