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WORD BREAKS

I rise from the bed, make coffee, 
drink the obligatory first cup, sending 
me racing to the "salle de bain" to begin
a day of eliminating the negative, 
accentuating the positive, as Bing Crosby 
instructed in our youthful days.

I select from a stack of magazines, 
one, waiting to be opened, read about
the history of chess and young grandmasters, 
considering that at 80, grandmistress 
of nothing, I should teach myself chess, 
swim good enough to compete, sky dive
into the air over my island beneath a sexy 
instructor, coupling with the clouds.

Instead I cut out paper dolls: 
a poem by Donald Hall, hoping it will
teach me improved line breaks.  His, 
are impeccable.  Who is this guy and why
do I love him?  Then on the credits page, 
"Former poet laureate".  No wonder, 
I say, no freaking wonder!

I once asked my workshop director
from a former life in Atlanta, "Just how 
important are line breaks?"  HUGE,
he replies.  "Rats." I say, "never be a poet."
Still, I want to be a scary, frightening
poet like Robinson Jeffers.  I go
where the pain is, try couplets, take out 
all adjectives, see what's left, watch 
participles; turn, counter-turn, 
and stand.

The word at the end of any line is most 
important.  Break on nouns, verbs,
and the words that describe them:
"When the blackberries hang / swollen
in the woods," (Mary Oliver)  Timing,
as in most things, is everything, and I
have just broken all the rules

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  1. Date: 5/16/2011 7:34:00 PM
    Marvelous SIMPLY marvelous!Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/2/2011 11:04:00 AM
    Thanks for the advice, dear Nola. My memory is terrible these days - got ya by a year, I'm 81. Somehow, though, good advice sticks and, hopefully, I'll remember the word at the end of any line. Love, dave

  1. Date: 3/23/2011 5:41:00 AM
    I have enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry this morning Nola. May you have a beautiful day filled with inspiration. Love, Carol