The blue-tack tucked in the side of the drawer
reminds me of days when I listened to your
voice non-stop. My younger self wrote your lyrics
with a blue ink italic calligraphy pen on index
cards; I even copied artwork from album sleeves,
shaded in with rainbow-coloured pencils. Leaves
unfurled and fell with your smoky timbre.
I played melancholy chords on my old guitar,
sang your songs, tattooed on my soul,
stapled to my heart, crowned and anchored
for life. I pencil my thoughts with you in mind,
stick these pages together with blue of a different kind.
Kim M. Russell, 10th April 2021
It’s Saturday and day ten of NaPoWriMo 2021, and the challenge looks complicated! It’s from the poet Hoa Nguyen and it’s called ‘Junk Drawer Song’.
Firstly, listened to one of my favourite Joni Mitchell tracks, ‘Blue’, and wrote down what came into my head, without overthinking it or worrying about the notes making sense.
Next, I rifled through the objects in my junk drawer and, on a separate page from the song-notes page, I wrote about the objects in the drawer.
Finally, I brought the two pages of notes together and wrote a poem that wove together ideas and observations from both pages.