Last year the members of my children’s poets group set out to write a poem a day in February. All four of us did just that. Some days one of us wrote two.
On the last day I wrote a poem called “February 28.” It reminded me of accomplishment and possibility. I transcribed it onto a scrap of paper and put it in a central location on my desk where it has stayed for eleven months.
A new February is about to begin, and we’ve decided to do the same exercise again. Last year at this time, the goal seemed daunting. I was making plans for how I’d keep going and encourage others to keep going when we got stuck or distracted and didn’t write poems for days. None of those plans were necessary.
Now I’m just excited that it’s almost February.
This is a good moment to express my appreciation and esteem for the other three poets in my group: Sheri Doyle, Judith Gamble, and Carol Shank. I am fortunate to study poetry with, be inspired by, and enjoy the friendship of these three talented women. Thank you, Sheri, Judy, and Carol!
This week’s Poetry Friday host is Paul Hankin’s These 4 Corners blog.
It’s so easy to let “everything else” take priority over our writing. Your February 28th poem is inspiring, Karin, and I love that you’re entering into February this year, not with trepidation, but with enthusiasm. You go girl! Thanks for the inspiration to do the same.
Thanks, Michelle! It really is remarkable how different my expectations are this year. I’m realizing that writing a blog post a day last May had an impact, too.
Sounds like a great project! I’m glad it went so well last year. Having a “What starts tomorrow?” attitude is terrific.
Thank you, Tabatha. I love that question, “What starts tomorrow?”
And February is here! What starts tomorrow indeed. 🙂 Such possibilities! 🙂