Today marks day 29 of the 100 day project which means I have left 29 poems in homemade notebooks in some pretty random places.
Every day I check the email I set up for people to respond to the poem only to end up disappointed. No responses. And then I thought maybe it requires more of me then just sending poetry into the world, maybe it requires some courage. So this weekend I decided to change up my strategy. I left a poem book in a tip jar at a restaurant for a singer whose voice moved me. I tried to be discreet and she didn't see me do it at the time. But a day later I had a response. She figured it out, found me and sent the message below :
"I'm not sure why you chose the poem you left as a gift for me,
or if you could have known what kind of impact it would have,
but it did, and I can't thank you enough."
Turns out a little poetry and a little courage has big pay offs. I'm not discounting the poems that I have left randomly because who knows when I might get another message.