Monday Meditation

While I am busy editting and tweaking I have prepared some Poetry Dailies in advance for those of you who savour a little poem a day. The quotation poem format is one I return to again and again. It’s a great mental stretch. Over time I have found that it lends itself to ten syllable line. Sometimes I can manage an a-b-a-b-a rhyme scheme. I have started to collect lines that beguile me. And then I begin to stitch them together sometimes in a mash up. The quotation poem, for those who are new to the form goes thus:

  • Line 1 is a direct quotation
  • Line 2 is refers to something in the past
  • Line 3 is an action
  • Line 4 wraps up the theme in a bowed parcel
  • Line 5 is about the future.

This poetry meditation is a mash up of lines culled from various quotations found in the marvelous Maria Popova blog Brainpickings, specifically this post Not only might you learn how to be a poet, the blog will give you plenty of intellectual fodder to chew on your creativity cud.

The opening quote is a President John F. Kennedy comment on poet Robert Frost, who read a poem at his inauguration (oh, weren’t those the days!). Elizabeth Bishop gets a sly line in and then Wendell Berry (read his poem “How to Be A Poet” online in that blog I have referenced above) gets chawed over in the final line.

Poetry Is


It is a blustery bank holiday Monday here in Ireland. After a long dry spell, we have had rain and periods of alternating chilliness and warm, sticky  intervals.  My husband was up early and out in the garden working before the first downpour. And really, all I want to write this morning is a little haiku. It is a new moon today in that most communicative of signs, Gemini. But somehow, this morning, less is more in the words department. 

What I heard through the window

A bee’s humming in the garden

No! My husband working


I read it aloud to him when he came in and he is all smiley and pleased looking. He wants it as a meme. Or illustrated. Or hung up in a frame.

Make that your #MondayMotivation.