A Self Portrait in Sound

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Original image via Fe Ilya.
This month, I will be (sporadically) participating in Blogtember with Jenni. The prompt for today was a self portrait. This is a poem I wrote back in 2005, and recently reworked/updated. I hope you enjoy.


A Self Portrait in Sound

I am a symphony,
a harmonic cacophony –

the sound of laughter
of pages rustling, turning
of a camera shutter
and typing keys

the sound of a pen whirring over the lines
and ink scraped across a screen
a piano tinkling
coffee dripping

the sound of a tear slipping down a cheek
of the muscles stretching into a smile

the sound of the ocean

the sound of the wind

the sound of flight

the sound of miles passing as the tires turn
a door opening
chocolates unwrapped
a dog snoring

the sound of differences accepted
of things unspoken
my mother’s joys
my lover’s sighs –

I am every note.


What would be some of the sounds in your self portrait?

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Short Story Challenge Results & Round-Up

NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2013

Late last night, the final results of the 2013 NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge were announced. And I’m happy to say that, in a contest that started out with about 800 people from all around the world, I made it through all 3 rounds and ended up in 5th place. 😀 I’m still waiting on specific feedback from the judges, and of course the writerly prize pack that comes with 5th place. But it’s pretty exciting! Especially since other times I’ve done this contest, I didn’t make it past the 1st round. I guess I was more inspired this year? […]

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NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2013

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