It was a long summer but today I feel as if fall has finally arrived. And with it my mood has lifted too. Melancholy took root in my soul in June and then spread out in crabgrass-like fashion, growing with abandon all summer long; but suddenly it seems to have been stopped dead in its tracks, withered overnight, and in strange counter-cyclical fashion, I find myself invigorated this morning, welcoming autumn with a strong sense of promise -- the prospect of a fresh start in my front and back yard after all.
I want to take the occasion to announce the launch of 1000 new ships. I am re-engaging with the world effectively immediately. Take particular note that this blog is being rechristened as part of the effort. Henceforth this blog -- which up until now primarily served as a dumping ground for all the poems I otherwise didn't know what to do with -- is being reshaped as an online journal, my day book in fact, where you will continue having the chance to read my most personal thoughts, although now recast in prose form. It's all still at no cost to you, I should add.
The fact of the matter is that I'm not writing so much poetry these days. The depression pretty much killed that off, at least for now. If there's ever a change in the status of poetry and my soul, I promise you'll be one of the very first to know.
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Just as I was in the midst of writing this post, the door buzzer rang. It was the FedEx delivery man summoning me downstairs for a package. So mid-sentence I lost my train of thought and went downstairs where I found waiting for me an envelope from JP Morgan Chase. Now usually, I'm thrilled to receive a package and am all in favor of tearing them open right away, eager for the thrill and excitement. It could be a million dollar check, after all, albeit not very likely.
But today was different. I was so engrossed in what I was thinking about, I hurried back upstairs, set the unopened envelope down beside my computer, and immediately resumed writing. That's how important it was for me to get the Lampoetry blog relaunched. If you're curious to find out what's in the envelope (as I am now, quite frankly) you'll just have to come back for more Lampoetry tomorrow.