I’m finally almost done with The Histories by Herodotus. I’ve been reading this book for months and months. It’s so hard trying to read when you’re busy at work, busy at home, and busy trying to find a new one.
Now that things are calmed down, I have the time to sit and read and actually enjoy the project I gave myself. I went into Herodotus hoping I’d be able to make a ton of connections between the past and the present, and I’ve been able to so far.
I have a huge list of writing prompts that I’d like to get to at some point this year. I know I said I was going to try and write more fiction, but tonight I’m taking a little break from that. I went into this poem with the intention of doing a hint fiction piece or series, but it turned into this.
I didn’t want to ruin the flow so I kept going with it. One piece of advice I received in my writing program that was emphasized by all my professors was to never let genre define you. My goal is still to write more fiction, but as soon as I realized this was a poem, I focused entirely on getting it down to the best of my ability. I hope you enjoy.
It Will Do
There was a small, makeshift
temple in the woods:
Nothing more than rocks stacked
side by side against each other
in the shape of a wall;
a small alter stood in line
with the sun that peaked barely
through the spruce trees that blocked
the woodland critters from
the outside world looking for them.
“It will do,” said the priest,
knowing fully well it was better
than the corner he stood at
for five years off to the side
in the village square
full of busy townspeople with much
more important things to do
than stop and listen for a second.
Little did they know
when they came, unfriendly
uninterested in the years of peace
that existed between the two
neighbors, the priest and all
his followers would be spared–
because even in war, there are rules.
2018 Winter Issue of Come and Go Literary
If you haven’t read the first issue of Come and Go Literary, please check it out here. Nearly twenty writers of various genres spent a ton of time crafting their pieces that are all relevant to today’s world. Be sure to check out the essay at the end if you want to see what I’m talking about. I’m extremely proud and honored they chose Come and Go Literary for their work.
If you’re interested in submitting your work to the 2019 Spring Issue of Come and Go Literary, please see my submission guidelines for more details and be sure to check out the 2018 Winter Issue of Come and Go Literary to see what the overall style of the journal is as well as what kind of work I’m looking for.