by Linda Stecker
Let there be poetry.
the fruit tree leaves are browning,
struggling to live in the heat where I’ve neglected them.
I stay cool but I am struggling too; dehydrated, unconnected.
The birds only come to get their seeds.
When the food is gone, so are they.
I stop looking out the window at the brown, dry yard.
I don’t wait for them and they don’t wait for me.
The storm left dirt on my porch.
The pots are knocked over.
I look outside every day and think I should change something.
I should get out there.
The tomatoes are dead and the peppers are looking sad.
I want to rest more than I want to change the outside world.
So I do
at least for today.
at some point
these words can be beautiful.
They can make it
from my mind to the page intact.
For now they are partly here.
The other parts are lost in the air somewhere,
I try to extract them and they are gone.
Or worse they have become dirt.
Not that there’s anything wrong with dirt.
It’s just not what I had in mind.
With great respect I introduce, poet, Linda Stecker. Linda was a recent participant of The Story You Need to Tell online writing workshops I assist with. Author Sandra Marinella and I conduct workshops through a variety of venues (Mayo Clinic, Changing Hands Bookstore, nonprofits, etc.). We guide people through narrative therapy – writing with an emphasis on healing. As I have written in the past, it is an honor to share space with writers from around the world and to hold their stories with trust and admiration. Workshops vary in duration, but the final celebratory day includes writers sharing a piece they have been working on. Most of our participants write narratives that are deeply moving and personal. Occasionally a poet shows up.
Linda is that rare poet who graced us with her contemplative nature. She fits writing around her busy life as a financial analyst, mom of three, and wife. Thank you for joining me in celebrating her poem, “Poetry Outside,” and wishing her the very best in her writing journey that is just beginning. ✍🏻✨ Enjoy her paired song selection. 🎶
Thank you for visiting, reading, and supporting a talented poet! Be well. 💗 Michele
If you are interested in learning more about our writing workshops, supported by Marinella’s book, The Story You Need to Tell, – “the product of her pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, her years of teaching writing, and her research into its profound healing properties” – please email me through my contact page.
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