Sounds intense, huh? It comes from a quote by Darrell L. Johnson:
“The process of letting go is like taking a journey to the center of your being.”
I have spent the last several weeks revising and revisiting many of my older poems that have been languishing in folders on my computer, knowing how much better they could be if I just gave them some attention and let them come out and play. I realized that I needed to really buckle down and decide which of these poems I still liked and then let them go.
So, I have spent the last few days submitting, submitting, submitting some of this work that has been pummeled and cajoled into new forms. In doing so, I found a sense of accomplishment that has also given me a feeling of relief, like setting down a heavy bag after carrying it through a never-ending airport hallway. (Talk to me three months from now when all those darlings are being rejected, and I may feel a little differently…)
But now that the great submission wave is over, I feel I can attend to new ideas that have been tumbling around my head like rocks – some may even come out partially polished, they’ve been in there so long.