Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 26

The Marathon journey is in its fourth year. Just Enjoy Yourself is the current incarnation. Let’s do it!

Marathon at home again on 6/25/20. I decided to celebrate the idea of being at home and I went around my house snapping some random photos to write about.

It worked out pretty well. You’d be surprised what comes to mind when you are looking at familiar ordinary banal sights – maybe the very triviality of them frees the mind?

Anyway, that is what I did. All the poems I wrote were in the haiku, tanka, or shadorma form, to give more focus to my writing and avoid just rambling along about the laundry room or the dust under the bed…

 

A haiku.

13.
skylight to ceiling –
up view from inside lampshade.
light bulb eyes the sky.

Poetry Marathon 6-25-20 (13)m

 

A shadorma.

11.
Magnify
the pattern lose the
coherence
gain the soft
fleeting vagueness of what you
see and will forget

 

Poetry Marathon 6-25-20 (11)k

 

A shadorma.

10.
The straight lines
divide up the view
pleasingly
fragmenting
the lackluster what is to
vivid what could be

 

Poetry Marathon 6-25-20 (10)j

 

 

A tanka.

6.
Sharp nose set to sting
takes steady aim. Delicate,
then don’t hold back. Bite.
The drill cuts its precise mark.
Fine sawdust floats to the floor.

 

Poetry Marathon 6-25-20 (6)f

 

A tanka.

4.

giant glassy eye
rolls in unfocused circles
a small orange speck
darts in and out of vision
floating past a bleary lens

 

Poetry Marathon 6-25-20 (4)d

 

A haiku.

1.
Corrugated road
for a small spider on foot –
brown cardboard box flap

 

Poetry Marathon 6-25-20 (1)a

 

And here are all of today’s photos, just to show you the array of what I worked with.

 

 

I hope everyone is well and in good spirits. Thank you for reading!

 

11 thoughts on “Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 26

  1. Thank you. I need that magnifying glass a lot with my eye issues and I have a thing for looking through it like this, there is something about the way it distorts the objects I really like.

  2. I like this collection coming from a closer interaction with the everyday. I found I went back to the magnifying glass on the rug poem because I feel a particular resonance with my noticing choices between ‘floating through’ and opting for sharp awareness…there is a place for both and sometimes a balancing act.

  3. Thank you. As far as the literal vision thing, I have been fighting all my life for sharpness, since my vision has always needed some help. But…after my cataract surgeries in which corrective lenses were implanted, I missed, and still do, the ability to have very out of focus eyesight when I wanted it. And then there is the metaphorical sense of vision – it is not always the best thing, or the thing you want, to see everything very clearly, is it?

  4. Yes, even a form of precision can be lacking. In terms of literal vision it must have been quite an adjustment after the surgery and more than for a new pair of glasses which you can take off any time.

  5. Yes. My “new” vision is much safer for me, I was literally functionally blind without my glasses, and even with them I had difficulties. When I developed my retina issues (probably exacerbated by my extreme nearsightedness), even worse. But good surgeons brought me back to functioning, and I am very grateful because these treatments would not have been possible 20 years ago or so. Still, I had lived 55 years or so with my eyes as they were, and it has changed me to see differently. As I said, I still miss my old eyes even while understanding that they were gone, too, and so no choice but to go on and in the end, glad to be able to do so.

  6. I imagine your other senses became sharper over time given how much you have accomplished with your writing and art. It sounds like it has been a challenging journey but with unquantifiable rewards .

  7. Thank you. Yes, it is interesting to think, my eyesight has affected many decisions, big and small, something you don’t think about until, like me, you are older and you can kind of look back and see it. But we all have those deficits or also those favorable things that help us, you sort of adapt and make use of them, don’t you?

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