Broken-down Poetry: Cross-train


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Sunday, February 27, 2011


So I write a lot -- go figure, I'm a writing major. But, I don't spend a lot of time writing for fun. As outlined in my last Scriptwriting blog post, I do a lot of everything for my classes, but I don't have a lot of time or energy to write for fun.

Last Sunday I got to. I got most of my homework done for Monday and Tuesday, so I spent the day writing poetry. Some of it turned out interesting.

I'm not entirely finished with the following poem. I think its metaphor was lost a little. But I'll let you read it. (You're welcome.) Ha.


Like the birds

You pointed up at a bird perched and
showed me how
its feathery neck moves in          jerks—
sharp, decisive
on a pivot
because its eyes are stationary
without periphery.

You pointed back at us and
said the same thing
about human eyes:
how they move like a bird’s neck, in          jerks—
always trying to focus.

I find this particularly entertaining
that as you tell me this,
I do whatever I can to avoid          you—
I look every which way in jerks,
sharply, decisively
to avoid your glance.

I dream of flying away.


As I began writing this post, I wanted to pose a goal for myself: write a poem a day. As I thought about it, I decided to shorten that to a poem a week. Then, I gave up on the goal completely. Do I have time?

I should make time.

Like anything else, writing gets better with practice. And like anything, variety is key. When you exercise your body, you don't spend all your energy on one set of muscles. Even those training for marathons cross-train.

I need to cross-train my writing. That may mean putting aside my homework to slave over a poem -- but that's okay. (I'd probably rather being doing that anyway.)


Scriptwriting Archive:
Broken-down Poetry, and what it means
The strenuous marriage of writing
Poetry as Therapy, pt. II
Sh*tty First Drafts

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