#1 - I woke up this morning thinking I must have missed my alarm. The time changed over the weekend and there was no way I was awake before it. But I looked, and, nope it was 6AM. Then before work I typed up a poem I might submit to a letter/poetry contest. I know I will submit something, not sure it will be this poem and often it's hard to create space for this type of thing. But it was before 7:30 AM and I could hardly believe it was already typed up.
#2 - I was feeling a little emotionally raw after sending the poem to a few people for comments/editing. I just wrote the poem yesterday so it's hard to have enough distance to have it analyzed. I went to Snatam Kaur's website and listened to her soothing/nourishing music all morning.
#3 - Two of the poets I asked about my submission replied. The first wrote "very sweet and beautiful. I like it a lot." The second wrote, "Thank you for sharing this with me. I really liked reading it. There is
no where to touch or fix. The image is so vivid and brilliant and there
is deep intimacy in your conversation."
#4 - I know this poem can be improved, which is I guess a nice problem to have, a supportive audience! I decided to send the first guy some specific questions. Actually I sent the poem to a co-worker and she didn't like it much. I don't know that asking her for suggestions would help though, she was kind of down on the entire theme. :)
#5 - One of the regulars were missing from my community ed exercise class tonight. It made a big difference. I didn't realize how much his enthusiasm added to the atmosphere of the class. Sometimes you don't notice something until it's gone. Next week I'm going to have to thank him.