Sunday, January 20, 2019

My One Little Word for 2019

Let's say this year, I've had a little trouble finding my new word.  Last year, I chose reach and, to be honest, I never quite found the love for the word.  This year, I considered not choosing a word.  I wondered what it might be like if I could find a phrase or a symbol that might give me guidance.  I tried on words like:  hustle, seek, clarify, simplify, margin, shape and envision.  

For a bit, I considered symbols and really started to come to like the symbol of a wolf: "Wolf is a symbol of guardianship, ritual, loyalty, and spirit. Wolf has the ability to make quick and firm emotional attachments, and often need to trust their own instincts. Thus they teach us to do the same, to trust our hearts and minds, and have control over our own lives (Pure Spirit)."  Unfortunately, I think when we think of a wolf, we go all fairy tale. The wolf doesn't symbolize happily-ever-after. Instead, we've given it this identity of trickery and trouble. Wolf wouldn't work.

So I kept thinking and listening and hoping....

Here are my past words:
This year, I knew I wanted a word that brought me calm.  I wanted a word that fit both my personal and professional life.  Each day after January 1st, I became more and more concerned that I might not ever find my word.  I wanted something that helped me to be clear in my vision, to pause, to be intentional, to be okay with just being a space sometimes.  I'm not sure where it hit me, but somehow the word "center" came to my attention.  The more I tried it on, the more I liked it.  It seemed to bring together so many words I had considered.  Best of all, every time I reminded myself of the word it seemed to give me space to pause, reach inside, and be thoughtful about next steps/words/actions.  

This year, I'll be working to stay centered, to be true to my core beliefs, find margin, and allow myself to just be sometimes.  I just finished reading Almost Everything:  Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott; I believe this is exactly what she is talking about.  In her book she writes, "Contrary to my upbringing, the bigger, more real, and friendlier the world inside me becomes, the safer I feel in the outside world (p.172)."  I think she's onto something.  This year, I think I'll see if "center" can help guide me.  


Monday, April 30, 2018

Poetry Month: The Last Poem 30 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day.  


I wonder if poets
wrestle with the last poem
they place in a collection.

Do they struggle
to find the perfect
arrangement of words?

Do they lose sleep
trying to create rhythms
of sounds for readers?

Do they hope
to find the perfect end
to make readers sigh?

I wonder if poets realize
the last poem
is a new beginning.


© Cathy L. Mere, 2018




Sunday, April 29, 2018

Poetry Month: Sunday Mornings 29 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day. 


Sunday Mornings

Sunday mornings:

a cup of coffee,
a bit of creamer,
quiet contemplation,

early writing,
time for reading,
much relaxing,

a bit of breakfast,
a bite of toast,
brunch.

no racing,
no hurry,
no rushing,

quiet,
peaceful,
still,

Sunday mornings.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Poetry Month: Perfect Start 28 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day. 



Friday, April 27, 2018

Poetry Month: Cherry Blossoms 27 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day. 

Today I tried a nonet.  Glenda, at Evolving English Teacher, shared a nonet about tulips.  I thought I'd give it a try in writing about the cherry blossoms on our weeping cherry tree.  



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Poetry Month: Awakened 26 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day. 




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Poetry Month: The Reason for Silence 25 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day. 

often i choose
quiet
the weight of words
heavy
the necessity of finding the right one
essential
the nuances which complicate meaning
unending
no one word quite right
cacophonous
no set of words encompassing
significance
often i choose
quiet

© Cathy L. Mere, 2018

My One Little Word for 2019

Let's say this year, I've had a little trouble finding my new word.  Last year, I chose reach  and, to be honest, I never quite fo...