My Day in Six Words – XVII

Lucky me.

How lucky!

Survived that.

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  1. #1 by Bayley Trew on June 4, 2011 - 8:07 am

    Hi Carl. I am intrigued about this one. Are we allowed to ask questions? What is that you have survived?

    • #2 by Carl on June 4, 2011 - 9:20 pm

      Hi, Bayley,
      Sure, questions are fine. In this case, I’m afraid I can’t answer. I might write too many pages in response to the question. With these pieces, I am trying to catch the emotional landscape of the day in the six words, so there is not a solid realism to it. If I survived a car wreck, I might have written a poem about that, but this is more a mental survival rather than a physical survival.

      For me, I love the idea that people might get their own ideas of what any poem means, and the more meanings people find, the more respect I have for the piece. If the piece speaks many personal truths, it is the ultimate kind of truth.

      • #3 by Bayley Trew on June 5, 2011 - 7:44 am

        Hi Carl. Of course. How dumb of me. I am still learning, sorry. Poetry is an area of writing I haven’t yet experienced. But I do, kind-of, understand how personal is it and how it can be interpreted in so many ways. After reading the other comments the penny dropped. =)

        • #4 by Carl on June 5, 2011 - 8:32 pm

          No, not dumb at all! There as many ways to do poetry as there are people writing poetry. Sometimes I identify with it, sometimes I simply like it and don’t know why, sometimes I don’t like it because I’m too uneducated to understand it, sometimes I don’t like it and I don’t know why, and sometimes I don’t like it and know exactly why. My big aim is to avoid the cliche, avoid writing something you’ve read a hundred times, and that’s actually a goal in my fiction writing.

  2. #5 by sixthsymph on June 4, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Of course, you survived it! You have to… 🙂

    • #6 by Carl on June 4, 2011 - 9:22 pm

      My thought process is always the opposite, but I think you know the truth. I’ve been told to look at history: Have you not survived in the past, Carl?

  3. #7 by claudia on June 4, 2011 - 11:31 am

    somehow we surprisingly often survive…
    have a lovely weekend carl

    • #8 by Carl on June 4, 2011 - 9:23 pm

      The surprise of it brings gratitude. Thanks for commenting and I hope your weekend is fantastic.

  4. #9 by Kay Camden on June 4, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    Friday afternoon conference call. That’s my guess. And you’re still in awe of your fortitude.
    This is always how I feel after 30-60 minutes of people speaking entire sentences of buzzwords.

    • #10 by Carl on June 5, 2011 - 8:23 pm

      HAHA! Good guess but this would have surely been more angry! Thanks for commenting.

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