Monday, August 05, 2013

Bad Day

Somedays are better than others and on a bad day I often turn to poetry to put things in perspective or as a distraction. I do like the site Poetry 180. It always comes up in a poetry search, even when I am looking for a poem for a specific day and don't necessarily want to search a poem by its number from 1-180. However there is a list of titles on the site and you can just go down the list until one speaks to you. This one did.

Bad Day

Kay Ryan

Not every day
is a good day
for the elfin tailor.
Some days
the stolen cloth
reveals what it
was made for:
a handsome weskit
or the jerkin
of an elfin sailor.
Other days
the tailor
sees a jacket
in his mind
and sets about
to find the fabric.
But some days
neither the idea
nor the material
presents itself;
and these are
the hard days
for the tailor elf.

This is one of those days when nothing seems to be coming together. The words won't write themselves and the brain slops around like water in a bucket. There is little or no focus. Or there is focus, but it only serves to un-focus one from the task of writing a focused article, if you know what I mean.

Maybe later in the day, I'll find the magic material for that jerkin of a post that fits perfectly or I'll meet the elfin sailor, even more magical because I am not near the sea - surely he will have a story to tell. In the meantime, I'll read a few more poems, hoping to find that verbal key to unlock the material closet.

The picture? - the work of elves - maybe :)

Have a great day!!


  1. You know- the second I see the concept of stolen cloth- I lose compassion for the tailor's bad day..

  2. Enjoyed the poem and I would say that your post came together after all!

  3. First of all Roy, I kind of felt the same, but elves are impish beings and are not known for integrity.

    Second, Carol, just be thankful that you can take time to read. Sometimes when I read I find something I want to write about.

    And Alessa is right. You created a perfect article.


  4. Carol, you always seem to come up with the perfect post even when you don't think you have the right material. I loved the poem and the possible miracle of meeting the elfin sailor!

  5. Well, it looks like you have found the perfect poem for a less than perfect day.