In my early morning writing, waiting for Little Man to come, I found myself not sure what to write. It was not a matter of no ideas but of too many little thoughts jumping from place to place. Some of those thoughts are better placed in my personal journal, some fit well into my garden notebook and then there was a to do list that kept popping into my head.
I decided the way to settle this was to read a few posts from todays Slice of Life Challenge. Certainly that would give me focus, settle my ideas. But instead it sent me off into new and glorious thoughts. I found things that fit my own thinking on age and how different things are now (thanks: Aging gracefully or not – Diane Lisa and My how things have changed in 70 years – arjeha)
Then I ran into Beth Sanderson and her lovely poetry. There was What Lies Beneath and the a poem from March 3rd – Three kinds of Rain. Both of these poems fit into my love of the natural world and had me wanting to play with poetry as this early spring arrives here in Minnesota. Birds singing, snow melting, plants growing are perfect for this kind of writing.
I thought let’s just read one more of these posts they are so much fun. So on I went to Margaret Simon’s Erasure Every Letter. She was thinking about time again but that time between writing a hand written letter and when it is received compared to our instant type and send text or email. That thought alone had me interested and then she tied it to Georgia O Keefe and her letters to her husband and ending with a poem found among the words of others. ( An added plus was a reference to a article in The American Scholar that I now need to find and read)
Oh, so much learning this morning and so many more ideas to push me out of my head and into new thoughts and feeling. It is what I have found missing during the pandemic – conversations with others that brings new ideas and interesting thoughts. Talk that stirs up my emotions and brings new energy into my daily thoughts. Conversations with “strangers” give me new ways to see the world, new ways to think about the world around me. (Although I must say the friends here at Two Writing Teachers are not strangers. Some I know well over years of writing here together and others are quickly becoming new friends – a thought for another day)
And to think I only read four posts before I began to write. Each time I returned to the TWT site there were more and more entries to read. So much good writing to think about.
For now I will end – heading off to think about what I read and where I want to take those ideas. Maybe later tonight I can return to see what other wonderful ideas are waiting to be discovered.
Thanks TWT for all your work in setting this up and keeping us together! Great Job!