TCS: Musings and Music for Monday

Good Morning!


Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.


I was feeling completely uninspired at 5 PM PST yesterday afternoon— my imagination had gone AWOL. What Emily Dickinson called

— Darknesses —
Those Evenings of the Brain —
When not a Moon disclose a sign —
Or Star — come out — within —

So I started surfing poetry slams, looking for inspiration, and found Olivia Gatwood’s “Ode to My Bitch Face” — a terrific rant, but it would have been really cruel for me to hit you with it so early in the morning. You should look it up on YouTube sometime — I thought instantly of this line, and realized what a good description it is of poetry slams:

I am the cage where poetry
Paces and roars. . .

— ‘The Invocation of Kali’ by May Sarton

Makes me wonder what all these angry young women will be doing in 40 years. I was one of them way back when, and it’s astonishing to me how little the things that make young women rant have changed in 40 years.

Then went looking at quotes, and found this one:

You know, I used to say, when people say, ‘How do you think about what to write about in the poems every week?’ And I say, ‘Well, I have to turn it in on Monday, so on Sunday nights I turn the shower to iambic pentameter and it sort of works out that way.’

— Calvin Trillin

Proof that Calvin Trillin has better shower rhythm than I ever will.

So, since my brain still didn’t light up, I’m giving you songs with ‘Monday’ in their titles, and then something to help all of us get centered for the week ahead:






I am trusting Ray Bradbury is correct, and that writing something every day will eventually lead to better writing.

Good Morning! — May you have an iambic-pentameter-shower of a day.


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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5 Responses to TCS: Musings and Music for Monday

  1. Terry Welshans says:

    I don’t know why there are so many songs about how depressing Mondays are. I don’t find them depressing at all and look forward to every one. But then, not to brag, I am retired and don’t have a fixed schedule or a need to set an alarm clock, except for special occasions. The down side of this is that I loose track of what day it actually is. I am not sure that is a bad thing…

    • wordcloud9 says:

      You’re on ‘Universe’ time – going with the flow – instead of Universal time – one ear always listening to the ticking of the clock..

      Even though I’m retired, I still have to set the alarm most mornings to keep up with my writing deadlines.I spent so many years as a workhorse, it’s hard to get out of harness. But now I am doing the kind of writing I never had time for when I was working and writing for a paycheck.

    • I have been told of this “retirement” thing. I must look into it one day.

  2. shortfinals says:

    Since I desperately need the health insurance – I’ll be dragged kicking and screaming from the office!

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