How are you, readers?
This week’s “Poem of the Week” marks my first official attempt at a sestina here on my blog and mentions–at least in part–an interest of mine that I have long had and have recently been rekindling, and in no small part at that due to the news I’ve come to read about Whose Line Is It Anyway? coming back on the air this coming July 16 on the CW Television Network. Without wasting any more time, then, here’s Suddenly…Improv! Please enjoy!
April 19, 2013
Dang it! I’ve just realized that I’ve got nothing to say.
Perhaps I’m in need of taking a break.
Here, then…let me step away from the computer for a moment
And see what I can do with some good old-fashioned paper
And pencil, and maybe then I can cleanse my added mind
Of this stagnancy that’s preventing me from completing my work.
Five minutes away from my computer, and my brain’s already starting to work.
At long last, I realize that I do indeed have something to say!
So many thoughts I see dancing ‘round in my mind…
Oh, what a relief it is for me to have taken this break
And see what I can put down on this piece of paper!
Let’s just see, then, what I can come up with at the moment.
Well, as I let my imagination wander for a moment,
I’ve finally come up with a topic that just might work,
And as my pencil leaves its mark upon my paper,
I’ve find that—Holy heck!—I actually have plenty to say.
Hopefully, I can write it all down before my pencil lead decides to break,
For it’s in my better interest to write it down while it’s still fresh in my mind.
You know what it is that has now for me come to mind?
Improv comics and how they can think on the spur of the moment
And create comedy sketches on the spot that make all but the dourest of people break
Into uproarious laughter at them and their work,
From the whimsical actions they do to the bizarre, offbeat things they say,
And all from reading little to nothing that had been prewritten for them on paper.
As these thoughts of mine make their way onto my paper,
I see visions of all the great improv players I’ve come to know come to mind
And all the wacky things they used to do and say
And how oh so long ago I could be able to sit back for a moment
Or two and laugh to my heart’s content at their work.
Truly, such a session proved back then to be a fun little break.
Now I’m coming upon the end of my break,
And as I’m wrapping up all that I’ve been putting down on this paper,
I feel as though I can now focus upon more pressing work,
Feeling renewed by the lesson that has just now penetrated my mind
About improvisation and making the most out of any given moment
To show the world precisely what it is that I have to say.
Well, that’s all I have to say. I’m now done with my break.
Now, pardon me for a moment while I fold up this paper,
For now I’ve got a good mind to get back to work.
And there we have it: my first official sestina on AuthorDustinWeber.Wordpress.com. Hopefully, I’ve done both improvisational comedy and the common sestina justice with this composition. If not, any and all constructive criticism will be welcome. At any rate, though, thank you all once again for stopping by, and as always, be sure to check out my author pages at Smashwords.com, Amazon.com, and Amazon.co.uk to check out my current list of publications. Aside from that, let’s all keep our fingers crossed for a successful season of Whose Line Is It Anyway? this coming summer, and until we meet again, happy reading!
Dustin M. Weber