Sunday, August 1, 2010

Poetry Train Monday - 163 - At Least


I'm taking part in The 3:15 Experiment for the first time ever.

It began back in 1993. I signed up to do it last year when I first heard about it, but I was only a few months into my acupuncture treatment, and at this point last year I was still struggling through my days with chronic pain issues.

I enjoyed reading the poems that emerged from this poetry event over at Art Predator's blog, however, and this year when it rolled around again, I made sure I was ready for it.

For more information on The 3:15 Experiment, visit Danika Dinsmore and Gwendolyn Alley and they'll fill you in on all the details.

The Coles Notes version:

Starting on the night of July 31/Aug. 1, set your alarm for 3:15 am, wake up, write a poem in the midst of your sleepiness and go back to sleep. Repeat each night for the month of August.

For today's Poetry Train, here is my first-ever middle-of-the-night poem, in its raw stage, as written at 3:30 this morning.













At Least


Tried to get home
But it had snowed
Tried to return
But the snowfall was epic
Tried to get inside
But the front of the house was plastered
Tried to clear the way
But there was no shovel
Dug in with my two hands
My two mittened hands
Snow shot up inside my sleeves
Tried to get in
Long hours ahead
Two mittened shovels

At least
The porch light was on

- Julia Smith, 2010

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Photo by Steve Gallagher

Naquillity says I do like the poems I've seen from the experiment and yours is no exception. I love what you did here. It's a great start to a month long exercise. Good luck.

Stan Ski says I might give it a go...It seems to work OK for you, in your trial run.

Aniket says I think its a nice idea to wake up "just" for writing and then sleeping. It should be given a try..

5 comments:

Naquillity said...

i've often thought of trying this experiment but, i just shudder the idea of waking at 3:15 every night. i do like the poems i've seen from the experiment though and yours is no exception. i love what you did here. it's a great start to a month long exercise. good luck.

Stan Ski said...

I might give it a go...
It seems to work OK for you, in your trial run.

Touchy Poem - Best Poems Collection said...

I think its a nice idea to wake up "just" for writing and then sleeping. It should be given a try..

danika dinsmore said...

Julia - I'm so glad you could join us here. This must have been from dream images, yes?

@Naquillity - if a whole month is too scary, you can try it for a week and see how you do.

Discoveries are made, the mind is such an interesting place. It can hold the events of your life and dreams at the same time. There is such surprise during the experiment, especially in the language used.

Jingle said...

well said,
love the playfulness in your words.