#SoCS: Stream of Consciousness helped me write a moon poem

There’s a lot going on today. The Write Hive Conference has workshops and presentations all day and it’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS) with the prompt “mash,” so that should be an interesting combination (a day of stream of consciousness while attending a conference).

One of the sponsors for Write Hive is Prowritingaid which will have another free conference next week. Crime Writer’s Week starts on Monday and has interesting presentations and events all week. The Networking events look like fun.

Now to some poetry~

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a moon poem.

The Poem-a-day challenge is to write a waiting poem.

Over at the A to Z Challenge they are asking what you do on your “Off Day.” I really like today’s Janus word, overlook (1) To watch closely; (2) to fail to notice

Time for some stream of consciousness. Hopefully, there will be a poem in there.

It worked! All of the prompts came together. Even “mash” got into the poem. Just for fun, here’s a section of my stream of consciousness before I got to the poem:

. . . “mash”: a pulpy mass. I mash black beans, then fry them up for my feta and beans on toast. That’s pretty much the only thing I mash. I just mashed a tiny, black sugar ant that crawled on me, that’s what my summers are about” mashing ants. Not this year. This year I will win the battle somehow. . .

The battle plan for the ants goes on for a while then I get to the poem when I write, “What does any of that have to do with mash or overlook or the moon or waiting?” Then the poem kind of spilled out.

Reflected moonlight – bokeh photograph by Maria L. Berg 2020

He is a Selfish Moon

Am I waiting for the moon,
so I can mash his stupid,
smug face in–
the way he overlooks the pain
he brings, the tidal pull
of our waters, powerless
to the moon’s whims

that peeping moon’s
bright light, pouring
across the lawn,
and streaming through windows
in the middle of the night,
does he think I don’t see
him reflected in the water
in the morning?

He is not camouflaged
in a cloudless sky.

4 thoughts on “#SoCS: Stream of Consciousness helped me write a moon poem

  1. Pingback: Reflecting on the use of Janus words in my April poems | Experience Writing

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