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This morning after Sam got on the school bus I randomly picked The Right to Write by Julia Cameron off the shelf. The first sentence I read stated, " 'I'm afraid' is always what stands between us and the page."
Synchronicity. Cut out fear now. Let's each and all collectively choose to stay the course, even if that familiar friend fear pops up and tries to grab our pencils out of our hand or push our fingers from the keyboard.
Today at "And Now You Write" our topic for writing is Staying the Course; maybe because after another wild and wooly weekend, getting back to the page feels like a monumental task. The thought of lifting my pencil, even lifting my fingers now to the keyboard feels so heavy.
One of my poet friends commented on my blog while I was away yesterday:
"I miss your poetry. Please join us today, our topic is love and romance." I scowled and quickly jotted a first draft:
She asked me to write of love and romance
and all I can think of is other poet's lines:
Gibran said, "Work is love made visible."
and Browning croons, "“Grow old with me,
the best is yet to be.” and I growl,
I pace, I grumble and pout and stammer
Mary Oliver taps on my shoulder, looks
me in the eye and soulfully states:
"“I have been in love more times than one,
thank the Lord."
I quote Pat Benatar lyrics,
"Love is a battlefield" and shout
J. Geils, "Love stinks" and my own,
"Love doesn't read my poetry
anyway so why bother, really?"
My socks are wet
I'm still wearing my jammies
and I am expected to
be inspiring to many in
just 30 minutes
What does love have to say about that?
I feel a sense of smiling between
my shoulder blades
I take a gulp of now cold coffee
I choose to stop grousing and
because more than once
my love has been found
first there, between and
among the words
the love, itself
I may not know love like
Robert and Elizabeth
or Rumi and Shams or
Mary and Molly or
those tricky kids
Romeo and Juliet AND
I do have word love
I'll write to that...
Our Writing Prompt today: I think of it as smorgasbord - at least now, when the prompt and the lesson are still germinating in my mind and heart.
For now, read these prompts and write from what resonates for you. Choose one prompt and begin to write and then, perhaps scoop another and write until you have "written it all out" and then, later today, come back and write again.
You will deepen both your awareness and your devotion. I am convinced of it.
Today I will choose to stay the course because...
If I told the truth about staying the course so that I could fulfill my writing dreams, I would say...
One way I will stay the course today is...
I will speak what is rumbling under my skin: I am scared when I think of staying the course and even though I don't want to say it, I will say...
I will tenaciously, stubbornly, passionately stay the course by doing....
I devote myself to staying the course with my writing and one way I will show that devotion to the world looks like.....
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