Saturday, July 03, 2010

Driving to Words


Go driving, said Julia. It will give you miles to unwind.

I don't really like to drive. All week I drove my daughter back and forth to camp. I used it as a time to listen to music. But I was relieved when Friday came. Driving doesn't do for me what it does for Julia.

I prefer to unwind across pages or back porch mornings. Dew on begonias, sage, the lemon-thyme I just transplanted—these things give me rest, open me to write. While driving through Julia's words, I found a sentence that made me pause...

This is the molten light filmmakers call "golden hour," she said.

I liked that. I let it take hold of me. It tickled out an Independence Day poem of sorts...


This is the golden hour,
when I can play out my life
in hot pink,
cherry red,
and instead of giving me
that look, you will
love me for it, ache
for tomorrow, ask me
to do it all over

1-white fireworks

1-heavens fireworks

1-yellow fireworks

1-constellation fireworks

Fireworks and Girl photos, by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Maureen said...

Wonderful little poem, L.L. Happy 4th!

1:43 PM  
Blogger Susan DiMickele said...

Love the photos and poem. And thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm ready for fireworks! They never get old (no matter how old you are).

2:11 PM  
Blogger ELK said...

oh such delightful moments you have captured ...with camera ..with pen..blessings ~elk

4:05 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Overby said...

You captured what I feel; there is a time both in the morning and evening when the light, for a few moments is golden. It feels like redemptive time, full of grace and possibilities. I try always to show up.........

This post blessed me indeed! :)

4:51 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

gorgeous photos and I love the poem too.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

Funny, tomorrow I'm going on a long drive! And because of that, here's an early RAP:

Cool photos.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sunsets, sunrises, God's creation for us to enjoy - yes, "do it all over again." The pictures are also fun.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ said...

Your photos here and at HCB are simply gorgeous. Happy Fourth.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Glynn said...

My link for the "tablespoonful of summer" poem:

8:12 AM  
Blogger Kath said...

I've left a random act of poetry at
maybe cheating a little, but southern-hemispheric.


8:14 AM  
Blogger Louise Gallagher said...


Sparkling nice.

Really, really nice.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Kelly Sauer said...

oh, the poem the photos - just perfectly lovely!

And a poem for you too: life, unquenched - a summer story

5:04 PM  
Anonymous kingfisher said...

Spectacular fireworks! I don't have a TV, and am not able to get out at night to see real fireworks. So enjoyed your little show right at home.

I have a couple of new poems up on my blog. The "tree" one is part of a response to your question about what we do to -- well, I want to say, to re-create ourselves, but that isn't the way you, or Julia Cameron, put it. The rest of the story, of how seeing the tree refreshed me after a hard spell, will have to be posted later.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Dianna Woolley said...

The poem - a GREAT pop for the 4th of July!


11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you little fire cracker!

here is my link
for a tablespoon
of summer :-)

12:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just put up a poem for RAP

8:16 AM  
Blogger SimplyDarlene said...

Ah, beautiful. Words. Images.


11:27 AM  
Blogger SimplyDarlene said...

Okay, here I am again with my link.

(warning: it is full of country girl stuff)

12:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm dropping a link to a poemish post from today , in case it fits the RAP for this week.

and then I'll return after the dishes and assorted sortings and catch up ....before a bit of summer becomes too much autumn.

miss you.
miss here and everyone.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

It is all so beautiful!

My poem is up for A Tablespoon of Summer!

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just added my Tablespoon of Summer to the mix! This was my first Random Act of Poetry. Not sure I'm up to speed yet, but it was fun!

Next Summer's Garden

Thanks LL!

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Dianne said...

What fireworks lack for me, sunsets make up for. You captured it perfectly in your poem.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Sometimes I like to drive. I keep saying I will get a digital recorder for when the words come.

Here is my Random Act poem:

10:12 AM  
Blogger ELK said...

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10:39 AM  
Blogger ELK said...

may i offer my bit of summer::

standing here

10:41 AM  
Blogger Wendy McConnell said...

lovely poem! do you mind if I post it on my poetry blog? it's here if you'd like to check it out:


12:30 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

Your poem makes me sad, but your fireworks bring me back up again.

6:46 PM  

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