sifting through the nuts

   

 

I’m sitting here on a humid

August Sunday afternoon

sifting through a can of mixed nuts,

wanting to write about

sitting on humid afternoons

and worrying about plagiarizing

writers old and new

who have done similar.

 

What could I say that hasn’t been said,

or how could I know or not know?

Can I be content with

I haven’t said it before

at least on paper,

at least on a Sunday afternoon,

at least not in my underwear

with a mouthful of pecans,

 

waiting as I seem to be

for evening to fall,

to produce something incomparable,

something so clearly original

that it will make the Planter’s man

tip his top hat, perhaps

even remove his monocle?

3 comments

  1. Save the cashews for me….

    Craig,

    I recall words from Recluse:
    “This is what I am,
    total freedom”

    I think the day you wrote those unforgettable
    words and these:
    “Bill McCully ate glass”

    I think that Planter’s man doffed his hat to you
    and dropped his monocle.

    (and when he read ‘Sifting through the nuts’, I’m guessing he bent over
    picked up his hat so he could doff it again. Nothing like southern pecans
    and grand poetry to make a day worthwhile.)

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  2. Hi Craig

    waiting as I seem to be

    for evening to fall,

    to produce something incomparable,

    something so clearly original

    that it will make the Planter’s man

    tip his top hat, perhaps

    even remove his monocle?

    What I really like about those lines and this poem is the humanness we all feel as writers, wanting to achieve something beyond the norm, beyond what has already been done. But here, you do something unique, you get into the scene and the emotion of that wondering, that sense of frustration and need. And what could be more perfect that “sifting through some mixed nuts”. With me, it’ sifting through some sweet black grapes, trying to determine the first line of a poem or even think up a new theme or apropos title. This has a sense of humor/wit that also adds to the appeal and the accessibility of its theme and content. I really enjoyed this and think Mr. Planter is tipping his hat to you. He should!

    Thanks for sharing this,
    much enjoyed,
    Wendy

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