It’s not hundred percent, there’s birdcall, thinned
by the distance, the bird’s far off somewhere -
not tuneful but harsh, a throb on the wind,
the gnawing of water at the island’s fringe
a claypan of sound under the shallow layer
of silence. There are different kinds, incomplete
even when it’s peaceful outside, all tranquil;
the red noise still continues its own beat
strums its strings, digs its toes into the beach,runs fingers down its own skin, can’t be still.
You know, I had this dream in my head of a recuperative, relaxed September after the total merry-go-round of August. This image that I would settle down languidly on the couch every morning. The coffee mug would refill magically every hour. And I would have written this perfect couplet by noon and then polished it till it outshone a diamond by nightfall. Ha! Pfft! Mice, men, gang agley with a vengeance. The image has had to be...um, revised drastically downward.
The honest truth is - the MOOC I did over summer turned out terribly addictive. Once it finished end Aug, in some weird, panicked fit of withdrawal I went and signed up for some more. So there goes 'languid' out of the window for now, no hope of getting it back into my life till November at least, when the current ones end. I hope to work the addiction out of my system by then and get back to my 20 words a day type output. We shall see.
The good news is of course lots of stuff to read and ye olde horizons expanded, and then those long horizons might just wriggle themselves into the writing somehow I hope. And gazillions of writing assignments, too. It all adds up, though I am not sure exactly how or up to what.
But I do have a grip on my iambs finally, I think, and may even begin to understand feet and meter and stuff like that very soon. I might even take a stab at a properly dressed sonnet in its tux standing on its own feet over here. Who knows?
Is your life languid right now? I hope it is as languid as you want it to be.