I’m Doing It


“If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.”

~Bruce Nauman~

I saw it in the catalog several weeks ago

The course made me stop and pause

A chance to explore this writing genre

Give boost to the improvement cause

I thought about it on and off

Questioned if I had the time

Came up with a few more excuses

To not engage in the rhyme

But it nagged and nagged and nagged

That the excuses were not cool

So I signed up for Wednesday nights

to spend time at poetry school

Yes, dear readers, I signed up for a five-week poetry class at the local University extension, starting April 4th. I tried making excuses like, “What the heck do I really know about poetry?” and “Am I going to be able to write after an eight-hour work day?” and “Do I really want to commit to this?”

Excuses don’t create growth in a writer or aspiring poetess. That’s what I told myself as I registered and paid for the “Passionate about Poetry” class. This University extension has a creative writing class, with prerequisite English classes, but they are held during the day when I’m at work. I consider Passionate about Poetry the opportunity afforded me in lieu of creative writing, although poetry is definitely a part of the creative writing process.

Wish me luck and a plethora of flowery words, okay?

This post has not been brought to you by a barrel full of excuses. It has also been brought to you by Linda G. Hill’s “One-Liner Wednesday.” All you need to play along every week is an awesome one-liner and follow a few rules. Birds on a wire are not required, but make sure you link back today’s post to HERE so the rest of us #1linerweds peeps can read it.

40 responses to I’m Doing It

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wishing you the best of luck and looking forward to reading your homework assignments. Is it right after work, or do you have to go home first and back out? Going back out always was difficult for me.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m only hoping I have a few passionate brain cells for class after working eight hours. We shall see, huh?

  2. Ally Bean says:

    “Excuses don’t create growth…”

    No truer words. Enjoy your poetry class. I look forward to learning about what you learned + some of your verses, if you choose to share them here. 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am hoping that I have one or two pieces worth sharing…or at least a blog-worthy story of five nights in a classroom.

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good luck with poetry school. What I would like to sign up for is a drawing class, but I keep delaying doing that. What I plan to forever delay is the bungee jumping class.

  4. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Congratulations on stretching your boundaries and trying something new.

  5. marianallen says:

    Plain words are better than flowery ones, in most cases. You get to the abstract through the concrete. Kinda like Platform 9 3/4. 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for the advice, Marian. I will remember your words when they make my poetry book into a movie! 😉

  6. I’m glad that you are doing it. I would not be poopooing it. I’m sure you’ll soon be wooing it.

    Yeah, I know. Someone needs poetry school. Is there a remedial class?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The train is choo-chooing, the cows are mooing. and H is not poo-pooing. We may both need a remedial class.

  7. J-Dub says:

    Fantastic! I wish there was something like that around here. Good luck 🍀 and have fun!

  8. dweezer19 says:

    Oh, I can think of nothing more fun than a writing or art class. Losing oneself in creative flow is the best form of meditation. Stretch those creative muscles Mary! I hope you will be sharing tour “work”with us. 😊

  9. Aunt Beulah says:

    I’m not sure you need luck; rather, I’m sure your classmates and teacher will be lucky to have you writing poetry and contributing in class. You have the skill and passion. This class will be of benefit mainly because it might introduce you to different genre and make you concentrate on writing poetry. I’m looking forward to reading what you write.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I took part in a two-week Daily Post poetry challenge a few years ago that explored different genres of poetry. It was fun and interesting. I’m hoping this class revisits those genres so I can also revisit in my writing. Thank you so much for your kind comments! ☺

  10. JoAnna says:

    Yay! I bet it will energize you after work. Best of luck, but you won’t need it cause you got courage, and insight, and life experience. Have fun!

  11. joey says:

    Well good for you! I feel this coursework will come naturally to you, but yes, I wish you exactly all the right words at the right time!

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