Push comes to shove

AKA, the moment of truth.

Tonight I took a so-so photo and wrote a mediocre poem. I could delete them, but, no. I’m going to put them on the blog as part of my experiment to post something creative everyday. Or at least the results of my creative endeavors. Even if I never go back to this poem I have proof that I did something today.

Plus, I’m inspired by Chuck Close:

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

Image

I’ve learned to say what I mean
to speak plainly
let the words be themselves

I’ve learned to say, dogs are wonderful
if it’s dogs i’m talking about
dogs can just be dogs
they don’t have to stand for something else

I don’t have to stand for something else

A morning of cool air and sun and light traffic
a wide sidewalk with sun coming through the trees,
shining on the houses opposite
the dog walks beside me
a car backs out of a driveway
the dog stops
she looks at me
we wait

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