A poet once recommended that an aspiring poet write one bad poem a day (Does anyone remember who said this?). I add…refrain from judging whether your poem is good or not because a poem typically begins with a rough draft. Personal expression through poetry, especially in the initial stages of getting it down on paper, doesn’t benefit from judging. I think that the poet was actually saying, WRITE DAILY!
According to Wikipedia, “Olav Håkonson Hauge was a Norwegian poet. He was born in Ulvik and lived his whole life there, working as a gardener in his own orchard.” Following is one of his poems:
One Poem A Day
by Olav Håkonson Hauge
I’ll write one poem a day,
That should be easy enough.
Browning did it for a while, though
he rhymed and beat time
with his bushy eyebrows.
So, one poem a day.
Something strikes you,
something catches your attention.
–I get up. It’s lighter.
Have good intentions.
And see the bullfinch rise from the cherry tree,
Here’s another one by Olav Håkonson Hauge:
The cat is sitting
when you come.
Talk a bit with the cat.
He is the most sensitive one here.
Note: Poetry can be this seemingly basic.
Isn’t writing, whether poetry or prose, about observation–of our feelings, nature, encounters, our environment, caught phrases, daily life experiences, our own introspection? Again, inspiration is everywhere when we are awake to it.
Writing daily is a habit. Do you have this habit? If so, yay!
If not, try writing a poem a day for 21-days–it can be any length. That’s the challenge! Be accountable and share your journey with someone.