What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

Color and Ducks

C

The song I’m listening to at the moment is called “King and Lionheart” but I feel like the furthest thing from either of those descriptors. Actually, I feel down right now and downright weak, old and fat. The stress and fatigue have grown exponentially from each day to the next this week and I definitely haven’t been taking good care of myself (I love donuts but I miss vegetables…). Still, all the preparation and backbreak will have been worth it when I see my girl on Sunday and we begin the next phase of our lives together.

Also, I read a poem today in The Writer’s Almanac that really also slapped me awake for a moment. I’ve never really read much of Sylvia Plath’s work and I guess my generic expectation for her is not one of inspiration and energy, but the poem I read today left me excited and quite write-jealous. It’s called “Child” and I especially love the second line. Enjoy!

Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with color and ducks,
The zoo of the new

Whose names you meditate —
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,
Little

Stalk without wrinkle,
Pool in which images
Should be grand and classical

Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.

“Child” by Silvia Plath, from Collected Poems of Silvia Plath.
We are bruised and broken masterpieces…
@c

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By AC
What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com

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