Looking back over the month, I am amazed at how diverse ideas somehow come together to make it a whole. Examining my thoughts, values, failings, joys and fears, I believe, gives meaning to seemingly inconsequential, unrelated things. I’m learning a lot about myself—a life long pursuit for any seeker of truth.
My goal for February is to write a poem a day. I want to try different, challenging forms: free verse, limericks, haiku, Tonka, pantoum, and, if I get brave enough, I might even try writing a sonnet. Haikus are deceptively easy—that is, easy to write but almost impossible to master. But I’ll try a few. In the meantime, I am putting together a book of poems that I have written over the last twenty years. That, too, is a learning experience. I am trying to find some sensible order to very disparate ideas in my poetry. Maybe I’ll just let chaos reign.
Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon.
Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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