Snippets, Poems, and Reflections: Day 11
The past two days were jam-packed with work and family activities. Even though I didn't physically revise the next snippet, I did a lot of mental writing and jotted down some ideas. Today, I got back on schedule and worked on a revision. I spent most of my writing time thinking about the last line in my poem. I was trying to make it fit into the form I'm using, but no matter how much I reworked it, I didn't like anything as much as my original idea. Then I remembered a graduate level poetry class I took many years ago when had a similar problem. My professor, who has published several chapbooks of poetry, said that when it comes to choosing between meaning and following a strict form, always go with meaning. I admire her as a poet and a teacher so I decided to take her advice and write the last line the way it needed to be to get my meaning across. I may change it later on, but for now, it feels right. I think it's the same with most things in life, sometimes we have to step out of the box to get where we want to go.