Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ebb and Flow of Writing

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Dear Writing,

I've missed you.
Been gone too long
All the excuses are there...
Too busy, work, family, friends
But it's not enough
I haven't made time for you
and I'm sorry.

When I avoid you,
I feel it.

I need you!
Please forgive me.
It's just that you ask,
you demand EVERYTHING from me
and my resistance comes from
the fear that I didn't have enough to give

I don't care anymore!
Whether you're good or
you're bad... I need you in my life.

Recommitted. That's me:
4AM morning pages.
Working on my book.
Notebook writing. Blog writing.
Card writing.
Bullet journaling.

I'm back. I'm here to stay.
Ready to offer you everything
because the truth is
You. Are. Everything. Love,

This poem speaks to my reluctance and struggle to sit down and write lately. It's inspired (the format is blatantly stolen) from the retirement poem that Kobe Bryant wrote and published yesterday. His words surprised me and moved me and inspired me. The other reason for this poem is a webinar, The Potency of Poetry, that I listened to last night between Donalyn Miller and Kwame Alexander. They talked about poetry for an hour. Here are some of my favorite lines from Kwame Alexander... "My goal is to make words cool and make words fun!" "I've seen poems dance!" "You don't dissect poetry. You dissect frogs." After listening to his passion for poetry, I woke up this morning inspired to return to it. Thanks for reading! I hope your day brings you poems that dance and words that are cool and fun!


  1. Dear Michelle,

    My page has been empty,
    a canvas of ideas
    not yet composed.
    I've missed your musings;
    your ideas;
    your passion.
    so, you have arrived back here
    just in time.
    Write me.
    I am ready to be written.
    Your Stories, Poems, Posts, Ideas

    PS .. from the Sunrise Writing Club

  2. I love your honesty and your commitment to being a better you. Writing every morning? Could I do that? You make me want to try. And then there's this way cool response from Kevin. He shows up in the most surprising places.

  3. Ok...this post from your words, to Kobe's words, to Kevin's words have brought me to tears and put a smile on my face all at the same time! You may have stopped writing but I know you didn't wander too far. Once writing has become part of your life, it just doesn't go away. "See" you Saturday!

  4. Love every inch of this post. You always inspire me and my students. I am so grateful for your thoughts.

  5. You remind me of the old saying, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." It sounds as if you're ready to stop wishing and get that BIC, back to writing, the thing you love. I love that you started with a poem, and now onward. Looking forward to hearing all about your time with the words, Michelle.

  6. Earlier this year I set a writing goal for myself. When I didn't manage to meet that goal, I simply gave up. Your words have reinspired me! Thank you!!

  7. I hear you, my friend, having just emerged from a writing vacuum. I love the joy and sense of purpose in your SOL - the perfect stance.

  8. You're speaking to my heart. My post on Monday was about how I am taking (learning from other blogs) and not reciprocating (by writing on my blog) This is perfect - thank you for your honesty.

  9. You're speaking to my heart. My post on Monday was about how I am taking (learning from other blogs) and not reciprocating (by writing on my blog) This is perfect - thank you for your honesty.

  10. You're back, Michelle. How wonderful! I will definitely listen to the webinar between two fav authors that you suggested. How about a quick fall poem with one of your famous photos for Autumn's Palette Gallery? (maybe Bella playing in the leaves)

  11. Michelle,
    So glad to hear your voice! I have missed you! I'm trying to write with Mary Lee and a couple of others that have joined us this month. Right now, I feel like if I don't have accountability of other writers, I just don't get the writing done. Not sure what that says about me as a writer, but it's true…


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