It is the last day of writing with the Two Writing Teachers community of reflective writers during the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. I started the journey by creating. and connecting with new slicers or friends whom I've written alongside for years in artful ways.
Writing is a practice of the heart on a journey of self-discovery. It "brings us back to the uniqueness of our minds and an acceptance of it." (Natalie Goldberg)
31 Days of Writing
connecting with my thoughts:
scattered singed ashes,
namaste, quietness, and the big bad wolf.
International Women's Day passes.
I breathe in Grandma love
trying to make sense of the nature of March.
Snowflakes dance and
nuggets of thoughts float along.
I write my day in six-word memoirs,
pause for right eye cataract surgery
and a few weeks of post-surgery.
The creative process continued
with a touch of green and baking.
I'm ready for the slicers' party
that welcomes springtime,
to continue to write.
Late night thoughts surface
before the stroke of midnight.
I write new formats.
An ekphrastic dodoitsu evolves.
Winter in spring roars in.
I dream of capturing the
sensitivity of the moment
in family pictures,
especially when birthdays are special.
leads to soul-calming moments
and this sweet ending
to yet another month of daily writing.
The above index poem catalogs my past month of daily writing for the Two Writing Teachers 2022 Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. You can click on the words in green to link to my daily slices at my website, Beyond LiteracyLink.
What's Up Next?
Since writing is a journey of the mind and heart, I will continue to write poetry throughout April, National Poetry Month, and as a priority, unveil my Winter's Embrace Gallery of Artistic Expressions. Each creation will focus on capturing the "humanity of the moment" in photos as stated by photographer Robert Frank.
Thank you poet-teacher, Heidi Mordhorst for hosting Poetry Friday. I am heading over to see what poetic goodness she has for April 1st.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for this daily meeting place to connect with a community of reflective writers and thank you Amy Ellerman on behalf of Two Writing Teachers for your congratulatory send-off on this last day of the 15th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.
Readers, thank you for joining me at my March Musings 2022 this year.
I appreciate your comments and commitment to writing.
It's been a wonderful experience exchanging slices with you.
Was fun to slice alongside you and so many others. Will check out some of your slices in the days to come!ReplyDelete
Celia, it is so sweet of you to say that you will check out some of my slices. I hope to see you at future Tuesday Slices of Life.Delete
Celia, can you please send me your blog link so I can read through your slices? Thank you for connecting with me. I do like slicing alongside you, also.Delete
This is a creative way to celebrate the month long writing. I am impressed you used all your titles in a meaningful way. I am also impressed that you have energy to take on another challenge. Then again you are a writer and a poet through and through. I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your comments on my posts.ReplyDelete
Terje, I think we are good exchangers of information and commentaries on each other's work. I feel comfortable when reading your comments. Being supportive is a mark of a reflective writer. I appreciate you, Terje, and thank you for supporting me.Delete
Carol, I love the way you incorporated your titles into this poem. I enjoy your posts, your insights. Thanks for your comments and encouraging words on my posts.ReplyDelete
Bob, thanks for being a slicer partner this month. I always look forward to your slices and replies to mine.Delete
Will you join me for poetry writing during National Poetry Month?
Carol, I don't know if I have a month of poems in me. I check it out, though. I have never looked into it. Where do I go for information?Delete
Bob, many of the Poetry Friday group will write blogs with with poems using the hashtag #NationalPoetryMonth. It is an optional event for writers. You could write along with me if you like. Maybe we can get some more slicers to form a small group. We would not have to congregate every day. What do you think if I throw out the idea at next Tuesday's Slice of Life?Delete
Carol, that sounds doable.Delete
How fun to turn your slices into a poem!ReplyDelete
It was great fun putting the pieces in order, just like a puzzle, Mary Lee. I actually created the poem in 2 stages. Days 1-22 came first and then 23-31.Delete
Carol, I am in awe of what you have accomplished in your thirty one days! You so inspire me with your focus, commitment and talent.ReplyDelete
Janice, your comment makes me smile. During the past couple of months, I have struggled with getting deadlines met but I was determined to carve out some time for me to in the writing zone. It hasn't been easy but it continues to be worthwhile. It helps to have poetry friends, like you, supporting my efforts.Delete
This is so cool, Carol! I love this condensed month in a poem that feels connected, yet surprising! Hope you're healing well. Don't overdo it with your eye. You're such a dedicated commenter, but you probably have limited eye energy for reading all the blogs. The PF community will still be here when you're ready, so if you need to take a break from reading/commenting, do it! Take care of yourself!ReplyDelete
This index poem is an amazing way to reflect on all the writing you have done this month! Thank you for all of the encouraging comments you have given me during this month's challenge. I'm looking forward to connecting with you more in the future. Enjoy poetry writing in April!ReplyDelete
This is such a clever way of bringing tall those slices together in one celebratory poem. Thank you for your post.ReplyDelete
Wonders do happen in March, as you so beautifully wrote (& linked), Carol. Now, Happy April!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Linda. My surgery eye has been annoying me so today I will try and respond to comments posted and I will try to get some PF more posts read. Healing is a slow process so the doctor said he is postponing the next surgery until the right eye's inflammation decreases. Have a great week and NPM month.Delete
I think slicing for a whole month is a monumental achievement! Your index poem grabs it all. Enjoy the month, Carol!ReplyDelete
I have never been up to the Slice Challenge. Congrats to YOU! And, this is the coolest index ever. What a great idea!ReplyDelete
Linda, I am really late for commenting because my eyes have been stinging from the surgery. Today is Slice of Life Tuesday so I am off to write.Delete
A clever index, Carol. I shall have to look at my titles and see if this would work, too. Happy NPM! Looking forward, as always, to your creations.ReplyDelete
Your 'index poem' is a brilliant display of a month well spent, Carol. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bridget for visiting. I appreciate your comment.Delete
Carol! You continue to inspire me! An INDEX poem! I look forward to trying this out. It was a beautiful way to capture all that March brought .ReplyDelete
I'm curious to hear/read more of your rambling autobiography–life is full, yes… thanks Carol!ReplyDelete