I love writing for new audiences so I am happy to share that my poem, Seventh Street, is published at Visual Verse!
Visual Verse is unique in that it is an ongoing monthly anthology of words. Each month brings a new photo prompt and shares the best written responses. Since I enjoy writing in response to word and photo prompts, even if the writing stays on my notebook page, I look forward to the writing challenge Visual Verse provides each month.
Lately I have been focusing on telling stories. When I first began avidly writing poetry, haikus were the easiest way for me to put down a thought while longer poems turned into scrawls of jumbled feelings.
I thought I wasted notebooks on dead writing, but I needed those unclear scrawls to help me learn to write focused feelings. I have to follow writing where it goes to discover the hidden impressions I have inside myself, tickling at crevices of my heart.
It is easy to disregard something or stop yourself from doing something because you think it is wasteful or foolish, but your immediate instincts know what you need to do and, although I do hesitate and even often find myself facing a challenge, I do not regret it when I follow my gut. I may cringe now when I flip through old notebooks, but I know the ink and paper were not wasted because I needed to let go of old ideas to make space for new ones to grow.
I invite you to read Seventh Street, my latest new idea.
I have heard
You can take your cat to
And those split hairs
That reflect your sins
And those chipped claws
That hunt through your albums . . . please continue reading here and feel free to share your beautiful thoughts!