Gestation: Q and A for a Poet

What is the gestation period for a poem?
I think it depends on the genus and species
of the specimen.
Perhaps an hour for a limerick
And maybe a few years for a sonnet
Possibly months for a haiku.
Some epics aren’t born but evolve
over decades after a tidal tumult in the mind
And a single prescient
metaphor ages a lifetime
in the soul.

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About Connie

Connie Pursell is a baby boomer and a technical writer in the world of healthcare claims. Did Jesus Have a Cat? is her first book of essays. Connie misquotes Shakespeare: “Some are born quirky, some achieve quirkiness, and some have quirkiness thrust upon them.” She thinks she was born quirky but didn’t find her voice or full quirky potential until her later years. She grew up in Lancaster, California and earned a BA and an MA in English from Cal State University, Long Beach. In addition to essays, she also writes poetry – a couple of poems are included in the book. She is active in volunteer activities, makes beaded jewelry and lives in Laguna Niguel, CA with her three cats.