Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My Window ...

The pristine page

is a window

through which

I view the world

with my imperfect

vision, attempting

to make sense

of what I see,

while the world,

at least a small

portion of it,

stares back, trying,

equally, to see

whats up with me.

© 2000

(originally published in PKA's Advocate)

I write a lot about writing. Don't get me wrong ... I'm no expert. I am intrigued by the process, the way ideas come creeping up, the shape-shifting of words and phrases, the way poems are born.

I write essentially for myself, expressing my feelings, my thoughts, my dreams, in the hope that I might understand them better. Still, much of the process remains a mystery to me. I am intrigued, entranced sometimes, by that process.

And I share. What I've written is always shared with Phyllis, who has sat through so many first readings, who has given me so much encouragement, that I shall never be able to repay her. I share some of what I've written with poetry groups.

I share when I give public readings. I share by way of this journal and through a weekly e-mailed newsletter. I share when an editor discovers something I've written, likes it, publishes it.

Oh, I share.

And I depend on the listener or reader to share reactions with me. I really do. I value these reactions, because they provide a measure of whether I have truly hit the mark with what I have written.

They tell me much about what I have written, of course, but their reactions also tell me something about the listener or reader ... the poem becomes that window through which we view each other.

Thank you for looking in while I continue looking out.


Today's word: pristine

Afterthoughts ... in response to your comments:

Thank you, Magran, for those kind words. I admire your ability to say a lot with few words, the mark of an experienced writer. Best wishes to you in your own writing.

Thank you so much, Marlene, for those words of high praise. Oh, if I could live up to them! I keep trying, and trying, and trying, as all writers do, I believe. I'm glad you hear music in some of the words I've put to paper, and then here. Remember, though, that I believe much ... very much ... depends on what the reader brings to the poem. Blessings to you, too.