We're waiting For TFE. We're not gettin' on the bus without him. Except....we've been promised a birthday celebration. Does that mean cake? If there's cake we may board. We WILL board, in fact, if there is cake. Mildred is hoping for gluten free, and Albertus has issues with eggs. Bertrand is on a lactose free diet, and Portia is hoping for chocolate. Lemon gives Martressa the vapours. But I like cake - any kind. Mmmm cake.
Vick at Poetry Jam has graciously offered to manage the Poetry Bus Station. His is the last office on the left. Next to the water cooler. The sign on the door says POETRY JAM. Hmmm reminds me of jam cake and jelly rolls....where's that bus!
This poem may be just the ticket for this week's birthday themed poetry bus ride:
I once thought that my mom was old
Oh yes, my father too
In retrospect I made that claim
When they were 32
I've long surpassed that golden year
I just turned 59
And look with reconditioned eyes
Upon these peers of mine
With each decade old gets older
I re-negotiate my gauge
And live well by the rule of thumb:
Age is relative to age
Cynthia A Conciatu
I've missed the last two or three bus rides! I thought by riding each week I might write many new poems. As always though, my poems come when they are good and ready. They are inspired by a few words, a scene, an event, an emotion and when that happens, the poem practically writes itself, beginning to end with few revisions. Strange but true. It's very rare that I can just sit down and write on command, or write because I want to. I've tried it and I usually end up with something I'm not the least bit happy with. It sounds forced, lacks the stuff of poetry, and I end up submitting (like today) something that I've already written - an inspiration that I managed to get on paper when it arrived. But I'll keep on trying and writing and Poetry riding.
Some exciting news: I submitted several of my poems for publication in the annual Eckerd Review. The poems were submitted anonymously and were among several hundred poems, short stories, writings and art work submitted by students, alumni, staff, and several organizations from my Alma Mater, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg Florida. Two of my poems were chosen for publication and I've been invited, along with the others to read at a reception on Wednesday, May 11! The poems are Chapters and Forget-Me-Nots.