What Are You Doing At Midnight?

What are you doing at midnight? Whatever it is, take some photos. Write a few lines. Scribble a poem. Sketch us a sketch. Write a song. Dance a dance. Cook us a midnight treat, mix us a twelve o’clock cocktail. Whatever you are doing at midnight, post it on your blog and share it with us by posting a pingback or making a link back to my comment section..

These are my actions in the hour leading up to midnight on Mar 13, 2021 in San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico. (On Lake Chapala near Guadalajara.)

Initially, I was fussing over the succulent wall, that I’d changed yesterday, again switching things around. (Click on photos to enlarge and read captions.)

Now, what are you doing at midnight?

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

11 thoughts on “What Are You Doing At Midnight?

  1. SAM VOELKER

    A bit late to talk about last night at midnight, I have already “sprung forward”, and sprung out of bed, loosing a whole damn hour in the process~! Now I have given Tami her 1/2 of a baby size Dramamine to make her a better traveling companion, and we are on our way to my Son’s house to help him paint his bathroom… But I have plans, I made “red beans and rice last night (about midnight, that was not), with Andouille Sausage”, to take with us for lunch, an old Coonass standby on a cool, damp spring day. All we will need to do is pop it into the microwave and put a slice of water melon and an old fashioned glass of Southern Comfort on ice, and we will have a great lunch.

    But your poem with the typewriter on the blue wall gave me an idea that you may like, and by midnight tonight I may have it jelled enough to tell you about it.
    SAM

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I am wondering what happened to my old typewriters. Probably buried in the ground under where my folks’ last house (which blew away in a tornado) was. They just dozed in the basement as we were all long gone by then.
      Moved away, not expired.

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      1. SAM VOELKER

        I still have my little “Royal Quiet Deluxe Portable Typewriter” that I drug all over the place with me. It is somewhere upstairs with all the other stuff that I will never use again, but it has a lot of miles and many fine memories on it and must still look like new. I got curious and “Googled it”, finding out that it could be worth as much as $400. That kind of price always make us feel good, but who would want or need it~? I also have a couple of very, very old typewriters in my office library (but only as collector items) one of them is a very early 20th century. model.. (Not hung on the wall though)

        Your blue wall typewriter and my taking un-approved liberty to add a verse to your poem brought up a “brain storm” about a poetry writing venture, in a round robin style, with one person starting out with one or two verses, giving parameters such as the type, subject, word and line count, and other neat rules, such as using an archaic or little used word or two, making others sit up and think. After posting, passing their effort on to the next person in line, who must follow the gist of the story, with the same parameters, sticking to the main subject and only able to add to the plot, This may only run about a week at a time with the last person of the week then setting the next weeks title, subject and parameters, thus moving to the first in line on the next week copy.

        My thought about this actually came to me, while remembering Boccaccio’s Decameron.
        It is so fitting with our covid 19 epidemic, because it also takes place while these ten people were taking refuge from the Black Death and told their stories nightly~! Of course Decameron means 100 stories told by these seven women and three men, over a period of time….But I was thinking on a much shorter version, not unlike other full frame structured prose, as these 10 characters do; but rather reducing it to verses told in continuation of a given poem and subject. It would be fun to see where this could lead us.

        I am sure you remember Decameron, as well as other such efforts like Voltaire’s
        novella, “Candide” and other such serialized travels like Don Quixote. I have not yet put enough thought into this, so it needs a lot more structure, which you may want to think about. I am thinking about one week runs for each complete poetic novella of sorts,,,

        The Decameron: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decameron

        SAM

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          1. SAM VOELKER

            I had forgotten the Canterbury Tales, but then Chaucer though having great stories, sometime left me with questions, due to missing continuity. But that was a very long time ago~!

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I learned on one of those big clunky royals but then got a little portable Smith Corona for Xmas that got me through high school, college and 10 years of teaching.

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