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  • April 14th, 2011 | 11:30 AM
Poem a Day #14

In the weekly poetic reading/exercises that I am doing with laurasalas I find that some weeks are easier than others. This week's was one of the toughest for me and yet, once I made myself do it, I learned a lot. You can check out the post that started it all here 

People say that if there is no joy in the writing you should just stop writing. Yesterday, today, there was much joy and I am grateful.

Poem a Day #14

Yesterday I challenged myself to call up
an old poem and listen carefully
to the sounds of the story
it spilled upon the page.

Unable to imagine success, I resisted,
like a child unwilling to take a nap.
The task was hard and made my brain hurt
in places that felt unused.

I forced myself
if only to keep from being embarrassed
when I had nothing to show
for the day.

Surprise tapped me on the shoulder
and I was face-to-face
with my old friend joy,
the one that comes with word play.

My pulse raced, just a little,
and though it was time to break for dinner
I found I couldn't stop
I didn't want to stop
I had to write just one more word.

I couldn't hold the high for long,
just long enough
to create a crack, in the concrete,
of my storyteller's soul.

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


( 8 comments — Leave comment )
April 14th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Hooray for joy!
April 22nd, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
April 14th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
April 22nd, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jeannine!
April 14th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
So glad your old friend joy returned! Hope more word playing occurs in the near future :).
April 22nd, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jama. I am having more play days than frustrating days which is big progress for me!
April 14th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
"...I found I couldn't stop...I didn't want to stop..."
That says it all!

Love, Deborah
April 22nd, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: "...I found I couldn't stop...I didn't want to stop..."
Thanks, Deborah.
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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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