National Poetry Month, Day 20, Verse 20

I’m so happy with the way this renga is working out! I have been flipping through the pictures and reading the verses and it’s hard to believe I’ve written it piecemeal and drawn whatever I wanted each day. (I mean, yeah…flowers mostly, but that’s where I find spring, so…)

Before I started this project, I had three very different projects burning on my mind stovetop lol. Now the other two are safely simmering on the backburner (not forgotten!) and I have a focus. It’s a reminder to me not to let my hypercreativity overwhelm me. Focus. Find it. Don’t force it. But when you find it, you can make wonderful things.

Poem and illustration copyright 2022 Michelle Garren-Flye

National Poetry Month, Day 19, Verse 19

Hard to believe there are only eleven days left for National Poetry Month! I’m trying to get ready for a speech I give to the English Speaking Union at the end of the month, too, but I’m determined not to let this renga go. It’ll give me a huge jumpstart on Hypercreativity. Who needs sleep, right?? I know I haven’t gotten much recently…

But life is good. I love what I do. I want to do more of it, which might be why I’m not sleeping much recently. I get up every morning and think I get to go to work today. That’s gotta be a sign that something is right in my life, even if some things aren’t. Right?

National Poetry Month, Day 18, Verse 18

This flower is actually only a third of the way done. I stayed up until 2 a.m. working on it three nights in a row and still only got that far. lol. But I made it work, I think. I knew what I wanted in this verse and this flower is actually perfect for it.

Poem and illustration copyright 2022 Michelle Garren-Flye

National Poetry Month, Day 16, Verse 16

I wrote the renga out (thus far, I’m only one or two verses ahead of what I post here). I was surprised it fit together so well. I look forward to sharing it in Hypercreativity. It’s not cheating to use it there, is it? lol. I want to see it all together.

On a different note, my drawing has gotten better since 100 Warm Days of Haiku. Tomorrow’s is actually really beautiful. And I had to work hard on it. Not as hard as I’ll have to work on the one for the day after. But pretty hard.

Poem and illustration copyright 2022 Michelle Garren-Flye

National Poetry Month, Day 15, Verse 15

As it is tax day here in the States, I’m betting many of us have done a lot of searching for the insignificant…but that’s not what the poem is about. 😉

Poem and illustration by Michelle Garren-Flye

Halfway point makes me wonder. What will I do when this is done?

National Poetry Month, Day 14, Verse 14

I just re-read what I have so far. It’s actually quite good. I may have to re-write here and there.

Poem and illustration copyright 2022 Michelle Garren-Flye

National Poetry Month, Day 13, Verse 13

Trying to figure out where this one came from. Like all of these verses, though, it emerged while I was drawing. It’s also quite pertinent to my life right now. What do I wish for? What are my expectations about those wishes? I’m hardly what my mother once called a “spring chicken”, but that doesn’t mean I’m done with this life. I’m not even really started on the fun part yet.

National Poetry Month, Day 12, Verse 12

I’m starting to think I’m not really breaking the renga rules by writing it all myself when you’re supposed to have at least two poets interchanging verses. It’s like a duality within me is emerging. On the one hand, I love all the beauty and innocence. On the other, I see it rushing headlong into the night…

Poem and illustration copyright 2022 Michelle Garren-Flye