Welcome to Four Lines! I have a goal I would like to write at least four lines of poetry or a haiku every day for the rest of my life. I'm excited about this challenge! Also, along with my daily poem, I will be reading at least four lines of another author's poetry. I'll try to include that here also. So I'm thinking - how difficult can it be to read and then write one poem a day? We will see! - Claudia

All poems on this blog, unless noted, are written by Claudia Callaghan.
© 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Claudia Callaghan
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Which beads to choose?
I have a million beads.
These ancient stones,
I tell my children,
are finer than antiques.

Which beads to choose
to place, to grace, to lace
upon this silver wire? -
the spool a present
for my birthday last year.

Which beads to choose,
which flowers to vase?
It is an act of balance,
ying and yang,
simple and complex.

It is a sublime puzzle
to pick stones that purr
when placed together.
Everything has energy,
you know.

One must love
and practice to blend,
mix, add, delete, decide...

to write a dynamic line
that speaks on its own,
demanding memorization,

to shape and reshape
clay on the potter's wheel,
until the form says fire,

and also, to choose which beads to use.

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