Words on Wednesday

Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 by Travis Cody in

Dancing update: Shandi and Brian go home. Next up for our remaining couples - Paso Doble and Waltz. YAY!! My favorite dance is Waltz!!

So, what to do on this Wednesday. I was working on a story, but it's not really doing anything for me. It's just a bunch of words that don't seem to go anywhere interesting.

A poem perhaps? I could pull an older piece. But that's the problem. I have older work, but very few new verses. I need something fresh.

I started a particular piece a couple of months ago. As with most of my poetry, the opening lines just wrote themselves. But I've been struggling with the theme. Is it a poem of spring? Of renewal? Is it melancholy? Does it have a point at all?

The best thing I can say about poetry is that it does have meaning. This poem means something to me - it must since it came from my thoughts. But that meaning may have absolutely nothing to do with you, my dear reader. You may find something entirely different. Or you may find nothing at all.

Anything to anyone or nothing to no one, these are my words on Wednesday.

I Watched A Flower Grow
By Travis Cody

I watched a flower grow
A blur of color through my window
Simple and elegant
Beckoning spring to dance

I watched a cloud form
A soft shadow on the horizon
Placid in the moment
Yet holding ominous intent

I see the starkness in a life
Challenged daily by strife
Wishing only for peace
And a quiet place to dream

I have a song in my mind
A melody strong and alive
Yearning to be heard
To be sung and shared

A thing of joy, the flower
Roiling cloud chooses the hour
The music of many souls
May guide the weary ones home

April 2007

On this day in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis TN. He was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. We have come so far, and still have so far to travel. Give a thought to the idea of peace, justice, and liberty for all. I believe that it is in the striving for these things that we find in ourselves the better human being.


  1. cathy says:

    Travis let me see if I've got this righr. Committed to your lady, poetic and interested in dancing.You must be a figment of my imagination; Send some DNA to Scotland, to the guy who made Dolly the sheep. You owe it to the desperate women of the world!

  1. Tisha! says:

    A waltz man :))))

    That flower is us.

    Thanks for sharing your gift with us Trav!

    BIG hug

  1. julie says:

    Thanks Travis! I always enjoy stopping here.


  1. Bond says:

    I think Tisha Belle has it right on the flower...or it is just because we are both originally from Da Bronx...

    Thanks for the reminder about Dr. King...

  1. Travis says:

    Cathy: It's just me being me my dear. Thanks!

    Tisha: Blooming and blossoming as the world gets smaller? Could be.

    Julie: Big hugs right back atcha baby!

    V: Could be, but it's a good interpretation regardless.

  1. Mags says:

    I agree with Cathy. We need more Trav's in the world.

    I enjoyed the poem very much.

  1. SGT DUB says:

    show-off. Just kidding of course, I really did like the poem, (just don't tell the other guys).

  1. Angell says:

    Trav - you just keep getting better and better - maybe you should run a class for the rest of the men in the world.

    Love the poem - it's beautiful.

    Pam is one lucky lucky lady.

  1. Matt-Man says:

    Good job. But I must admit when I first read the second line I thought it said, "burst of colon"...Not a pleasant thought.

  1. Danielle says:

    I like it Trav.
    I too write poetry and I love starting off with a repeated phrases and action words. Some of my poems write themselves completely, some tease me with the first two lines that seem to fall from the sky. Thank you being so wordy on this wednesday.

  1. Danielle says:

    I also wanted to show my appreciation for reminding us of the sacrifice made by Dr. King. Tolerance and acceptance are two different things. We need to accept our relation to each and every person in this world. We are family. Peace will come when we recognize this.

    All the best Trav

  1. BeckEye says:

    I likey the poem.

  1. Maryfly says:

    Hey HHT, loved the poem, your talent amazes me. hugs

  1. lisa says:

    I love the line "beckoning spring to dance". a thought provoking poem...

  1. Jay says:

    Flowers are so oblivious to what we think of them. Very nice.

  1. Turnbaby says:

    I am so glad you finished it sugar. It's funny i was sorting out my mail inbox this past weekend and moving things into folders when i came across the early draft and wondered if you had finished it.



  1. Travis says:

    Mags: Awwww shucks.

    Dub: Mum's the word. Your secret is safe.

    Angell: I'm the lucky one.

    Matt: I hope that isn't a premonition.

    Danielle: That happens to me too. I never really sit down to write a poem - the poem usually ends up writing me.

    Beck: Thanky kindly.

    Mary: Hugs right back atcha darlin.

    Lisa: Thank you my dear.

    Jay: They are, aren't they? The little buggers.

    Turn: I had to look at it and put it away several times before the right words came.

  1. TopChamp says:

    I like it - it could be nice to music too.