Friday, July 19, 2013

Poetry Friday -- Minimalist

photo by Mary Lee Hahn

Just a note before we head out for a day of fly fishing.

Read the poem for today. Remember those who are gone and love harder those who are still here with you.

Then read the 20 quotes about writing in the sidebar (not sure why they sometimes are there briefly and then disappear behind the to make them stay visible???) and pick the one that is your favorite for today. Mine is:

“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald
That's the way it felt to write my Summer Poem Swap poem this week with my brain a (somewhat murky) lake of back to school planning. When the poem finally came, it was like that delicious first gulp of air after you've been under for almost too long.
Happy Poetry Friday! Jone has the roundup today at Check it Out.


  1. Happy fly fishing, Mary Lee! I am not resigned either, to loss... yes to loving harder! I do know that first-gulp feeling, too. xo

  2. "When the poem finally came, it was like that delicious first gulp of air after you've been under for almost too long." -- love how vivid this is! The Edna St. Vincent Millay poem is perfect.

  3. Have a great day fishing!
    “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
    —Thomas Mann

  4. Hope it's a great weekend fishing, Mary Lee. I saw the poem this am-both bitter and sweet remembrance.

  5. How did I not know about this site, Mary Lee? Thank you. As for my favorite quote (I wanted to alter a few.)

    “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
    —E.L. Doctorow

  6. Anonymous8:34 PM

    Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of my favorite poets, but this poem breaks my heart; "I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground." The Doctorow quote that Cathy chose is the one I liked, too. It's hopefulness appealed to me.

  7. "I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned." So powerful! The quotes weren't in the sidebar when I looked... just some random programming code gobbledygook, but the poem alone is plenty for me to think about at 11:30 pm. Hope you had fun today!

  8. PS- your sky photo is gorgeous!

  9. I agree. The photograph of the sky looks beautiful. Wispy/whimsy. This is my favourite quote from the sidebar (thanks for the link).
    “Writing is my dharma.”
    —Raja Rao

  10. I didn't get to your post yesterday, so today the link brought me to an awesome poem by Wesley McNair, "The Longing of the Feet." It was easy enough, though, to find yesterday's, also awesome (but in a different way) poem.

    Here's part of a Joy Williams quote that I particularly like, "Nothing the writer can do is ever enough."


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