Almost Forgot to Flow

Catherine Flynn had our Inklings challenge this month. She took her prompt from the book How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope. Here was the invitation she shared: “Can you remember a time when you felt so consumed with the act of making something that you lost all sense of time and your mind seemed to clear? What allowed you to enter this mindful creative space?” When we talked about the prompt, there was some discussion of flow and losing oneself in the flow.

To be honest, there’s a little bit too much flow going on around here, because apparently January flowed right into February without my paying too much attention. Bottom line: I did not remember that our Inkling challenge was due until last night when I was in bed. Oops. And then I had a full day of PD today.

I came home determined to write something. I thought about times I’d felt immersed in creativity, lost to the ticking of the clock, and almost always I remembered mornings outside with my camera in hand. These are such magical moments for me. My mind wandered, recalling vivid sunrises, spiraling sea smoke, soaring birds and dazzling explosions of hoarfrost…the next thing I knew, I was waking up in my chair. It really has been a long, long week.

I finally cobbled together a nonet, expanding from a couple of lines I’d written in my notebook.

into full
blossoming day.
Watch the world wake and
shake off nighttime shadows
Follow its invitation
from one hidden gem to the next
Lose yourself in winter’s enchantment

©Molly Hogan

If you want to see what the other Inklings did with this challenge, check their sites:

Linda Mitchell
Margaret Simon
Heidi Mordhorst
MaryLee Hahn
Catherine Flynn

Laura Shovan is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week at her blog.

21 thoughts on “Almost Forgot to Flow

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    ooooooh, I love those photos! How on earth did you capture that bird in flight like that? I would love to just watch you take pics someday. I can feel the joy of it coming right out of the photos. What’s nice about your nonet is that it has flow!

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  2. maryleehahn says:

    First of all, I love “tendrils” as a verb for dawn. Then your alliteration — watch, world, wake. Add to that your photos…you captured the magic and the flow perfectly!

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  3. Your photos are stunning, Molly! And thanks for sharing your nonet – and allowing yourself the grace to grow with the flow!

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  4. margaretsmn says:

    I am working on the loving of yourself through winter. Thanks for joining us.

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  5. lindabaie says:

    I’m glad you lose yourself outside, Molly, always love what that time brings to you & then to us. Hope the coming week is a little slower! “winter’s enchantment” keeps us going, doesn’t it?

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  6. Your nonet doesn’t feel cobbled at all! I love that you’ve invited us into the beauty of a season most of us would rather forget!

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  7. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Your photos are spectacular and you nonet captures the sunrise so well.

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  8. heidimordhorst says:

    Oh good heavens–how stunning! Yeah, not cobbled, with that planty tendriling and blossoming–and I’ll even allow “enchantment” just this once because I know you mean it.😉

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  9. Beautiful, Molly – and I appreciate the effort to get into some flow after your long days of working and I’m sure many other things clamoring for attention!

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  10. majaalifee says:

    Very nice post 🙂🌺!


  11. tee says:

    Oooh, those photographs of the little snowy-ice-prickles are especially amazing. A nonet about photograph AND a nap sounds like a win to me!!

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