Well, three weeks ago I finished “A Wreath on Sam’s Grave,” my sonnet wreath that I’ve worked on for months.
When I began, inspired by A Wreath for Emmett Till, I had no idea just how much work actually went into the completion of the project. I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy – sonnet writing, particularly when you confine yourself to iambic pentameter, isn’t exactly the path of least resistance. Trying to confine your thoughts to ten beats a line, and then making them rhyme (have YOU ever tried to find a word that rhymes with “Taliban”?) may have been some of the most difficult creative writing I’ve ever attempted.
But it’s completed. And I submitted it to O Dark Thirty, the publication of the Veterans Writing Project. One of their requirements for publication is that the writer must either be active military or veteran, or be immediate family to said same. As I indicated in my cover letter, my grandfather was in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and earned six bronze stars for his service in Europe and Northern Africa. My wife’s grandfather was in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. My father-in-law served in Turkey in the Air Force, and my brother-in-law did a tour with the Marines in Afghanistan.
So I’m pretty qualified there.
Now I just have to wait to hear word back if they actually LIKE my work. It’s been three weeks, and they’re a quarterly publication, so I’m not too worried yet. If they accept it, wonderful. If not, I’ll revise it and submit it elsewhere.
Work can always be revised, God knows that. And my work is no exception. But this is something that I really want to see published, so I’ll keep re-tooling it as needed in order for it to see the light of day.
Thanks for taking this journey with me.