Keep Moving Forward …

Whew. A long day full of bad choices. Best to post quickly and move on. Here’s hoping tomorrow is better. No … more necessary: here’s promising myself that tomorrow will be better. Sigh.

The source text for tonight’s poem is Lucille Clifton’s “wild blessings,” which is such an excellent title, and such an excellent piece.


We stand together, you and I.
Who you are, who I am
for all of it, I'm grateful.
I have given so much for
this chance, this time -- many
compromises yielding many blessings.

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!

2 thoughts on “Keep Moving Forward …

  1. I really like this. It reads as a part of personalized wedding (renewed?) vows or a celebratory toast. Here’s to the most sunny morning greeting you with a better day.


  2. Lainie Levin

    This is so sweet and simple. And beautiful. Here is hoping that your sigh at the end of the next day is a satisfied one.


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