Welcome to dVerse, the poets’ pub. It’s Sarah here, your bartender for tonight. Come in and enjoy yourself!
One of the things I love about dVerse is that it is so…diverse! I want to really celebrate that tonight.
Tonight’s prompt was inspired by Qbit’s prompt from a couple of weeks ago. You can find it here: https://dversepoets.com/2018/10/01/haibun-monday-murmuration/. He asked us to write about the individual in a crowd. Three people wrote about their commute to work – Bjorn, Grace and Rosma – it was wonderful! I got to travel to Sweden, Canada and the Philippines. I don’t often get the chance to do that on a Monday night.
It made me think about my own commute. I travel through some beautiful scenery, but I rarely pay attention to it. I’m usually too busy thinking about what I’ll be doing at work, what I’ll cook for dinner, or what I’ll be doing for my blog tonight. Mindfulness practice reminds us to stay in the moment, to be aware of what’s happening around us right now – but it’s hard!
So tonight I want to travel with you. I want you to think about a journey you do regularly – you know, that journey that has become so routine you can get to your destination and think “How did I get here?”. Maybe it’s a journey to work, a journey to your family home, a journey to the beach, the market, a lover’s flat…
Spend a little time thinking about the journey itself, and about your thoughts and feelings as you travel. What’s it like as you set off? What’s it like as you arrive? Are there landmarks you always acknowledge? Are there features you are always surprised by?
Now, write a poem, and let me travel with you. I’m looking forward to the trip.
Enjoy the ride!