Sunday, August 13, 2006

so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

yesss! i finished round 6 of 30/30 (a poem a day) today! i honestly did not expect to make it this time, it was a bit tough at times. most of the poems were part of the greek letter series, with a few haiga / photo-poems thrown in on days when nothing else would come.

that series, the secret meanings of greek letters, is now done, too. i wrote the 24th poem, omega, this afternoon. now some revisions are in order, and then i'll try and find a publisher for a chapbook.

the secret meanings of greek letters: omega (Ω ω)

an eye looks down at the earth. six days pass,
tall trees shed their cloaks, a creek mates
with cold air, withdraws beneath thin ice.

a hand points at a puzzle. two prayers form
on untrained lips: one for the missing piece,
one for protection from all things complete.

toes draw in wet sand: seven circles, seven
sheep staring out to sea. its lopsided face gives
nothing away, its mouth won't speak of graves.

an eye looks up at the sky. it says to you, in
a language of shadow and light: there will be
no darkness behind a door closed until dawn.

this is the last blog entry for a while. sepp and i are picking up our rental car tomorrow around 1pm and driving south. the weather - which has been horrible since that heatwave ended - seems to be improving. we'll stop at my parents' tomorrow and take it from there. the plan is to conquer a few mountains in the area (carinthia, salzburg, east tyrol) and visit our friend alex in south tyrol, and manfred and his family near graz on our way back. if the weather is no good, we will drive south to croatia. we'll be back on 31 august, and i'm sure there will be a few stories to tell and some pictures to share.

have a great time, i hope the sun will shine for you!

song of the day: suzanne vega - tom's diner

11 comments:

lorguru said...

congratulations on finishing the round, michi! And you thought you might not make it. I had faith in you (just not in myself!)
I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy and relax!

csperez said...

hi, linked here from Ang's blog and just wanted to say i enjoyed the poem posted here.

is it okay if i link to your blog from my blog?

blindelephant.blogspot.com

thanks!

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Congratulations on finishing another 30, Michi!! I'm hoping to start a new round in September. Have a great time on your vacation!!

Collin said...

Congrats on the poems, M!!! I'll miss your blogging, but have a wonderful trip. Bring back great stories with you. :)

SarahJane said...

have a great trip. bin mega-neidisch!

michi said...

thanks everyone!

cs - yes feel free to link to me, i will return the favour when i am back!

sarah - so was i when you went away! ;)

my word verification says acytzsaw, clearly a misspelling of acid saw, which is one of the most important camping utensils ever.

yeah right. see. i am desperately in need of a holiday.

m

Shelley said...

Wow, 6 cycles of 30/30 is DAMN impressive! Yay you!

Schone Reise!

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

Finishing the cycle is great. That's not an easy task. Have a good trip.

Liz said...

Michi, have a great holiday. It's been good doing 30:30 with you....:)....just off to put the foot down on our rented car as well :)

Liz

jenni said...

otiHave a great time! Many blessings and poems!

jenni said...

mich -- it is aug 30th and i am missing your posts! hope you're having a wonderful time!