This is today’s mentor poem, found in the New York Times Magazine:
Fall Song by Joy Harjo
It is a dark fall day.
The earth is slightly damp with rain.
I hear a jay.
The cry is blue.
I have found you in the story again.
Is there another word for ‘‘divine’’?
I need a song that will keep sky open in my mind.
If I think behind me, I might break.
If I think forward, I lose now.
Forever will be a day like this
Strung perfectly on the necklace of days.
Your jacket hanging in the hallway
Next to mine.
I wanted mine to be switched up a bit — not follow the same nature to domestic reality pattern. At first I called it “Blog Song,” but soon my pen took over.
Pen Song by Helen Sadler
It is another writing day
My pen glides smoothly across the page
I hear my words
They cry “Dull!”
I am seeking a story again.
Is there another word for “bewildered”?
I need a song that will keep the sky open in my mind.
If I think of the past, I yawn.
If I think of the future, I idealize.
Forever will be a Sunday
Never quite being what I want it to be.
Gray. Just gray.
Declining water line.
My pen slowly running out of ink
and patience with me.