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  • April 5th, 2011 | 10:06 PM
Poem a Day #5

For the month of March I gave myself permission to not write and to try and learn how to play (mostly with art.) My hope was that I could find a way to reconnect with my lost writer self. Now that the month of play is over I am trying to distill what I have learned on my journey in my poem-a-day project for National Poetry Month.

Painting kept me in the here and now. In ten and fifteen minute increments I could focus on colors and textures and forget about writing. Except I could never really forget. Not completely.

Two more haiku

untold stories wait
while silence overwhelms me.
at my desk, I weep

I am a writer
who does not write, undefined,
who am i now?

© 2011 Susan Taylor Brown. All rights reserved.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 6th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Susan, these really spoke to me. As does your whole March-as-play idea. Thank you.

(And the answer to that last question? You are a treasure.)
April 6th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Amy. I hope you get the chance to have some playtime of your own soon.

And thank you especially, for that last line.
April 6th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, precisely. The most painful part of being a writer.
April 6th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Glad to know I am not alone in feeling the pain....but here's hoping for fruitful writing days ahead for us all.
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April 6th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sure. I never expected I was alone on this journey.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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