Tuesday, July 30, 2019

To Write is To Be

The art of writing is a lifelong practice of noticing, wondering and believing in the power of voice. It is a delicate balancing of ideas coming from a myriad of responses to life. After reading poet and children's book author, Kat Apel's post from the CYA Conference in Brisbane, Australia, I started thinking about the quote she shared.

"To write is to be. We are a tapestry of everything we've ever written."
-Isobel Carmondy


Writing is in the make-up of my being.
It is a thread that keeps
spinninglengthening, and
filling spaces of my mind. 

It is my equation: 
a little bit of this plus a little bit of that- 
my recipe for a unique
taste of life.

I am the tapestry

of everything I have ever written.
Word weaving is my process
to see and understand this world.
©CVarsalona, 2019

There is wonder in this world. With a positive outlook, we can find it showcased in nature and everyday happenings. I believe that my yoga practice has taught me to be more aware of what I see and to unveil that in my writing and digital artwork. My practice has gone through remixes and new designs in the creative pursuit of being mindful and aware. Within the productive struggle, I often find ideas brewing, rising, and becoming entities of thoughtful wondering.

To write is to be but to engage in the act is about becoming. 

-a piece of #digitalart I created for my #EmbraceableSummer Gallery collection-

On Slice of Life Tuesday, I write to join the Two Writing Teachers community
to be inspired by other writers.


  1. Having a positive outlook really changes how we look at things and approach different situations. "I am the tapestry of everything I have ever written." Love this. How true.

    1. I am so glad that I read Kat Apel's blog and found the quote that sums up my writer's journey. Thanks for stopping by. I hope your house remains cool for the rest of this hot summer.

  2. Writing and the noticing it requires allows the gratitude to grow. Mindfulness, wondering, writing - this combination feels so good.

    1. Terje, it is so good to hear from you. I have been thinking of you. Gratitude is a daily practice to engage in as I wonder and write. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. How wonderful that this resonated with you, too. Isobel made so many exquisite observations. It was a feast to reread my notes. Lovely, reflective poem and post.

    1. Thanks for inspiring me, Kat. Your notes were great bites of what you learned. I appreciate your comments.

  4. Love the metaphors in your poem and these concluding words:
    "Word weaving is my process
    to see and understand this world."

    1. Thank you for finding those metaphors, Ramona. I was weaving my words while writing today. It may have been an outgrowth from our mind over matter practice in yoga that inspired me after reading Kat Apel's post.

  5. Yes! Yes! Yes! I loved everything about this slice, especially your poem. Indeed, "To write is to be but to engage in the act is about becoming." I loved this line!