Day 1 of the Autumn Poetry Marathon is complete. I spent the afternoon at Chestnut Hill College, a small school about 15 minutes from home. I’ve worked here before – I was here in the summer.
This session, the students were at school, so I had company in the large reading room of the library.
I like this room a lot. The open airiness appeals to me. It was a bit warm today with the heat on, but someone opened some windows and that was just right. Plus, I could hear the shouts from the lacrosse game going on outside.
Today’s work? I wrote 19 poems – 2115 words. That’s about the same as I have done in the past. I did start off slowly today – I needed to get into the swing of it. But I soon felt more warmed up, mentally.
As I have done in the past, here is one poem from today. Remember, I just write as I go and I don’t edit, so – it could be a little rough. I’ll do a big editing job when the whole Marathon is over, but for now, here it is.
The dirt-streaked window
The low sun slanting through
The dead fly
caught between the screen and the glass
dimmed and filmy and yet
casting a shadow
far bigger than he
ever made in life.