The Daily Turn #6: Scribble

Scribble Some thoughts can by typed with whole hands like hellos and how are yous the birth of a baby, the recipe for spice cake, the exchange of addresses, and the table of contents. Some thoughts can be typed with thumbs– abbreviations for you and tonight exclamations, commands NOW! HURRY!!! I’m here, plz call. But…

The Daily Turn #5: Grandma

Today is my Grandma’s birthday And also the anniversary of her death. As if she’d planned it– To live exactly 98 years and then Retire from this life And the weary work of wearing A failing body To do all the things she had missed: Traveling to new places, Visiting with childhood friends, Laughing with…

The Daily Turn #4: Naming All the Colors

Naming all the colorsis harder than you think–best if left until the first cup of lavender-grey teahas made its waythrough all five senses. The table is pinkerin the morning(on this kind of morning–a pale wood-rose)than in the dandelion lightof afternoon.And the pink of each morningis a different pinkWhich my daughter seems to know instinctively:Coming down the…

The Daily Turn #3: Practice

This is a poem that I started writing in my head while the girls and I were driving to the store.  Rosie, age 5, was practicing the tin whistle, while Paloma, age 4, was just talking nonstop to no one in particular in the very back of the van.  I only caught about 20% of…

The Daily Turn #2: Photograph

More now Than maybe ever I am longing for hours. To scratch out ideas On brightly-colored paper With the sharpest-possible-point of pencil. And Thought, like a bird perched Ready to fly Somewhere he has never been: The dirt-bank edge of a glassy lake The shoulder of an ancient tree Uncut grass, ripe with wild violets…

The Daily Turn: 30 Days of Original Poems by Mackenzie Chester

I continue to savor the reawakening of the creative me–I can almost feel it tangibly after missing it for so long through the haze of pregnancy and those first few weeks of life with a newborn.  We have really settled into a good routine around here.  I am making some small steps towards getting my…