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Burning Man 2010 Art, 3:15 Experiment Poetry, 2011 “Rites of Passage”

September 6, 2010

Poetry from the 3:15 Experiment 2010
Sunday August 29, 2010 3:15am (home)

It passes, time does.
A day. A week. A month.
We get through time.
We get by.

We go to bed in fog.
And wake to sun.
We go to bed with stars.
We wake to a damp world.
We go to church or brunch
swimming lessons and bike rides
The cat gets fed
the plants watered
the bills paid.
Alarms go off.
And words get scribbled.
Dirty clothes & dishes pile up
eventually get washed.

Eventually August is over.
Soon it is September.
How fast can you count to 31?

We let time slip away.
We fill the hours.
We survive.
We live.
We go to bed
and most of us wake up again
the next morning.

We have the same 24 hours.
It is up to us what
we do with it. But
it passes, time does.

The 201o Art theme for Burning Man was Metropolis; in 2011 it will “Rites of Passage” (learn more here). I chose this 3:15 Experiment poem to post today because it connects with next year’s Burning Man theme and I chose 2010 Burning Man photos from Shane Butler to go along with it. Thanks Shane!

Burning Man traditionally ends on Labor Day Monday; in 2011 Labor Day lands on Monday Sept. 5. Burning Man typically opens its gates the previous Sunday, during 2011’s 3:15 Experiment which runs every night during the month of August at 3:15am.

I post poetry on this site most Mondays, mostly my own, but sometimes by others, especially by Paul Squires and often from my 3:15 Experiment work from over the years–I’ve been getting up to write at 3:15 every niht I can in August since 2001. Catch a ride on the Monday Poetry Train and see what other poets posted today.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2010 3:48 pm

    Wow – what amazing images from Burning Man. I really love that tree on the pillar with the roots clinging.

    Gwen, you’ve really amazed me with your resolve during this year’s 3:15 Experiment. I know that continuing on was a tribute both to Paul and to your mom – but it impresses me, all the same.

    And I’m glad you were able to watch part of the Burning Man through video remote.

  2. Jennifer Cho permalink
    September 9, 2010 7:57 am

    Another wow ~ moved by the poems and the photos. Awesome work!!!

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