Bits and Pieces

I continue to unpack and continue to find things I’ve been missing. It’s interesting, rediscovering tiny bits of myself in one box or another. There are still a handful of items I haven’t unboxed and not many boxes left to open. That worries me, even though it seems impossible that those items could have been lost in the move. We’ll see what the last of the boxes reveal.

The source text for tonight is Lucille Clifton’s poem, “far memory.”

I have, finally, at long last come
here, come to
relax. No longer a need to wrestle
with sadness, with pain, with
the dream of you,
with that dream     of you     again.

National Poetry Month 2021: the Golden Shovel

As I’ve done for the last forever, I’ve chosen a poetic form, and I’m going to try to write a poem in that form every day for the month of April. I don’t always succeed, but I always give it my best shot. The “Golden Shovel” was created by Terrance Hayes in tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks. I learned about it from my friend Sonia (aka Red Emma). I’ll be using Lucille Clifton’s poems as my starting point this month. Here are the rules:

  • Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire.
  • Use each word in the line (or lines) as the end word for each line in your poem.
  • Keep the end words in order.
  • Give credit to the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines).
  • The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words.

If you pull a line with six words, your poem would be six lines long. If you pull a stanza with 24 words, your poem would be 24 lines long. And so on.

Should be interesting!

3 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces

  1. Lainie Levin

    Boxes hold so much. THINGS hold so much. And being able, for once, to put the weight of that to the side, to relax – it does release a burden. And that last line, drawn out…to me, it speaks with a sigh of relief.


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