I wrote LIGHTNESS about six years–a long time–ago. Is it flawed? Absolutely. Does it have cliches? You bet. Why hang on to it? For all its flaws and cliches, when I reread it now, it doesn’t make me wish the earth could swallow me up.
Instead of “killing my darling” I’m publishing it on Wattpad. Why Wattpad? And why not?
This will be a twelve-part story. The first part went up yesterday. Be on the lookout for the second part tomorrow. The rest of LIGHTNESS will be published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays — through January 2nd, 2017.
Submitted for your approval.
“It (a landay) must take on one of five subjects: meena, love; jang, war; watan, homeland; biltoon, separation; and, finally, gham, which means despair or grief.” — Eliza Griswold.
Do not play games with love — you won’t win:
Love is a cheat with a marked card always up its sleeve.
The era of mercy is delayed.
The mankind fails to learn, and the bell still tolls, tolls, tolls…
Across the ocean there stands a tree
that prays for me — a leaf torn off its branch is my soul.
For what is space if we can face time,
and talk, and smile, and laugh, and lean in, and touch the screen?
There is a different kind of blue:
deeper, and broken — a shard of the yesterday skies.
©Sasha A. Palmer 2016
This December try your hand at Landays.
And if I’m not what you want, or what you need, I’ll heed,
I’ll be the ship, the wind, the sails, the blessed waves,
the endless sea I’ll be, and—pray for me—
you’ll sail away, away…
“Sasha A. Palmer’s poignant poem in the manner of Emily Dickinson.” Thank you, David.
“But along with other great masters: Bob Dylan certainly, Joni Mitchell, Kanye West — everybody’s got their own list — Leonard Cohen is way up there in the ranks of American song, and songwriters,” — David Remnick says prior to sharing his interview with Leonard Cohen.
Kanye West in a tribute to Cohen? Leonard Cohen — an American songwriter?
If you’re bothered by this introduction, you aren’t alone. Just let it go, for what follows is a good interview. Focus on listening to Leonard Cohen speak.
“Failure is not changing course.
Failure is not pursuing a new art form.
Failure is not trying new things.”
What is failure?