Whoop! Day 28!!! A few days ago I was musing over the fact that so many of my poems are about nature, the moon, & etc. “Why don’t I write about something mundane, like that bent Road Work Ahead sign or a traffic light?” My mind composed this in the wee small hours and it seems a fitting finality to these amazing 28 Days of Unreason. Once again, the words of Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason have been mind-expanding and a true source of inspiration. Thank you to all who have joined in, some every day and others as the muse prompts. Lynn, Charley & Qbit have been amazingly faithfull to the prompts and the light of my day for 28 of them. Jane has caught the fever as well as Frank, Jenna,Hank, Jeren, and NoStAugustine. Did I miss anyone? The response has overjoyed me! Where should we go next? Rilke? Whitman? (I need a vacation! LOL) Love Y’all! ~ Jilly
“Why does the mind compose this music well before the words occur?”
~ Jim Harrison
I will the light,
“Stay green. Stay green.”
Mindjackers surround the car
wrench open my door
their mouths open
with words I
in their Magus hands.
With only one remaining day in the 28 Days of Unreason, this was one of the most difficult prompts for me to write from; there are many crumpled pages scattered round my feet. It worked best when I limited myself to the short form of Cinquain. Songs of Unreason has been a great source for these writing prompts. Here is today’s Harrison quote and my Cinquain in response:
“It is life’s work to recognize the mystery of the obvious”
There are just a few remaining days in our 28 Days of Unreason. Songs of Unreason has provided us with a number of quotes about water; this one triggered a response directed at our author, hence my title for today, Dear Jim. Here is the line from Harrsion for today and my poem.
“The river can’t heal everything” ~ Jim Harrison
For seven eternities we have been water, moving water, searching for healing from these unclaimed sins and now you tell us.
The closer I get to the end of the 28 Days of Unreason, the closer my writing is to the edge of sanity. Not me, mind you, just the poet’s voice. Here is the 24th line from Songs of Unreason and my poem, entitled Lest You Die.
“Nature has portals rather than doors” ~ Jim Harrison
The pass flora incarnate, passion flower, in all its exotic beauty, serves as the host plant to the beautiful orange Gulf and Variegated Fritillary butterflies who lay their eggs on the vine. The hatched caterpillars exfoliate the host, spin their cocoons on the plant and the cycle continues. Fortunately, the passion is prolific and returns with, well… passion.
“Nature detonates your mind with the incalculable freshness of the new day” ~ Jim Harrison
Day 22 of the 28 Days of Unreason gives us a quote to boggle the mind with his word choices. All 28 days are lines of Harrison’s poetry from Songs of Unreason. My poetic response to this prompt is entitled Nocturne, but does not necessarily fit the definition of a poem in that style. I simply turned Harrison’s line to the perspective of the nocturnal creatures of this world.
Pomegranate pours seed of life fertilizing the awakening chorus of crickets night bugs and tree frogs tree frogs
tree frogs usher in the newly born nocturne
poppying me into that deep green-black world where I freely see eternity
On the cusp of the last week of 28 Days of Unreason, we have one of Harrison’s most unusual lines and yet, as poets, we know what he is talking about. My response poem is something of a Diamante (diamond shape poem) but the form normally focuses on the number of words per line; mine counts syllables. If you find inspiration in any of the lines from Songs of Unreason in these challenges, please drop me a line and let me know; I would love to read your excellent work!
“Like many poets I’m part blackbird and part red squirrel and my brain chatters, shrieks, and whistles.” ~ Jim Harrison
Day 19 of the 28 Days of Unreason brings a return of Silly Jilly, my childish alter ego. Humor her; she gets cranky when she’s told to grow up and act her age. I’m just guessing she wanted to break from poetic tradition about using birds for metaphors and symbolic crap like that. Views expressed here are not necessarily those of the author. Songs of Unreason yields a beautiful quote for today:
“The birds are a chorus…clearly relatives of Mozart” ~ Jim Harrison
CACOPHONY OF BIRDS
they sync ‘neath my window
from sunrise ‘til noon
put up such a racket
like a bellowing moose
the shrike and the snipe
I’d most like to strike
with a silencing muzzle
my nerves are a fuzzle!
the starlings most startling
the grackles a ’cackle
the raven shows up
with a tool belt and spackle
(to fix and repair a bust standing there)
oh, where can I go
I need a good sleeper
but when I lie down
along comes a creeper
at last downs the sun
at evening they rest
but alas that screech owl
busts his buttons and vest
On Mozart and Handel
Now Beethoven and Bach
fly away, fly away
put thy beaks in a sock!