100 Days of Poetry: Day Four–Stanza 3 Hammers

I wish I could’ve worked longer last night, but I was so busy yesterday, I only ended up doing the minimum time: thirty minutes. I just couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. I finished drafting at a quarter till midnight. Way late since I had to be up this morning at five to start running errands.

Stanza three used to be stanza five. I rearranged the order to embrace the narrative quality of this poem and maybe to add a little tension. I mean, the stanza either starts with a “hammer” or “Samael.” Pretty intense, right?

Stanza Three

1st Draft                                                                      2nd Draft

There’s this hammer                                               Old Samael’s

banging lifted                                                            waffle hammer,

out nails, clawing                                                     sympathetic

up the ones that                                                        as a punch press,

won’t settle and                                                        bangs down lifted

sings hymns in tune                                                 up nails, claws out

loud and righteous                                                   unsettled pegs,

“bang, bang, bang, bang.”                                      and silences.

The “silences” and “nail” bits are pretty important to what is going on with the poem. To be real, every word in a poem is important, that’s why the drafting process is so important. Okay, I know not everyone believes conciseness is important. There are some really long poems out there that do a lot of nothing, but sound way cool doing that bunch of nothing.

The thing is, the silence and nails concept, is important to my the direction I’m trying to pursue. We’ll explore that more as the poem progresses.

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