"Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest
form of learning."— George Bernard Shaw
Welcome to Day 4 of FEET IN THE CREEK.
For each day I have chosen a favorite poem, a favorite poet, or a favorite friend. I will look at the work, decide what draws me to it, what makes it resonate for me, and then write my own poem about the creek with those techniques in mind. These are first drafts, so nothing will be especially polished, but they will be starting points for revision after the month is done. Feel free to follow along or join in.
Today's poet is Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. Michelle gave me permission to browse her blog, Today's Little Ditty, and choose an original poem for today's post. "The Story of Nothing" is one of my favorites, and it's a perfect follow up to Saturday's FEET IN THE CREEK Douglas Florian post as this was Michelle's response to Douglas' My Little Ditty Challenge in January. Click here for Michelle's interview with the man himself.
THE STORY OF NOTHING
To Miranda on her 13th Birthday
At first there was Nothing—
not an inkling,
not a hint,
not even a whisper of déjà vu.
Then, Nothing grew.
It was hardly noticeable really.
Like a thought
perched on the kitchen counter
swinging her carrot peel legs,
wondering what’s for dinner.
In time, she became
an idea, a notion, a dream….
Such lofty aspirations,
though entirely unremarkable.
Nothing was a good girl.
She never stepped out of line.
Until the day she met you.
Born from a glorious wave
together, you surged with the grace of a typhoon.
Make a DIFFERENCE!
Make a DIFFERENCE!
SAVE the EARTH!
one heart at a time.
And nothing about Nothing
stayed the same.
© 2016 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. All rights reserved. Used with permission of the author.
My Intention: Since I didn't participate in the January My Little Ditty Challenge to write a poem about nothing, today I will write that poem about nothing--at the creek.
There's Nothing to Do!
Well, go and do nothing
outside, my mother said.
So I sat on a rock
and did nothing until
an ant crawled over my shoe.
I watched and did nothing.
The ant scurried one way and scuttled
another on six tiny legs in a very big hurry
until he encountered another small ant
that reared up its head like my angry big brother
and threatened with mandibles striking
like claws. My ant turned and paused
looking for his advantage. He found a pebble
and climbed atop. The attacker stopped.
I'm king of this hill, my ant declared.
The other ant stared at my ant's great height.
The ant attacker lost the fight, he turned
and searched for a hole in the sand. He ran.
When mom called me in,
she said, What did you do?
Nothing, I answered.
© 2016 Doraine Bennett. All rights reserved.