In her essay, "The Art of Finding," the poet Linda Gregg talks about giving her students the daily exercise of writing down 6 things they notice in the world around them, through the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, in case you can only remember four of them!). One caveat - no embellishment or poeticizing. Just write - straight on - each item, as it is. This is hard to do, especially for writers/poets, but as she says, a simple beauty comes through from things such as "a mirror with nothing reflected in it," that we might not normally see because we're too busy trying to impose our own interpretation of something's beauty, or even substituting or inventing it, if we don't like what's there or what's not.
Here's my list for today:
1) Hearing my name over the loudspeaker every half hour at the downtown Barnes and Noble announcing the workshops I was doing there for CityLit Project.
2) A medium sized soy chai latte for free because the barrista misheard my order (originally a small).
3) The flute and tin can sounds of bells and wind chimes on the boats in Fells Point.
4) A pair of yellow kayaks across the harbor, not side by side, but nose to end.
5) A westie named Truly running down the dock after her owner.
6) A rowhouse's living room window open just enough to show piles of laundry on the back of the sofa - socks, distowels, sheets.
Your turn - head to another one of my blogs, "6 Things," read those posted and leave your list as a comment. I'll post them as they come in, along with my own lists.