Journal 6

Morris Lewis

Choice three

 

 

The Day the Sun Never Rose

 

I always believed in truth.

I always felt right would triumph.

I always tried to be honest.

I always wanted to be remembered.

 

How did corruption become prevalent?

How did expediency take control?

How did dishonesty become the norm?

How did I lead such a useless life?

 

Democracy died when people stopped caring.

Then fairness and truth became unnecessary.

Right and justice became inconvenient.

Honesty became expendable because it was not expedient and

I will be forgotten because when I had the chance to speak up

I refused.

 

Journal 5

Nazi Centro

 

This is the world we wanted.

What is important to avoid is boring.

We must not say so.

And there is another thing he has in mind

Age approaches, slowly.

I dream you into being more & more

I see the human form

He stood in a clearing, reading his verse out loud.

I made quite sure he spotted me

I thought every German was you.

Daddy, I had to kill you.

 

 

(Sources: Louise Gluck, Simone Muench, John Berryman, Simone Muench, Carol Ann Duffy, Sylvia Plath)

Journal 4

 

1.

The cows stand under the trees in the wet grass, lifting their necks to pull leaves down.

We slow the truck, pull over to the side of the road to watch them.

How graceful they look, how unlike themselves.

We get out and lean on the fence.

The cows don’t seem to notice we are there.

 

Sentence by sentence —Here the emphasis is on the cows eating leaves, slowing down to watch them, getting out of the truck by the fence and the cows do not care. The poem does not seem to flow easily. The first line is awkward and to long. The pacing of the poem is slower then my other two examples.

 

2.

The cows stand under the trees in the wet grass,

lifting their necks to pull leaves down.

We slow the truck, pull over to the side of the road to watch them.

How graceful they look, how unlike themselves.

We get out and lean on the fence.

The cows don’t seem to notice we are there.

 

Line by line – – – emphasis is now on the cows standing in the wet grass

Then it shifts to the cows eating. The following line emphasis pulling of the road to watch the cows. The cows look different graceful not like lumbering animals. The watchers are unnoticed by the cows. The action flows better then example 1 but the rhythm does not seem to flow. The point of emphasis has moved a little in each line.

 

3.

The cows stand under the trees

in the wet grass,

lifting their necks

to pull leaves down.

We slow the truck, pull over

to the side of the road

to watch them.

How graceful they look,

how unlike themselves.

We get out and lean on the fence.

The cows don’t seem to notice we are there.

 

Here we have shortened the lines making the action move faster. I feel the rhythm flows smoothly, even though the pace is quicker. The voice is clearer resting with the watchers.

Journal 3 poem 2

Concussion

A life changing incident can

happen quickly as a rifle shot.

Concussions are like that

conscious, unconscious, conscious changing

like the speed of a racer.

Life changing as if green rose

from the ground to the sky.

Who is that child?

He is your grandson

oh how nice.

Sometimes you get well

back to where you started.

Sometimes like a diving hawk

things fly by and disappear.

It is as if an explosion tossed

your memories, scattering them over the landscape.

Concusions are like taking a meat grinder to your mind.

Recovery is slow as if a contractor is

building a house, which you hope will be

livable when it is done.

journal3

Concusion

A life changing incident can

happen quickly as a lighting strike.

Concusions  are like that

conscience, unconscience, conscience

like the speed of a thunder-clap.

Life changed as if rain now rose

from the ground to the sky.

Who is that child

your grandson

how nice.

Sometimes you get well

back to where you started

sometimes like a shooting star

things have flown by and disappeared

as if a tornado tossed

your memories scattering them over the landscape.

Concussions are like tsunamis in your mind

spreading destruction.

Recovery is slow

like growing crops

planting, growing, harvesting. Putting

peices of who you were together

like a caterpillar building a cocoon

you hope will yield a butterfly

Journal 2

  1. In the town of Morristown, New Jersey,
  2.  is a town square, where in an early spring morning you can hear the grass growing and trees budding.
  3. Ignoring the “Do not walk on the grass sign” I was given a trespassing ticket by the police.
  4. Grass grows best when fertilized and watered.
  5. A blade of grass can cut you like a knife,
  6. One blade cut my index finger to the bone.
  7. Who knew one would bled that much from a small cut

8.  My grandson told his father he enjoys rolling in the grass with the dog.
9.  I want to enjoy the simple things like my worry free Grandson.
10. By enjoying the simple things I know I am growing younger.
11. Just imagine watching sheep being used to cut the grass, how peaceful.

12.Does lemon grass soup really contain grass?
13. I saw a fellow walking across the grass do a face plant.
14. The Gardner said he hated finding used condoms in the grass.

15. I know no one grows younger but what a pleasant thought.

16. Why is it so hard for me to grow grass in my yard?
17.I need to have my John Deere serviced.
18.My Grandson likes to ride on the tractor with me when I cut the grass.
19.Love it is a Grandson.

20.I can’t stop thinking how much work it takes to grow a quality lawn.
21.After working on the lawn my entire body is tired, but my back always hurts.
22.In a few short weeks it will be time to seed, fertilize, and aerate the lawn, damm I should hire someone.
23. W.C.Fields was known to scream and chase: dogs, birds, and kids off his lawn.

24. When the grass cut my finger the blood mixing with the morning dew ran pink not red.
25.Enough daydreaming, just cut the grass!

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