Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Letting Go of the Conceit by Holly Day

Imparting tiny grains of colored sand with intricate thoughts
One giant flower covering the ground. It was so beautiful
I wanted take it home with me.

After it was done, he smeared great swaths of color against itself until
It was nothing but white sand.
It should have changed my life. I should have taken it away with me
Let his day disappear in the pursuit of beauty, but just the beauty of the moment.

I fully intended to go home and erase everything I had ever written
With the artist’s apparent satisfaction at the act of creation
Should be enough for me, too. 

Holly Day, Minnesota, USA 


Crafty Green Poet said...

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Slant, and The Tampa Review, and she is the 2011 recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are "Walking Twin Cities" and "Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch."

Anonymous said...

Your poetry is beautiful !!

janetld said...

Very nice, perceptive, sensitive.

Yes, we need to remember this: "...the act of creation
Should be enough for me, too." (Though, of course, I'm also glad you shared your creation w/us.)