Leap Day

Leap Day reminds me when was the last time I leaped?  Took a chance, jumped in and tried something new?
 I am struggling with my voice. I admire all my poet friends, but I don't think I can write poems everyday.   I have to mix it up.  I also am trying to decide what college classes to take, more leaping.  Hubby and son are home today, one with a cold, the other the flu.  I thought maybe my blog would be better if I picked one path.  I can't do it... I guess it is just going to be a creative blog, with whatever strikes me, my mood.  Yes, like the toad in the garden waiting for his meal. Whatever strikes one's mood is what they decide to dine on.

Today I did a prompt at the Imaginary Garden, it is one of many exercises in Liz Lamoreux's book, "Inner Excavation".   You answer these questions and then write a poem.

What color is your morning?
What are the shapes of your day?
What are the smells of your evening?
What are the textures of your weekend?
What are the sounds of this moment?
What nourishes you?
What do you see when you open your eyes and really look?
Her questions really make you think, don't they?!

Morning opens
A mist of pale white with fringes of blue
Sun’s brilliance dazzles than fades
sheer gray curtains  are drawn and pulled
Diamonds attract the corners of my day
I hear a Chick-a-dee’s solo performance on my deck
My beagle is snoring as the fresh start of wonder brews
Words catch my eye
I cast a net of ideas and gather the shiny bits
Stitching my thoughts, my hopes, my dreams
Sentiments, photos of loved ones and nature’s gifts
Thread my muse
To create and chase light
Faded false starts leave
When I finish my Zen tea
Glimmers of stardust spread
I look again
With fresh eyed daisy view
So hoping
Those who love me, love me not
Can see an Irish beauty
Not a dangling thread

*In Navy and Marine Corps parlance today, an Irish pennant is a loose thread on a uniform, for which you get gigged at inspection.


Mary Ann Potter said…
Ella, this is one marvelously crafted work with every line leading to that conclusion, "not a dangling thread." So many things pull at us during the day. You've put them all into perspective with a delightful morning!
Old Ollie said…
You have pulled out so many key details. This system worked great for you.
Dorthe said…
Dear Ella,
I love all your morning thoughts and experiences, and love all your little day wonders hopping in your mind, ready to fill it.
shelly said…
Your poems are always so beautiful. Have a great day!
Ella, are you kidding? You write beautiful poetry! And the things you create are amazing. Who says you can't do both?
This was poetry at it's best. Well done most lovely to read.

Susie Clevenger said…
A pulled thread of inspiration I would say...you have captured your day beautifully with your words.
Grace said…
I like the morning through your eyes. I wish you always have a fresh eyed daisy view ~

Happy day ~
Sherry Blue Sky said…
I LOVE your site being a mixture of everything. Mine is too. It is easier than trying to maintain four blogs...I have enough trouble keeping up with one:)This poem of yours is SO LOVELY. I especially took note of: "I cast a net of ideas and gather the shiny bits". Just lovely. Your header photo up top is MAGNIFICENT, and I dont think I ever have ever seen a more beautiful pansy. Wow, kiddo. As Chandler would say, on Friends: "Could you BE any more talented?"
Janet said…
You are a multi-talented girl with much to share. Thank-you for doing so. It keeps your blog extra-special. I think of you often and hope all is well. Your beautiful poem warmed my heart. Thank-you for sharing your morning~
apeetha said…
"Thread my muse
To create and chase light
Faded false starts leave
When I finish my Zen tea
Glimmers of stardust spread
I look again"

Lovely! :)) now off to explore your blog!
Mary said…
I love all the sensory details you pull together to make your poem! Sounds like a wonderful day!
I think this is going to be my leap year :) I can't say in which way, since I don't want to jinx it, but I expect some life changing things till the end of 2012!
Kerry O'Connor said…
Words catch my eye
I cast a net of ideas and gather the shiny bits..

These lines say so much about the poet's art. I love this poem of yours, and I find the voice to be authentically yours.
Lolamouse said…
Love the "stitching thoughts" and "threading muse" imagery in this one! If only I could stitch together a blanket that would hold the muse where I need her so I could wrap her around me whenever I wanted!
Mary Mansfield said…
"Thread my muse
To create and chase light"

An amazing turn of phrase there, just one of many. Loved seeing how your morning went!
Wanda said…
The beauty of having your own blog is it can be what you would like it to be. You have me thinking about what things I need to leap into.
Ella said…
Thank you Kerry! I do try to be me :D
lol I do think we as poets, note different parts of our day in unique context!

Dezzy-I so hope so, for you and me both :D I will make a wish for you, today, when I go to my favorite spot

Mary-Thank you, it was an unique day :D I try to gather the unusual!

Apeetha-Thank you :D so much~

Janet-I think of you, too...
I miss the wonders of snow and the magic of it instills! I hope that cake was amazing :D Thank you~

Sherry-You are too cool ;D
Thank you, I'm just in a creative rut, with my art. Trying to step back, before I leap, lol
It happens...

Grace-Thank you, how wonderful that would be :D I wish that for all of us! I do think most poets do see differently, don't you?!

Susie-Thank you! It was a different write...those questions really put things in focus!

Yvonne-Thank you, so kind of you to say~ I will be by...I know you have been busy! I loved your last post, so much :D

Alex-Thank you, it is timing! Only so many hours in the day. It seems my Muse and husband think my attention is needed elsewhere. It always seems to be when inspiration strikes...I'm needed.
I'm going to have to fight harder for me time~ :D

Shelly-Hello, thank you for coming by! You are always so sweet~

Dorthe-It does seem we have to net our ideas and tug at them to get them to produce. Thank you for visiting me! You are so kind

Ollie-Pulled, good one wise Monk! ;D

Mary Ann-Thank you, yes, so many things pull and sometimes throw us off course. It is part of the process, we have to recognize when to tug and when to let go! ;D
Ella said…
Hi Wanda-This is true, but the ones that I see do really well, tend to have one strong voice! Thank you though I really enjoyed your words~

Mary-Thank you so much! Yes, it is easy to be pulled off track ;D

Lola-I need to stitch that same blanket ;D Great idea! Thank you~
Scarlett Clay said…
I like all the different directions you take, all the different paths you are pursuing...taking classes sounds exciting, so many new things to learn...hope your menfolk are feeling better soon. :)
Laurie Kolp said…
Ella- There's no struggle here... this poem is fantastic. I love:

Words catch my eye
I cast a net of ideas and gather the shiny bits
Stitching my thoughts, my hopes, my dreams

I say keep writing through your self-doubt! You're so talented. Oh, and I feel the same way at times.
Ella said…
Scarlett-Thank you ;D
I am so happy your precious Knox is home with you~ I hope he feels better soon~

Laurie-I think all creative types have their moments~
Yes, keeping our fingers busy helps!
Thank you!
Kim Nelson said…
I have learned to let my creative spirit move where it must. I write non-fiction and poetry, magazine articles and essays. I paint, collage, make hand-made cards and mixed media pieces. I garden, create landscape designs and write about that, too.I have only recently learned to embrace it all. It is who we are. No sense labeling and pigeon holing. We are just that amazing!!!
Kateri said…
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Kateri said…
I love what you did with this prompt--very vivid and poetic...
booguloo said…
Very nice. 11 years USN and definitely remember Irish pennants.
Daydreamertoo said…
I think its' great to just go with whatever your creative muse insists of you. Whatever that is.
Your prose is lovely, full of vivid imagery and colour, happy too.
Old Kitty said…
Well this is one amazing leap! What a beautiful poem!! Love the use of thread and stitch and fabric and Irish pennant all to bind together a moment of leaping uncertainty!

Thanks for sharing! take care
Ella said…
I will be back to comment. I have tech support working on my computer!
Ella said…
Thank you Old Kitty! I can almost see a piece of art in this one...must get busy~ :D

Daydreamertoo-Thank you, yes spring reminds us of the alternating temps and the green hope that arrives! Sometimes the muse is fickle though ;D

booguloo-I bet you have some stories!
What did you do in the Navy?! Did you enjoy it? Hope so....thank you~

Kateri-Thank you, funny what directions we can go in, with thread ;D

Kim-Thank you so much! Your words are amazing~ I agree no pigeon holes...Thanks Kim @>-----
This feels fresh and vibrant--I love how you paint your experience of the morning for us--Just beautifully done!
Mary said…
Oh, Ella, this is so thought-provoking. The questions you ask truly make me think!! Colors and sounds and scents...I am thinking, I am thinking.
Poet Laundry said…
Honestly, I want tea now...what a lovely scene you have painted for us...Happy St. Pat's you Irish beauty! :-)
Lovely, the ay you've woven all those answers into one coherent poem. :)
Kodjo Deynoo said…
You got me thinking to catch up and then thinking some more..Indeed a thought provoking poem
this was a fabulous lyrical poem, filled with such authentic sensibilities and vivid images.beautiful stuff.
Susan said…
I definitely see the beauty in the braided lariat, no thread left dangling! Thank you for reposting this beauty and sharing the process and braving to live on all of your vectors, not only one.
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