Today is the final day of the current Marathon. I decided to return to Chestnut Hill College. Somehow I felt it would be a comfortable spot for working today.
I set myself up in the Reading Room this time; I’ve worked here before and I love the brightness and airiness of it.
Here’s my desk, and some views from around it. I also turned the page in the dictionary on the stand to my name. Just for fun.
So here’s what I did, poetry-wise. I got the whole manuscript of the “old-poetry” book all set up, and I think I am nearing the final stages of turning it into a book. That’s great – I had not thought I’d get that far with it. I worked on some more haikus – I’ve accumulated a little group of them that are library-related, not surprising! I then did some poetry speed-writing. I had a small stack of notes I had made over the past few weeks about thoughts or ideas that caught my interest, and so I used them as well as some ideas that floated into my head as I sat there. Counting up, I was surprised to see that I have written 36 poems and 15 haikus, even though my focus was not on creating new poems this Marathon. Well, what do you know?
After I finished working, I did a couple of things. First, I wandered around the building a little. Someone wrote to me and wondered if it might be from earlier than the 1950’s, as I said in my previous post – so I looked for information. I learned it was built in 1961 and I found evidence today.
Once you know that, the building reveals itself to be a time capsule of its era. The blond wood used in the shelves and doors, the cut-out mezzanine and its ornamentation, the fixtures, the furniture – just amazing.
Next, I walked over to the labyrinth. I visit here when I come to this campus if possible. It’s a peaceful and contemplative spot. I included it in the Sunshine Project last year, if you are interested to know more. Anyway, despite the 30 degree temperature, I did the labyrinth walk.
So, another Marathon ends. I found this one to be very useful, if not as rewarding as earlier ones. In the end, I needed to clear out old things before I could go on to new ones, and I did that. I do feel happy about having cleared some space in my head. I know I will keep doing Marathons – I really like the focus and concentration on just working on writing. Right now I have tentatively scheduled one for June, but maybe a mini-Marathon before that? I don’t want to get greedy. Well, let’s wait and see.
Here is today’s poem:
In the store window
no one pinches pennies
no one wears clothes with stains
that didn’t come out in the wash.
None of the pots and pans
have burn marks on the bottom
the rugs have never felt a muddy boot
stride across their tufted patterns.
In the store window all things are possible
everything is new and no one says
I know better than you because
I’ve got some experience in me.