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Common Miracles



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Common Miracles

Post  Pat on Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:04 pm

Which title?   Any thoughts, welcome.

God Is in the Details  (or Common Miracles)  

Am I making too much of the common,
the ordinary?
Every day, they pop out of nowhere:
ditch lilies, floorboards creaking, 
short-handled broom, a haunting afterthought,
a somersault.

The builders across the river
tap and hammer near the far bank.
I clink a spoon against a cup.

Call me old or dysfunctional,
but wherever I look and listen,
come this way
in the form of music, salt, 
elbows, talk, poetry, a baby.

Then there's breath
and fancydancing
going on inside my body,
cells galloping like wild horses
to finger snaps.

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Re: Common Miracles

Post  Karen on Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:29 pm

Mmm.  I like this.  Good stuff.  

My 2 cents – 

Common Miracles for the title.

Omit the common from the first line and move the ordinary up to its place.

Work on lines 4-6 to give them the rhythmic list quality of lines 14-15. 

Ditch the disclaimer at the beginning of stanza 3, begin it with Miracles.

It would be stronger to omit like before wild horses and make the last line wild horses to finger snaps.

If fancydancing as a compound word is a typo, please leave it!

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Capt'n Cutt Returns

Post  tsukany on Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:30 am


I wonder if you like cutting stanzas 2 and 4?  Then try reading S4 as S1 and end the poem with S1.  short and to the point in two stanzas.

I agree that "common miracles" is better as title.


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