Collaboration

Let’s get together, you and meThrow words around and we will seeIf your words mix with my wordsAnd my words mix with yoursThey may enjoy good companyAnd form a poem, Yippee! “People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.” Samuel Butler I meet (via Zoom now) with a friend about … More Collaboration

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Wishing Words [haiku]

Whispering letters coalesce playfully til wishing words emerge “Words on paper have no apparent glow.  Ishi called them bird tracks on white bark. But words on white paper can move from mind to mind like flames from roof to roof in wind not one word spoken.”  Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge Graphic designed in PowerPoint and Paint … More Wishing Words [haiku]

Agile Intent

I intended to write in my journal but a call from my daughter in Europe took precedence over my plan I intended to cook chicken for dinner but dropping temps and a show of snow inspired vegetable soup I intended to go to the gym but sparked by thoughts to create, I stayed home to … More Agile Intent

Commonplace Book

My friend, Sherri, called when I was in a rather deep depression, like many in my country after the presidential election of 2016. Sherri and I live 900 miles apart, but she could hear the hopelessness in my voice. “Are you writing?” she asked. I admitted that I hadn’t. “Then I challenge you to write … More Commonplace Book

February Forecast

February rains pock yesterday’s snow with icy muddy puddles February words rain onto journal pages, as dull, sloshy drivel More snow, though, is expected later in the evening to smooth this sloppy lawn Forecast, too, more words to blanket first-draft babble with soft poetic song   Photo courtesy of Pixabay, adjusted using PaintShop

Tapestry of Life

If you view your tapestry from afar, behold the connected stories unfolding over time – write your memoir If you prefer to move in closer, see vignettes of life events as separate parts of a whole – write short stories If you tend to come in very close, investigate the knotted threads that weave the … More Tapestry of Life

Life Sentence

If I wrote the story of my life, I would want it to be a series of long sentences, strung together with poignant transitions that smoothly connect one phase of my life story to another; not filled with short sentences that end abruptly with a period, or worse yet, an exclamation point! I would want … More Life Sentence

The Perfect Poem

Wanting to write the perfect poem, my inner critic emerges from tangled briars; pulls me into her thorns The only way to escape her is to write Writing a less-than-perfect poem loosens her tangled grip In sunlight I can once again embrace a wholeness that includes my imperfections This poem was inspired by Parker Palmer’s … More The Perfect Poem