Thursday, December 29, 2011

“Wow, I Made This?” (prompt: new start poem)

There’s a new start
at the end of each old year.

I need a new start
because I know how
all of my old starts

and if I can’t have a new start
then I want a new middle
and a new

So, I will keep trying
for something new

something to surprise me,
something to look at and say

“Wow, I made this?”

much like God must’ve felt
after creating
the platypus,
the orgasm,
and the bursting orange horizon
where the sun sinks
dutifully into the
beautiful blue Pacific


  1. Love it! "the platypus, the orgasm", ha!

    ya' gotta wonder what was he thinkin'.

  2. I need a new start, a new middle AND a new end! Do you think we would look at life differently without the mindset of years? You are 40, 50, 60?
    The ' next year, hopefully'...what if it was a long expanse of days untitled?

    I like the last verse immensely.
    Happy New Year to you and Yours.

  3. Interesting to think about! I too do a lot of reflecting at the end of a year. No resolutions though, just reflections as you are doing here. May we all have many 'fresh starts' yet in life!

  4. I like this... thought-provoking, intriguing, mildly blasphemous, with a last stanza that hit me just like the sunset you describe... exactly what I needed to read this morning, thank you. Wishing you the very best of new years!

    p.s. you've now made my head spin as I wonder if anything I create could ever compare to the creation of the platypus.

  5. I love the playful tone of this one! I can't imagine that if I had been asked to include the words "platypus, orgasm, and sunset" into one coherent poem, I could've pulled it off! Bravo! And Happy New Year!

  6. I want a new middle as well! ;)

    Wishing you the very best in 2012!

  7. Quite the ending... ; )

    Best to you in 2012!

  8. Thanks everyone!

    @Janet, closer to 50 and as I collect more days, I collect new mindsets.

    @Goldberry, I like to use the platypus as as symbol of something wonderful that most don't see the value of unless they dig deeper.

    @Andrea, agreed!

    Happy new Year's to one and all - don't drink and drive.

  9. Wonderful! I love how you can turn ordinary words into something extraordinary! Third stanza has been echoing in my head since the first time I read it.