Well, I finished up my 30 days of poetry series on Thursday, January 31. When I started this off, I was quiet with it, and just started posting. It wasn’t until about two weeks into the effort that I announced what I was doing. I wanted to have a good running start with this, and get into a rhythm.
As I wrote, I found it was going really well. I had some concerns with whether or not I’d be able so sustain my pace; if I’d come up with things to write about. I guess this is something everyone starting to write goes through. The question of “Can I do it?” seems to loom overhead once we commit ourselves to something of consequence to us.
It turns out, I needn’t have worried about that. Slowing down and taking time to observe gave me lots of things to pick from, as I noted in Waiting for Inspiration. The experience with the 30 Days of Poetry project helped me shift my mind into a place where I could think “poetically” about the things I observed around me. This is something I had experienced on occasion as I would take walks; as I’d wait for the Water Taxi at Seacrest Park; as I’d sit under a tree in a park. But until this, it came more in fits and starts, not really being sustained.
They say it takes 30 days to develop a habit. I think that this effort helped me to get into the habit of not only writing poems, but writing in general. As I watched my poetry notebook (mentioned in my post A Day Begins) fill up, and take on a battered, well-worn look, and my blog post count almost doubled, I also noticed my journal was filling up faster and each day’s entry growing longer (in fact, this morning, I wrote almost 5 pages…and I’d only been up a couple of hours!) So, I’d say that writing has become a habit. So much so that when I didn’t write anything on Friday (not a journal entry, not a blog post, not a poem), it felt just, well, wrong!
Another thing I discovered as I did this is my consistency has brought more readers. It appears that a lot of folks follow my blog through WordPress, and I would imagine a few others through RSS feeds or read my posts on Facebook. Finally, I know that there are a couple who get the posts delivered directly to their e-mail. As I wrote more, I noticed more feedback, in the form or “Likes” on my posts. Now I’d love to have some more comments, but knowing I’m being seen is, well, a bit of an ego boost, to be honest. But I’d like to think that the “Likes” are a reflection of what I write actually striking a positive tone with someone as they read. I like that idea. That’s why I share my poetry, rather than keep it all inside me, or in my notebook or journal.
I plan to continue posting my poems on a regular basis. It may not be as frequent as I have through the month of January. I have some ideas for what I’d like to do with my poetry, and where I’d like to take it. As I work those details out, I’ll share more here.
This month ended with a really pleasant surprise for me. My final poem posted for January, In Front of Barney’s, was one that I’d been wanting to write for well over a year. Each day I would walk from the Water Taxi dock to my bus to work, I’d see him dancing to the music in his head. I’d wanted to put what I was seeing into a poem, but couldn’t quite manage to do so. Until I was walking by there Thursday morning, when it all came together.
So, with that all said, I leave you now with a listing of the 31 poems I wrote over the course of the 30 Days of Poetry for this year. Yes, you read that correctly, 31 poems…one day got a bonus poem!
- Snowgeese – January 2, 2013
- Refreshed – January 3, 2013
- Bedtime for Little Johnny Jones – January 4, 2013
- Raindrops – January 5, 2013
- The Basement – January 6, 2013
- A Morning Meditation – January 7, 2013
- Squid Jiggin’ – January 8, 2013
- Hard Choice – January 9, 2013
- Lunch Date Out – January 9, 2013
- Watcher Hawk – January 10, 2013
- Glittering Lights – January 11, 2013
- Winter Morning – January 12, 2013
- Making Words – January 13, 2013
- Winter Textures – January 14, 2013
- Seacrest Morning Sounds – January 15, 2013
- Drawn Up – January 16, 2013
- Awake – January 17, 2013
- Foggy Ride – January 18, 2013
- Visitor – January 19, 2013
- Point No Point – January 20, 2013
- Sharing – January 21, 2013
- Travel Light – January 22, 2013
- Walking Companion – January 23, 2013
- Steadily Towards Spring – January 24, 2013
- Morning Heron – January 25, 2013
- Nephews – January 26, 2013
- Journey – January 27, 2013
- Rainy Memories – January 28, 2013
- Waiting for Inspiration – January 29, 2013
- Pairing Off – January 30, 2013
- In Front of Barney’s – January 31, 3013