The Marathon journey is in its fourth year. Just Enjoy Yourself is the current incarnation. Let’s do it!
Once again the Marathon took place at home on May 28, 2020.
Here are some flowers from around the house. I ran out into the rainy cool day to snap these images.
I had written some poems earlier in the week, so I worked on them for a while today. Then I took some fabric items I’ve recently made and as a lark, decided to use them as basis for some poems in the format of haiku, shadorma, or tanka.
As for the fabric pieces, I don’t know what (if anything) I will do with them; I was mostly reviving my rusty machine sewing skills. I want to do something fiber art-related in my art life, but I don’t know what yet, so I’m just experimenting right now.
Anyway, the items did a nice job standing in as models for poetry today.
Let’s get to the poems.
The first line’s words “restless cat” set off the whole process resulting in this poem.
The restless cat underfoot
the truncated chiming of the clock
the paperwork you left behind.
Unaware and secretive
an interesting combination
Any chance you’ll be back?
I think not but just in case
I shoo the cat into the hall
I don’t need a witness.
Here’s a tanka for this fabric square.
Crazy little boat
on a turquoise jewel sea
polka-dot sail breathes
in and out in and out and
crazy little boat surfs waves
Another fabric piece, another tanka.
Tie a green ribbon.
Wrap all your fingers. Look now –
you have a green thumb!
Cheater-style, yes, but try it.
Plant flower seeds. See them grow.
I hope everyone is feeling well and in good spirits!
Thank you for reading!