they are not mine, nor yours? then to who do they belong? stray hairs drift they attach to coat sleeves – tight knees pluck them off, use sticky tape and let them go like stray leaves loosen off the trees in autumn walk through & over their meandering path & not wonder which tree they came loose from where do they go – where does their journey end?
Time! Time does some funny things to your writing. I have a number of manuscripts written over a five year period, and there were a few I decided to take a look at for the first time in a while because there are a few publishers I would like to send my work to. Wow. The results are I need to do some major rewrites on these manuscripts. I can understand the manuscript I wrote when I was seventeen, because I leaned heavily on hyperbole and obscure metaphors (only my seventeen year old self would understand them!) but the more recent feel so clunky. The ideas I’m happy with, but the way they’re written is flat flat flat. I’m actually quite excited about rewriting them.
On the flip side, of course, is when you find old poems and have to ask did I write that? Because that is good, really good. It weighs itself out evenly eventually. It shows how we can grow over a period of time without realising.