Occasionally Creative

Published on 24 February 2023 at 09:44

I am occasionally creative

I’m more often dull

I’d like to think I’m a geode

Rough on the outside, gorgeous colors on the inside

I’m really a “whitewashed tomb”

I look like someone died

And the ghost inside doesn’t have clue what’s happening except that the velvet should have been more red than mauve, but it’s kinda soft so it’s fine

Behind the Poem...A Much Needed Break

If you take a look at the dates beside the poem names on my directory, you'll notice something. There is a big jump in time from the last poem I wrote (Tiny Tattoos) and this one. I *unintentionally* took about four months off from We Have Rhymed, from November 2022 to February 2023. 

Currently, my bio description reads this: "Liberty is a donations manager, to-be finance student, and full-time drinker of coffee. She enjoys poetry, her cats, and spending time with her husband." In specific regard to the "donations manager" part, things have been very busy for me. I have a full-time job, doing mostly administrative tasks involving donations at a non-profit. At the end of the year it gets really busy due to the oncoming tax season. The added responsibilities at work in conjunction with the holidays is just a no-go for me. Mentally, I was fatigued and drained more often than not and when I tried to write a poem I'd just end up staring at a screen frustrated because the train of thought was not only off the rails, it was non-existent. Somewhere along the line it went *POOF* and was no more. 

But in February, things began to slow down again (for reference, I'm writing this "Behind the Poem" in March, a month later). The biggest parts of my job had passed, and we haven't been doing nearly as much traveling. So with that in mind, I looked at my website and was like "I'm doing really crap at this. I'm gonna write about it." So I did. I wrote "I'm Occasionally Creative" on break at work because I was feeling like I couldn't put out the same level of creativity into it that I had been four months prior. An interestingly enough, it ended up serving as a sort of jumping off point to getting back into this all. Being able to write one thing about my current state of being eased me into working on more, better writing for the future. While it's only been a month since writing it, it's now one of my favorites and will probably continue to be for some time. 

Taking four months off wasn't necessarily what I wanted to do, but I think some time away got me out of a sense of tunnel vision I had developed which is spurring better work on this page. For me, this poem is a marker for that improvement and I appreciate being able to look back on it for that. 

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Liberty Jensen • Writer

Liberty is a donations manager, finance student, and full-time drinker of coffee. She enjoys poetry, her cats, and spending time with her husband.

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