Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In the groove

I'm in week one of my writing hiatus. No, I'm not taking a break from writing. I'm taking a break from pretty much everything so I can write. This is something I've wanted to do since I was about seven years old, but never made space for in my busy life. Or busied myself so much that when downtime came around, I was too exhausted to do anything but eat and sleep. Finally getting a chance to devote myself almost exclusively to writing for a few weeks is scary. And exciting.

There are a couple of projects on the table for the month of August. I've been asked to help co-write a film script in Portuguese; the potential backers want to see a completed draft by September. I'm also working on a poetry collection and some short stories. It's great to be back in the groove, playing with words, letting them take over and surprise me when I read over the pages a few hours later.

So, here's a poem I wrote (and am currently revising. Good poems must be nibbled at until they are pared down to perfection. But the first drafts are fun too!):

Be perfect
never leave a dirty dish in the sink
or let a complaint stain lips
that know only prayers and holy kisses
kick a stove and stub your toe
and really mean “Glory!”
instead of something more earthy and cathartic

Be perfect
honestly enjoy the company of the unwashed
turn the other cheek for a hearty beating
never get irritated, lose your temper
snap at a shopgirl or the clumsy waiter
cry over spilled wine
on your hair shirt.


LeAnne Hardy said...

Ooo. That hits us perfectionists where it hurts. May this writing time be both refreshing and productive.

--jenna said...

Thanks LeAnne! I love seeing your comments...