I was feeling a bit spontaneous last week and I signed up for a poetry postcard festival in August at Concrete Wolf. The deal is you get a list of names (randomly generated) of those who have signed up to receive postcards. In order to receive a postcard with poetry on it, you must also write a poem on a postcard and send off one postcard per day for the month of August. I thought this was pretty nifty as a summer project to kick start creativity.
What has surprised me the most so far is that I have a great postcard collection that has been sitting in dust for years. I am thrilled to be actively doing something with them!
Below is a sample of two poems I am working on which are completely related to the picture on the postcard. Many of the postcards I have collected are from Japan. These were inspired by Haiku. I am not a Haiku writer, but I couldn’t resist doing a couple for the postcards. A short form works quite well with postcard size.
Tiny jewel, you
are no Ligurian sea
But, I love you still.
At the center of
Kiyumizu’s heart, I stand
holding one blossom.