Day 2: Flight Risk. Poem

Should I leave for Algiers then?

On the 2 O’clock train                 he’ll watch your reluctance

recede in rust hues, Doppler fade.

 

Or will you come?

Yes you should go, but           (how to tell you…)

I must stay      to                     (choose a lie).

I love my whiskey

and women complex

to look back with both in hand.

 

                                   She presses the flower

                                   in the leaves of fine linen

                                   makes a point to never look back.

taralinda  2018

Prompt NaPoWriMo,

Day 1: April and Poetry~ NaPoWriMo / National Poetry Month

Here is one thing
I always think
but never say aloud…

Haha!  If you’ve been a visitor to this blog during past years and April months, you’ll know that I love poetry and this whole April movement toward poetry worldwide. You’ll also know that I mix up prompts from NaPoWriMo, and my own Muses and inspirations.

There is much travel and recording, work projects this month, but No Excuses!!!  Haha!  Seriously, since poetry is Art, and my goal is to LIVE my art in all ways possible (music, poetry, creating with my hands…), presenting a little bit here shouldn’t be so difficult. Right?!  But the truth is, it’s that evil perfectionist that stifles my presentation on this blog- via editing. I write daily, several times so in my journals (would DIE if I couldn’t write). But it’s that ‘polish the draft’ thingy that stifles my posting! Luckily, as I alluded to with the previous post on Rauschenberg’s art, I am suddenly wildly inspired by the messy art journal crowd of late, and have a board started here on Pinterest to celebrate a particular version of poetry journals; where journaling and poetry meet visual art: the visual poetry journal.

And So I will be trying a little harder this month, to leave my critic in the dust, to post as habit, my first and second drafts. I truly appreciate the momentum of this poetry community, and would love to hear on this post- How do You get past your critic to post early drafts, often?  The link provided by NaPoWriMo on Fifteen Poets on Revision is insightful.

Here we Go!!  Happy Writing everyone!

When Forgiveness Was a Stage

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Oh we don’t go to church anymore
made her realize, how much she missed
that, his belief, casting bygones          gone, when
forgiven was a stage everyone got to walk       across,
acting lead parts.

Grace.
Easier times, with enough space to wonder aloud,
wander through, no one jumping to bets why,
only questions, and time enough       to say, everyone
waiting for reasons, everyone waiting for you to say
your lines.

Vs.ii © Tara Linda 4/19/17

Green Absent Black

Sticky green, lush
spirals on woody stems
that barely move
in the coast winds.

We called them black
for the pods, the way
they cast seeds
dirt imprinting stone
dark with dust.

I swallow silence, taste the tea
as you hand me fresh cuttings.
And all this time
I thought the leaves oozed
shadowed things, absence.

Great grandmother knew well
you say, moving memories from
fingers to apron in sage stains.
The bees know too.

Tara Linda © 2017

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Unsuspecting April

A sunflower maddened with light
Sheds the seeds of poems.
-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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It always happens like this, standing on Columbus
somewhere near Jackson, Bay winds press me to find
the words to keep you walking, unsuspecting April,
with a saunter past City Lights.

With the sun setting, shadowed winds channel up alleys
of glass windows, and slice through our ambling. I pipe up
how ‘bout a book…? which sends your eyes glazing into freefall
with how ‘bout-a-nap?, Washington park, and then
I’m kinda thirsty, refreshing words not heard since

Columbus last October. And because you don’t read poetry
and I don’t drink beer, we slip into familiar Specs where I buy
the first round, before the 2nd at Vesuvio’s, after which you
escort me next door to my favorite book of poems .

Tara Linda ©2017

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Return of Muse 887

Of course I left you
deep          in New Mexico
that endless drive         a sea
of  mesas

the San Juans just in       view
you stopped for      dinner in Gallup       fried tacos Sopapillas in honey those visions
the ones that follow into       dreams        portal
from a picture

I knew I would leave
well before      sunrise          before
you made that        unnatural
turn          due north, RR 371
at Thoreau.

Don’t be mad      there was no     sign
besides        only one can fit     down
the sipapu*            at once

     Tara Linda. 2016

*Hopi word for the small opening in a Kiva; opening between worlds.

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Poet Rescues Song: Abducts Musician

I’m writing lyrics now for at least 5 of our new songs, and wasn’t quiet finished with 3 of them by last night. This is ONE fun thing about writing poetry (and one great thing about writing more often in April): As a poet, you get into the habit of seeing poetry everywhere…

Last night, I did something fun.  I played a small show, our first in Oakland, with new project “Fistful of Stars”.  We’ve played radio spots, making ready.  We go on tour next month to Europe- so it’s all coming together fast.

I’m writing lyrics now for at least 5 of our new songs, and wasn’t quiet finished with 3 of them by last night.  This is ONE fun thing about writing poetry (and one great thing about writing more often in April): As a poet, you get into the habit of seeing poetry everywhere; in couples drinking coffee, overheard conversation, positing scenarios from across the room, and just plain imagining things. And if you don’t have that gene for remembering lyrics (I don’t), or you haven’t quite finished the words-no worries: Poet-in-You will deliver, often taking you utterly over, hijacking your body, setting sail in your soul, borrowing  your lips to say things you never dreamed before ;). This is pure bliss, of course.

Last night, for one amazing song written by guitarist Rafael- that I didn’t quite finish lyrics to- I called it Mesa Song, and strung together all of the poem pieces for my one poem called “Unravel”. I read/talked the words as a single poem over the verses instead of singing. For the choruses, I sang (moaned) like the wind. Yes, Unravel– the poem pieces I haven’t yet posted all here, beyond the first because I didn’t think they were finished enough. 😉  Surprisingly, friends said that Mesa Song was their favorite of the night: it had a story they said, some mystery, and they got lost in the poem. Yay!  I promise to post another piece of Unravel for my next  poem post. Not tomorrow though- off to a Pow-wow.

So- I usually do a wrap-up post for NaPoWriMo.  I have to say, this year, I wasn’t as engaged in publicly participating as in past years. In fact, if there was one word to sum things up for me this year, it would be a verb:

 

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 This time, I was loathe to do anything on cue. And I didn’t want to follow anyone’s prompts. Hahaha!  But I still wrote lots. AND best of all, I don’t want to stop!! And so I won’t. Yet another good rule to break.

 

You held us last night-

soft woods, laughter,

warm arms that offered sweet

champagne and love.  We drank it all

down, and from across the room

 I gave you a poem 

like a kiss.

taralinda c.p. 2014