Twitter poetry 2021: Week 18

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021.

I’ve come to belated realize that my Twitter poetry goal inherently requires me to write more poetry than I would otherwise attempt to produce. And it’s not simply that I’m striving to write at least one poem daily…

It’s also that Twitter poetry is short by nature, and I like to play with longer forms of poetry too, meaning that I cannot crosspost these longer poems of mine to my Twitter account. So, on any given day, if I take the time to craft a long poem, I will still have to create an additional shorter poem for Twitter.

When I first began this poetic odyssey, I certainly did not think it would be so intensive.

Anyway, below is my 18th week of Twitter poems:

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,
David

Twitter poetry 2021: Week 17

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021.

As time goes by, I am increasingly feeling that writing poetry defines me. I honestly can’t imagine how I’ll feel by the end of this year if I continue to stick to this commitment. It will be pretty awesome to look by at all of my poems come December 31st!

BTW, today marks the 1st anniversary of my 1st blog post here on the ‘Skeptic’s Kaddish’. Time flies when you’re having fun 🥳

Below is my 17th week of Twitter poems:

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,
David

Momentary heartbeats, or: Silence

Jerusalem, Israel

We live in Jerusalem, our apartment at an intersection on a major thoroughfare, the central north-south artery running through the city center. This is convenient for a family with no vehicle; a bus stop rests just outside our window, making the Jerusalem downtown readily accessible.

As you can well imagine, we constantly hear the sounds of traffic from our home. Ambulances, police cars, honking, stop announcements from passing busses… Our landlord told me that he could never live in such a noisy place as this (his grandparents were the ones who purchased and once lived in this apartment). Nevertheless, none of this bothers us – we’re used to noisy city life.

Right now, at 1:40 AM, the bus stop sits empty, visible under the street lights. Little Israeli flags flutter above it, stretching over the thoroughfare, as Israel Independence Day was just two weeks ago. The soft rumbling of car engines is heard, a reminder of humanity’s footprint. The day’s heavy winds have given way to a chilly night breeze, but it’s strong enough yet that I decided to pull the window closed immediately after snapping a photograph.

Stillness in motion
Silence is momentary
Israel's heartbeats

d’Verse haibun Monday:

‘The present moment’

The d’Verse prompt: Let us now bear witness to the present moment! However you experience it, write a haibun that expresses the present moment.

Twitter poetry 2021: Week 16

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021.

In retrospect, I would say that this idea of writing daily poetry on my Twitter account, which did not take long to merge into the stream of poetry that I produce on this blog, was directly responsible for my increased output.

Perhaps that seems obvious to you, but when I took this challenge upon myself, I thought, “How hard could this be? I can write one haiku daily – no big deal!” However, in truth, even poems of very few words take me a while to write; and -also- writing poetry seems to have a snowballing effect on me.

The more I write, the more I am driven to write. It is (and maybe I am) a bit crazy.

Below is my 16th week of Twitter poems:

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,
David