This is the second collection of some of my Daily Spontaneous Poems that I’ve been writing and posting on Facebook since 8/22/14. The first book, wild voices come when they will, was released in September of 2015.
The poems contained in this book were written in the year since wild voices come when they will was published. Each of these poems was posted on Facebook just as it was written, spontaneously, with no editing whatsoever. That is how they appear in this book, just as written. The only change I’ve made is to omit the number and date that accompanied each poem as it was posted. That information seemed irrelevant for the book.
The poems that comprise there is only this moment were selected by a good friend, Gwen Zimmerman. She read through the daily poems and actually came up with two groupings; this one, which she labeled loosely “transcendent” poems, and another that were “nature” centered. This book only contains the poems that were part of the former group, though there are also references to nature in many of them.
I continue to post Daily Spontaneous Poems on my Facebook page, along with Daily Photographs. (The cover photo is one of those Daily Photos.) As of today, I’ve posted 879 poems and 1371 photographs. I occasionally miss a day, but not very often. Each of these endeavors has become a daily practice for me, whether I’m home on Wheeler Hill or somewhere out on the poetic road across America. I hope you enjoy this poetic part of my practice.
Michael Czarnecki—Wheeler Hill, March 30, 2017
From the book:
firsts are notable
first library card
first car accident
first brush with death
first moment of doubt
first ah-ha moment
so many firsts
yet so many lasts
we’re never aware of
till much too late
these poems are written for me
these daily creations a practice
something rare in my life
so too, daily photos, another practice
done more for me than anyone else
yoga didn’t draw me to practice
meditation didn’t draw me to practice
daily journal didn’t draw me to practice
yet, these daily spontaneous poems
these daily taken photographs
a practice become necessary
for me, yet shared beyond me
hoping others get something from
these practices that have become
essential in my life
there is only this moment
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