a river of stones update and short poem #30
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These are varieties, in order, of peppers, tomatoes, beans and cukes. Certainly, this kind of sentiment is not new, but I decided to try and cheer myself up today (it’s snowing, AGAIN!) by looking through seed catalogs online (like burpee.com).
It definitely helps. It is no wonder winter is so devastating — look at all the color we’re missing! (Plus, I found lots of ideas for poems.) Though my grandparents on both sides were big gardeners, I have only had a few successful gardens of my own. It is fun to fantasize about being a gardener, and it is meaningful (even if I won’t actually order any seeds) to do at this time of year what my grandparents did: imagine spring seedlings and summer plants and fall harvests. Being filled with desire is much more fun than succumbing to defeat (did I mention it’s snowing, AGAIN?)!
I organized the file of small stones I wrote in January and in doing so decided to continue writing them. I know I will not manage it every day, but I do like idea of continuing some sort of short-poem writing practice.
I re-numbered the stones (I had missed one; I had written 29 before this one) so that I can keep track of the number of 2011 stones (not just the January stones). I am also going to call them, generically, “short poems,” instead of stones, because not all of my short pieces have been “moments of noticing”/observation that distinguishes small stones among other short forms.
I am a free-range short-poemer. Or something. 🙂