Day Off

 

I’m lying on the couch
with this book all day.
That’s final.
Outside, the fall-poised
dance of trees
fans and scolds.
Sunlight comes in at
a pleasant, southerly slant,
warming an empty armchair
and completely missing me.
Good gardening weather, I think,
and turn the page.

 

Mitzi Miles-Kubota

 

WRITING PROMPT:

What would you do if you had a whole day off?

 

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How To Be a Poet

i

 

Make a place to sit down.

Sit down. Be quiet.

You must depend upon

affection, reading, knowledge,

skill—more of each

than you have—inspiration,

work, growing older, patience,

for patience joins time

to eternity. Any readers

who like your poems,

doubt their judgment.

 

ii

 

Breathe with unconditional breath

the unconditioned air.

Shun electric wire.

Communicate slowly. Live

a three-dimensioned life;

stay away from screens.

Stay away from anything

that obscures the place it is in.

There are no unsacred places;

there are only sacred places

and desecrated places.

 

iii

 

Accept what comes from silence.

Make the best you can of it.

Of the little words that come

out of the silence, like prayers

prayed back to the one who prays,

make a poem that does not disturb

the silence from which it came.

 

Wendell Berry

 

Writing Prompts:

  1. Where are your sacred places? Do you ever visit or come upon desecrated places?
  2. Did you make a place to sit down before you wrote? Were you silent first?
  3. Do-over’s are allowed.

 

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The House of Belonging

 

This is the bright home
in which I live,
this is where
I ask
my friends
to come,
this is where I want
to love all the things
it has taken me so long
to learn to love.

This is the temple
of my adult aloneness
and I belong
to that aloneness
as I belong to my life.

There is no house
like the house of belonging.

David Whyte

 

Writing Prompt:

Write a poem describing some of the characteristics of your own House of Belonging. What is it that you really belong to?

 

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A Spiral Notebook

The bright wire rolls like a porpoise
in and out of the calm blue sea
of the cover, or perhaps like a sleeper
twisting in and out of his dreams,
for it could hold a record of dreams
if you wanted to buy it for that
though it seems to be meant for
more serious work, with its
college-ruled lines and its cover
that states in emphatic white letters,
5 SUBJECT NOTEBOOK. It seems
a part of growing old is no longer
to have five subjects, each
demanding an equal share of attention,
set apart by brown cardboard dividers,
but instead to stand in a drugstore
and hang on to one subject
a little too long, like this notebook
you weigh in your hands, passing
your fingers over its surfaces
as if it were some kind of wonder.

 

Ted Kooser

 

Writing Prompts:

  1. Do you ever ponder and perhaps handle the notebooks you come across in grocery, stationary, office supply, or other stores? What kind of thoughts do you have about them?
  2. What kind of notebook are you currently using? Why did you choose that one?
  3. Have you used other kinds of notebooks in the past for other than school assignments? What kinds?

 

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