Ruth has provided a prompt to check in with our one-little-word for 2021.
In years past, I've selected an action word I hope to make part of myself such as patience, or play.
This year, I went in a different direction. I chose the word ox. Yes, ox. It is the year of the metal ox on the Chinese calendar and...well, why not?
Also, I wanted to challenge myself to write and post a poem a week centered on my OLW in the same way that Irene Latham, a writing hero to many of us, has posted to her Artspeak padlets for several years.
My first ox poem on the padlet in January was a golden shovel from words on a sign at a petting zoo. The sign at the pen read: "Do not grab Hamish by the horns."
From then on, the weekly poems have been a collaboration between Hamish and me. Each new poem inspired by ox art or references from historical literature or news articles becomes a new friend.
A few Poetry Fridays ago, when Irene introduced her newest book, D-39 to us, she referenced, A Center, by Ha Jin. Ha's poem is spiritual in nature.
I played with his lines, turning them into affirmations for Hamish and myself.