[Soma]tic Experience (inspired by CA Conrad)
I will not brush my hair. I will not put on make-up. I will not wear shoes. I will spend 15 minutes of quiet, uninterrupted time sitting on my living room couch while holding—one at a time—five of my pets (3 cats, 2 bunnies). Each pet will get 15 minutes alone with me, so this will be about an hour and an half of sitting on the couch with animals.
I will alternate cat/bunny/cat/bunny/cat, and will quietly take notes on my laptop while doing nothing else but appreciating/petting/noticing whichever animal is currently in my lap. Notes will be whatever random thoughts or observations I have while holding the animal.
I will leave the notes for at least 10 hours, then return to the notes, reread them carefully, see if any ideas take shape, and then compose a poem(s) or prose from any resulting inspiration.
“YOU and ME vs. HE and SHE”
Curious loving relaxed trusting tender sensitive soft beautiful
Ferocious cold wild glaring green-eyed impatient jealous demanding dangerous
Painful needy vulnerable desperate blue
Perceptive protective depth security strong fearless alert
No fear of the hunter / no longer the hunted
Hm. Interesting experiment. The resulting “poem” is weird but actually quite meaningful to me … although I’m certain it makes little (if any sense) to anyone else outside of my head. It also has nothing whatsoever to do with cats and bunnies. 😉