Monday, December 04, 2006

Triolet: Unnatural

I don’t know where today’s triolet comes from. I converted it from a longer free-verse draftwas working on that likely will go nowhere. It is dark, but I had to delete it in order to submit it to a journal. One good thing about form is that you know when you are finished with a poem, more or less, before the last-minute tinkerings.

Kathleen and I found a heap of mushrooms yesterday in the woods around the property. Most of them proved edible, mainly Zeller’s boletes. There was another bolete called a Slippery Jack, but the cap was slimy and the book told us to strip the skin off before cooking. Not easy to strip the skin off of a mushroom. We passed on the slimy shrooms.

I did not wake up feeling rested today and I remembered that if I were to stay up all night it would can provide a temporary reprieve from depression. But I don’t want to do that before my next shrink appointment Wednesday or it may falsely minimize my symptoms. I may do it afterwards; what do I have to lose but a little sleep?


At 3 Kilorats,

CE

7 comments:

  1. I rarely comment on personal journey's, because...well, they are personal. But I felt compelled to say "thank you" for sharing. There is a comfort in your words that takes the loneliness out of depression.

    And that's all he wrote.

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  2. journey's...hm. Remind me not to comment when I've only had two hours of sleep.

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  3. I've never heard that lack of sleep offers reprieve from symptoms of depression. Is this because the effect is like that of being medicated (forgive my ignorance)?

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  4. No one knows why it works, but it does--albeit usually no more than three or four days. Anything to shock the brain out of its rut--a physical threat, for instance, can bring me right out of the grasp of melancholy if I need to use my fists.

    Thanks for your kind comments, O Superhero Activist.

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  5. Strong poem. I particularly like "A flock of pelicans beat wings of flame." The rhythm serves it well.

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  6. This is a fine poem CE. The imagery, alive and strong. The opening line is a marvel. Thanks for the post.

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  7. Thank you, all. More than advice and compassion, comments on the daily poem help me--because they are evidence that I did one thing, at least. This is not to discount all the compassionate utterances and well-meant advice.

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