For the time being, my writing day will have to be Friday. I work Monday-Thursday and Saturday, so Friday is my only weekday that I can sit down and be quiet. I’ve never been one to be able to write on weekends.
I am so, so, so grateful that I did sit down this morning and write a poem. I’ve been waking up early everyday this week and reading, so despite a fitful night of sleep, I was ready to get up and write something.
Another myth poem, about Semele, actually, the mother of Dionysus.
“I open the door to Zeus,
a man all smoke and fire,
his button-up burning in a wink,
a blackened daisy between his fingers.”
After Semele hooked up with Zeus, Hera, jealous as always, turned herself into a hag and convinced Semele to make Zeus show himself to her in all his glory. No mortal can see Zeus’s breastplate without perishing immediately, so Semele sees it, dies, Zeus gets baby Dionysus and sews him into his thigh so he can go to full term, hence why Dionysus is sometimes called “twice-born” (gotta love that).
The rest of the poem focuses on Zeus’s humanness: how he trips when he follows her up the stairs, how she picks a piece of egg from his beard. This poem is still missing that modern element I like to add to these, but it’s getting there.
The poem petered out early, and I think more needs to be done to develop the relationship and explain or at least point at how Semele dies. Fire is a reoccurring image in it (hence the title for the moment), but if you didn’t know the myth, you may not know that she dies by fire, so I want it to be a little weirder to stand alone more.
I’m waiting for writing to feel easy again, because, right now, it’s wrenchingly hard. Maybe once things settle out, it’ll be easier once again. I’ve also thought about taking a break for a little while to see if that refreshes me. My only worry about that is the break might get longer and longer and/or the coming back might be even harder than it is now. Some of you, I’ve noticed, have taken summer breaks. How has been the transition back into it? Would you recommend one or not?