DaPo. . . wha? Yes, well, I realized I was calling this project NaPoRecMo, and then I realized that I hadn’t exactly started a national movement here for recording poems. This is just me here, David, the self-appointed “Dad Poet,” recording poems that I like, old favorites and new discoveries. There is really no set rule about it.
Last year during Poetry Month I felt a little pressured to bring you not just poems I liked, but a wide variety of poets, thirty in fact, including myself, and a representation of some of the best from Shakespeare, to Wallace Stevens, to Billy Collins.
It was a great challenge, and impossible to do such a goal justice with just thirty poems (of course it helps to throw in the bonus tracks), so this year I decided just to have fun with it. Poetry is one of the joys of my life so why get all self-important about it? So I’ve been reading a lot of new poems, even some that are only new to me, a few of them written by poets I thought I knew well.
Although William Stafford is a favorite (I’ve recorded at least 13 of his poems), I didn’t know today’s poem until I recently found that photo there on your left (click on it for the larger, readable version.), and unfortunately I cannot remember where this came from. Someone on WordPress, I think, posted about finding it carved into this stone in a park somewhere. Jenifer Bullis might know, as she has stumbled upon Stafford poems in the woods before, more specifically along the Methow River in Washington State where Stafford was commissioned by the National Park Service to write poems for roadside signs. If I’ve lifted the photo from your blog or a blog you’ve read, please let me know so I can link to it and give the proper credit.
This is only day eleven of the thirty days of Poetry Month (notice, I dropped the nationalism?), so there is a lot ahead to explore, including some bloggers in the neighborhood to visit. We’ll pop in on some of my favorites and see what they are up to. I’m not the only one recording, and many of them are writing and recording their own good work, and a few do it all year round, not just in April. So I hope you are enjoying the trip.
I stopped by the quarry ponds again today where I saw the eagles a few days ago. I remembered the tripod for the scope, but the road block still kept me too far back to identify more than the Canada Geese and a few ducks that I think were Black Ducks. Oh, and one grebe, Pie-Billed? Hard to tell from that distance, even with the scope up to 45 power. I heard more small bird calls than I did the day before. Warm weather has been bringing in the migrants, though I confess that I am better at water fowl and birds of prey. I don’t know my songbird calls like I should. Lots of chickadees in the area, and even more Red-winged Blackbirds than before. Oh! And my first American Kestrel of the season. Lovely little lady sitting on a wire, before she took off, beating that snappy wing beat across the fields. Beat, beat beat, soar. Beat, beat, beat, beat, soar. . .
But sadly no Great Blue Heron today, and no Bald Eagles. Rain drops though, and a coming storm that hastened me back to the car. But I guess that’s just the way it is.
The Way It Is
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
- Yes by William Stafford (rachelrhenry.wordpress.com)
- My thanks to William Stafford (jmsimpson.wordpress.com)
- On Mindfulness & Now (lightskinnededgirl.typepad.com)
- The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems (wordwabbit.wordpress.com)
- David Reads from April’s Poetry Magazine, Part 2 (dadpoet.wordpress.com)
- this is what the whole thing is about (givemeadaisy.com)
- David Reads “God on a Tightrope,” by Marjorie Maddox (dadpoet.wordpress.com)