Sunday, October 14, 2007

Monday Poetry Train #21

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Bud Wise
by Joy Renee

A bloom in the womb is a poem curled
Tight around the pistil of its power.
Does a lily take thought of
The process of its being?
Does a rose not repose in that
Ball of its becoming?
Then let your story incubate
Enfolded in its dreaming,
Until the moment of its glory when
Unfurling reveals its flower.


I'm posting this poem in honor of the first day of the second round of 70 Days of Sweat to remind myself of the lesson, hard won and once known well enough to have composed this poem, that forcing things or fretting yourself into a tizzy when a story seems to fizzle out or just get too jumbled and unfocused is counter-productive. Trust the process and let the story, like a bud, keep some of its secrets for a time. And remember that trust is reciprocal.

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