The Marathon journey is in its fourth year. Just Enjoy Yourself is the current incarnation. Let’s do it!
I reflect on Marathons past a little bit today – my practice was to leave home, settle in at a library or cafe, and immerse myself in the experience of writing. It’s no longer possible to do this, and I wonder if and when it will ever be, or if it is possible, will I still want to, or feel safe in it?
Somber thoughts. I turn my mind to writing, here at home, because that is where I am today, July 31, 2020.
I had made some phrase cards, phrases or words or sentences cut from old books, for inspiration.
I can’t say they were very helpful today – I didn’t really use them. It’s funny how some days, you can look at words and feel nothing from them, and then another day, well! they just can’t stop talking!
Let’s get to a couple of things I did today.
This poem is about a postcard. Other than that I have no idea where it all came from. Just once it got rolling, well, it kept on going.
On the front of the postcard:
a photo of a square in a big city
surrounding a gray stone church
On the back
the legend says
A view of Flenbedening Plaza and Beedliola Church
and you wrote:
your friend with the big mouth
told you I’d miss you
royal pain that you are
remember the Halloween you dressed as a nurse
I met your twin here in the city
she had white hair she wore in a ponytail
and pressed a stethoscope she claimed
could amplify the trend of my future
cold against my right temple. What powerful thoughts
you have in here, she told me. Just forget about them.
Truth is I feel good. I will be home soon.
And as fond as I ever was of you, that I am still.
Until I see you again.
A little bit of nostalgia for summertimes past.
How long ago was it in lawnmower years
considering the lawnmower worked summers only
that we swam pickled in a chlorinated pool
How much time has passed in afternoon thunderstorms
since we shivered eating the popsicles that turned our lips blue
How many steps have we taken in dress shoes tied too tight
since we last hopped barefoot along a hot sidewalk –
Do you ever think about how many?
I hope everyone is well and in good spirits. Thank you for reading!