For We Write Poems prompt: Not Poetry
The hawk and I were hunters this morning.
(Writing Tips From Odd Thomas)
Lots of people rewrite their past,
rather than face up to it.
Recognizing the structure
of your psychology doesn’t mean
that you can easily rebuild it.
Give the narrative a lighter tone
than you think it deserves, lighter
than you think you can bear to give it…
because you won’t find the truth
of life in morbidity,
only in hope.
Writing isn’t a source of pain.
It’s psychic chemotherapy. It reduces
your psychological tumors
and relieves your pain.
And so it begins,
I’m not writing this for money. I am
writing it to save my sanity
and to discover if I can convince myself
that my life has purpose and meaning
enough to justify continued existence.
Elizabeth Crawford (with a whole lot of help from Dean Koontz) 1/4/11
Process Notes: We were to take full sentences from works that were not poetry and somehow shape them into a poem. I found this clearly defined subplot in the fiction novel Odd Thomas, written by Dean Koontz. His words are italicized, and as you can see, I had very little to do with this one, other than placement and focus. We find truth in some of the oddest places.