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Insomniac [Oct. 11th, 2007|10:32 am]
Tony Grist

I lay awake last night trying to remember the texts of poems I wrote 15 years ago and of which no known copies survive. 

Not an activity I'd recommend.

Not at all restful. Not at all a good way of getting to sleep.

Certain lines remain. You'd think I'd be able to reconstruct the surrounding text from these markers but I can't. Even where I know the general sense the actual words elude me. In some particularly frustrating instances I know the grammar and rythmn of a line but one or two key words have fallen out. Come on, I wrote the originals; surely my mind stll runs in the same grooves, this ought to be child's play. But it doesn't and it isn't.

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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2007-10-11 02:11 pm (UTC)
You say you are a different person now, but you are wanting to revisit those poems, are you having an introspective and retrospective time at the moment? A prelude to writing your autobiography? Hope so! I would buy a copy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-11 02:47 pm (UTC)
I don't quite know why I was doing it. It seemed important at the time, much less so now. The mind wanders off down some strange pathways when it's sleepy.

Thank you for the vote of confidence.
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