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Day Eight – “One of Life’s Puzzles”

“I’m not sure what it is, life’s puzzle.”  ~ Jim Harrison

28 lines, quotes from James Harrison’s poetry collection Songs of Unreason comprise these 28 Days of Unreason.  Lines from the poems in that collection are used as writing sparks, posted here, along with my poetic response.  This one triggered several poems for me, each a hard wrenching.  Here is the one I have chosen for this post.  Again, if you find any inspiration from the quotes, please let me know.  I have enjoyed seeing the words of several of my poetic friends!  Jilly

One of Life’s Puzzles

silos stand brick on
interlocking brick crumbling
against astringent sky

heft of corn years pressed
mortar sags sighs breaks ranks
tumbles to the ground

bleat of the last sheep
penned beside the washed-out barn
suns rise set forgive

angry winter dawns

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A wild soul writing poetry.

16 thoughts on “Day Eight – “One of Life’s Puzzles”

  1. “suns rise set forgive” leading up to “angry winter dawns” tells the whole story. The haiku set leading up to that one line… an unfinished haiku or the point of the story? Brilliant in its conception. And your writing paints a picture of abandon that the reader… if they’re paying attention… has to feel is more than just about buildings. High five, Jilly!

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      1. Life’s puzzles are the stuff of poetry. Answers are prose, non-fiction, what educational types call informational texts. Puzzles are what stir the brain cells, the emotions. Take a poetry puzzle, place it in your pocket when you go for a walk. Take it out and reread it, look out at the sky and wait. Keep it in your pocket until it releases its secret. File it away and grab another poetic puzzle.

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  2. Really loved the interlocking pieces of structures, farm, life. “heft of corn years” was brilliant. And then the way things fall apart. Give me a few hours to get some sleep and I will be more articulate.

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