My Poetry – a working draft “How it happens”
I’m writing and revising a lot of stuff lately, and since I don’t have anything 100% revised (and really, it’s impossible to have anything that figured out anyway), I thought I’d share a draft of a poem I’ve been working on. This poem is, and I’ll repeat this, a draft. It will be subject to some radical revision. The poem I ultimately wind up with could barely resemble the draft I’m putting up here. Though I do feel it’s heading in a positive direction.
How it happens
by Stephen Recker
Sometimes it’s easy.
Words just pour out like a smooth stream of water from a faucet.
But other times the line is clogged and drips.
You sit in the center of a room with your arms wrapped
around your legs rocking back and forth
for something to come, other than the steady
of the dripping faucet, and after hours
when the last ounce of patience is used up
and you can’t take the staccato rhythm,
you walk purposefully towards the faucet,
reach underneath, rip out the plumbing
and write, letting the page soak up
the water bursting from the line.