by henry b stevens
June 28 2008
as the mind
sits like a
on the curbing
watching a parade
Author's notes on the poem "marching."
This poem is a typical gift poem for me. I didn't sit dowm to write a poem. This poem came, as so many of my poems, as I woke up from sleep with the poem in my head. When this happens I get up and go to the kitchen counter where I have left a pen and blank paper the night before and just start writing. I do not turn on a light but just write in the dark.
When finished I go back to bed and back to sleep.
In the morning I enter my gift into my computer using Notepad and process it from there.
Sure I do some neating up and may even rewrite parts here and there. But a surprising number end up appearing on AD and other places pretty much as they were written down.
It happened that "marching" was a poem published on AD as written with one correction. I crossed out an unnecessary word. But sometimes my "gift" is just some notes to work with for a poem or essay. I am happy for whatever I recieve.
I wonder how my friends on AD write most of their material?