“May you look out from your own eyes.”—Thomas A. Clark
Hello on this unseasonably mild November day. How can it be 60 degrees? Why is my rhododendron budding? My windows are open and I can hear the rain, the songbirds. Was that a robin just now? David Dwyer, an anthropologist who attended a recent workshop with me at Interlochen sends this:
Warms our house
And our climate.
I reread this haiku and ponder how to merge my awareness with my writing skills because I am a poet in the world, not just in the rarified environment of a classroom or institution.
Meanwhile, this season of Thanksgiving calls to mind a wonderful celtic blessing, adapted by Scottish poet Thomas A. Clark:
May the best hour of the day be yours.
May luck go with you from hill to sea.
May you stand against the prevailing wind.
May no forest intimidate you.
May you look out from your own eyes.
May near and far attend you.
May you bathe your face in the sun’s rays.
May you have milk, cream, substance.
May your actions be effective.
May your thoughts be affective.
May you will both the wild and the mild.
May you sing the lark from the sky.
May you place yourself in circumstance.
May you be surrounded by goldfinches.
May you pause among alders.
May your desire be infinite.
May what you touch be touched.
May the company be less for your leaving.
May you walk alone beneath the stars.
May your embers still glow in the morning.
For those interested in closing out the year with a final writing push, I wanted to let you know that in four days, the final 21 Day Poetry Challenge of 2015 will commence. I recommend this three-week writing regimen as a method for anyone interested in committing to a daily creative ritual, and to those building a body of work. As a small expression of gratitude, I’m offering a late November discount: Enroll with a writing buddy and receive 20% off the cost of the program (just tell me who’s joining you when you sign up; I’ll adjust the invoice accordingly.)
December 21 Day Challenge: December 1-21, 2015. Write a poem, passage or poetic fragment each day during the threshold month of December, culminating on the Winter Solstice. Receive daily writing prompts, sample poems, and supportive coaching for 21 days, all in your inbox so that you can write from wherever you are in the world. At the end, submit two or three poems for private, constructive feedback. $125.Enroll here.
“This course offers such quality and creativity and caring. Thank you so very much for the gift. I opened many memories, explored a deeper consciousness, and am constantly in awe of reading poetry. Put me on December’s class. Thank you again for your gifts.” —S.G., Participant in the September 21 Day Poetry Challenge