Poetry Month Day 3: Birthday Tribute

Today my niece would have been twenty-one. Birthdays. They’re weird when the person we wish to celebrate is instead memorialized, made tribute-to. Grief is weird. Today, I’m sharing the poem I wrote last year because I don’t think I can do much better – but I’m adding an encouraging post-script for those of you whoContinue reading “Poetry Month Day 3: Birthday Tribute”

Poetry Month, Day 1: Why Poetry

Of course, she thoughtOf course I can write emailsAnd articlesAnd storiesAnd reflectionsAnd journal entries Of course, she thought,There’s something to be saidFor prosaic expression:Tamed thoughtsHerded wordsIn nice neat linesIn nice neat columnsOf nice neat paragraphs And of course, she thoughtThere comes a pointWhen words need to spillInto whatever shapeOr formOr styleThey demand And it isContinue reading “Poetry Month, Day 1: Why Poetry”

Story Challenge Day 31: Finding the Words

A while back, I was looking for a word to describe the relationships that I have with the writers I’ve gotten to know online through the March story challenge. I wanted a word that accurately captured the synergy I feel with so many of you. And when I’m looking for a word that fits exactlyContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 31: Finding the Words”

Story Challenge Day 30: List Poem

Today, I have decided, I will write a list poem. About all of the things that made me happy And maybe some other stuff Depending on where the words lead me. Right now my house is empty But full Of delicious cooking-smells: Sundubu jjigae for later this week Breakfast for dinner tonight Banana bars forContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 30: List Poem”

Story Challenge Day 29: Requiem

Well, it finally happened. After six years of wearing my absolute favorite shirt on the planet, I put it on for an afternoon workout, only to discover a giant hole right under the arm. I don’t even know how it happened. I wore it last week. Was that hole there last week? I mean, IContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 29: Requiem”

Story Challenge Day 28: House Poem

NOTE TO SELF: Lainie, when you come across someone’s post that you want to try out, remember to note whose blog you found it on so that you can easily give them credit and you don’t spend a random half hour looking for a link. All right, friends. Ideally, I’d link you up with myContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 28: House Poem”

Story Challenge Day 27: Another Little Word

My One Little Word for this year was hard to come by. I went through a lot of thinking before I settled in on space: space to just be, space to figure out what exactly I wanted or needed for myself. Well. I’ve been taking space. I’ve had time on my couch with some flairContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 27: Another Little Word”

Story Challenge Day 26: Happy Accident?

It all started at 5:45 am, when my Fitbit buzzed me awake. It was the first of two alarms I set so I’d be sure to get up to bring my mom to the airport. For the record, I’m not a person who snoozes alarms, but I am a person who gets anxious about thingsContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 26: Happy Accident?”

Story Challenge Day 25: Still Beaming

Zoom-tethered,across themiles gathered,a group of writers –we found one anotherI finally came to seevoices behind the author’s voicethe people who make words that make meremember how good it is to connect What fun I had yesterday at the Slicer Meet-Up! I had a great time chatting with some amazing fellow writers. Go swing by andContinue reading “Story Challenge Day 25: Still Beaming”