What do you feel about what you’re doing today? Give me a few lines!

The picture and  poem snippet to the left about sums up what I’m feeling about my writing today.

I feel my writing today is sharp, and clear, almost too easy.

It makes me afraid.

What about you? What are you doing today? Reading, writing, gardening, cooking, chores, caregiving? How does it make you feel?

To anyone interested, here’s the entire poem by Cummings:

voices to voices, lip to lip
i swear (to noone everyone) constitutes
undying; or whatever this and that petal confutes . . .
to exist being a peculiar form of sleep

what’s beyond logic happens beneath will;
nor can these moments be translated: i say
that even after April
by God there is no excuse for May

– bring forth your flowers and machinery: sculpture and prose
flowers guess and miss
machinery is the more accurate, yes
it delivers the goods, Heaven knows

(yet are we mindful, though not as yet awake,
of ourselves which shout and cling, being
for a little while and which easily break
in spite of the best overseeing)

i mean that the blond absence of any program
except last and always and first to live
makes unimportant what i and you believe;
not for philosophy does this rose give a damn . . .

bring on your fireworks, which are a mixed
splendor of piston and pistil; very well
provided an instant may be fixed
so that it will not rub, like any other pastel.

(While you and i have lips and voices which
are for kissing and to sing with
who cares if some oneeyed son of a bitch
invents an instrument to measure Spring with?

each dream nascitur, is not made . . .)
why then to Hell with that: the other; this,
since the thing perhaps is
to eat flowers and not to be afraid.

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  1. abbiescorner

    Today, I'm doing what I normally do on Wednesdays, looking at other blogs. This gives me ideas for future blog posts of my own and sometimes for poems and stories.

  2. klahanie

    Hi Damyanti,

    Have you been waiting for me? Yay and here I am! 🙂

    " I feel my writing today is sharp, and clear, almost too easy. It makes me afraid." What does that fear mean? Does it mean that it worries you to feel good about your writing? In my reality beyond writing, there are times I have felt really good and I had this feeling of guilt about feeling good.

    Today I shall spend time being in the background. Lost in my thoughts of a better world for all of us.

    Take care and embrace the magic of your writing.

    Gary 🙂

  3. D Biswas

    So lovely to get a glimpse into such varied lives! Thank you, everyone, for stopping by, and sharing what you're doing. I'm trying not to get sucked under– too many household chores, and also the pressure of deadlines both for my WIP and my bread-and butter writing. Sigh.

    I'm repeating to myself lines from the above poem:

    i mean that the blond absence of any program /except last and always and first to live/makes unimportant what i and you believe; /not for philosophy does this rose give a damn . .

  4. Michelle Stanley

    I went to the supermarket earlier. I'm now trying to finish a book for a review, do some writing and bloghop. My work schedule was revised, but sometimes feel the pressure to accomplish everything I want to do in a day.

  5. rsagarcia

    It's been hard lately. Like pushing a stone uphill. But I'm going to take a real crack at it later day. Have to or I'll miss my personal deadline!

  6. Conlee Ricketts

    Beautiful. Today…reading, editing, and went out in high heels. That last one was WAY out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed it. I kinda felt like a grown up, or one of those suburban moms that I am surrounded by but don't quite belong with. Fun any way because the point is to not be afraid right? visiting on the road trip and having fun. Conlee http://www.conleericketts.com/blogging

  7. cleemckenzie

    Leave it e.e. Cummings to nail the essence of a thing in short, satirical strokes. I've been one of his fans for years and often listen for that sound of "Far and Wee."

    Yesterday was a day to read. Ahhhh! That's me sighing with contentment.

  8. Stephanie Faris

    HAPPY! A year ago, I was working for the state, dealing with fixing people's computers. Today I'm writing all day–doing what I love. And somewhere, some child may be reading my book at this very moment. Life is good!

  9. Melanie Schulz

    Today I am plugging away. I'm writing a little, and spending time with my kids a little, and gardening a little, all in hopes that a little thing done each day adds up to something big.

  10. Susan Scott

    'not for philosophy does this rose give a damn . . . ' beautiful words by e.e. thanks Damyanti. Yup, a busy day. Tidying my desk in my study will take another half hour of filing. Hope to get in some writing on WIP plus a blog by tonight. Respond to other blogs, such as I'm doing now … And, something I SELDOM do, out for lunch. Hopefully no longer than an hour and a half, including getting there … give grateful thanks for this lovely sunny day here in South Africa..
    Garden of Eden Blog

  11. Imogen Elvis

    I'm spending time with my family today and writing assignments. It's just that time of year. I'm feeling pretty good about most thungs I'm doing today, but I'm yearning for skme extra hours in a day to work on my writing. Why can't days be longer?

  12. Nick Wilford

    I did my writing first thing this morning at 5am because my kids were off school, it being a Bank Holiday here. It was quite slow. Monday mornings are usually bad, but I was still half asleep! Since then, just hanging out and trying to avoid any onerous jobs. It is a holiday after all! 🙂