bike: 27 minutes, stand, basement
run: 1.75 miles, treadmill, basement
raining and windy all day
No break in the rain today so I biked and ran in the basement. Decided to try reciting the 2 green poems I learned this week while biking, and then again while running. A fun challenge. I messed up a few lines but did surprisingly well speaking the lines while my heart rate was up–about 120 BPMs while biking, 165 BPMs while running. I need to work on getting the phone closer to my mouth and speaking louder while running. It would probably be easier to record while running on the road where I can vary my pace, instead of on the treadmill where I had to keep my pace steady.
The Trees/Phillip Larkin
Instructions on Not Giving Up/ Ada Limón
Next week, I’ll start on my third green poem. After all this rain, it will be extra green! Speaking of green, I continue to work on a poem inspired by Rita Dove’s alliteration in “Ode to My Right Knee.” It’s about the excess of green and how it hides my beautiful view of the river and its other side every year, from May to October.
Here’s my latest version:
Ode to Green/ Sara Lynne Puotinen
Greedy gorge gobbler grifting
vistas. Vanishing views.
Overruning overlooks. Orchestrating
scenes stolen, senses smothered. Stop.
Yield your yearly
domination. Dress demurely. Decide
O, overabundant obstruction,
we want windows, ways
out, openings, other
perspectives, possibilities. Please
share some space. Surely
for faithful friends?