Friday, November 13, 2009

Poetry Friday: God Says Yes to Me

Linda Urban sent me the link to today's poem, which I'd read before and loved and yet had never featured on Poetry Friday. The poem is sweet salve because I feel as if I've been revising my WIP since the dawn of time. When you spend hours on end critically ripping apart your writing, staring at each word and asking it to justify its existence, you become ruthless, jaded, and the master of saying NO to your weak, whining self who wants to sneak out the back and dump the whole manuscript in the trash.

And yet, as writers we must say yes to our work. This poem reminds me that the choices are hard in revision, as author Tanita Davis blogged about so vividly: "like pulling teeth, abdominal surgery, a bikini wax and a colonoscopy all at once."

But then, dear melodrama-loving, short-tempered writer self---Honey!!!--- you must love what you choose.

God Says Yes To Me
by Kaylin Haught

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey

the rest is here

Poetry Friday is hosted today by the ever-resourceful Greg at GottaBook

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. Grades are due and I have two presentations to give next week and my WIP is feeling inadequate and is not even done yet, which is early to be feeling inadequate. And so this YES YES YES was just what I needed to hear today. I hadn't come across this poem before and am so glad you shared it.

    Hope you have a "YES!" sort of day!

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  2. I just fell in love with that poem.

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  3. I needed this poem today. Rhanks for it.

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  4. Thank you thank you thank you for this poem...

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  5. Wow.

    God's yeses are deep and movable, and give you that short polished-nail push in the right direction.

    I'm going. I'm going, sweetcakes.

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  6. This is one of my favorite poems! Finally, someone knows that my real name is Sweetcakes. :)

    Tanita's revision post was awesome. Good luck with your hair pulling, teeth pulling, et. al.

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  7. There's what I'd like to hear when I arrive at the Pearly Gates.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! Perfect!

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  9. YES! I loved this. I should post it where I can see it everyday.

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  10. Oh, honey, oh sweetcakes: YES, YES, YES!!!

    (She is my kind of God, she is!!!)

    Thanks for the affirmation. It's been a rough couple of weeks.

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  11. I love you for posting this today. God knows I need to hear that Yes Yes Yes from someone!

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  12. I love this poem like new each time I see it. I should probably write it on the bathroom mirror so I see it every morning. Thanks--I needed that!

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