Welcome back to the weekly challenge. After a day off, how great it is to be back as a writing community?
Last month, Cathy Mere wrote a poem entitled “The Writer” that resonated with me. She has graciously allowed me to republish it here. I hope you will find it as inspiring as I continue to find it.
The WriterThe writer
people who shaped her life
moments from long ago
along the way.The writer
artifacts of her world
leaving a trail
to help her to find
meaning.The writerlistenscapturingsnippets of conversation at a nearby tablethe gentle sound of the nightthe bird chorus at sunrise.The writerwatchesstudyingthe moon resting on the tree’s long arms
the heron waiting to pounce
the rain bouncing off pavement.The writerreadsnotinglines that take her breath awaywords that jump from the pagephrases of language.The writertakes in the worldall the storiesall the sounds
all the wordsand breathes new life
in the ordinary.The writerrecordswritesscratchesrewritesrethinks
to make us notice
if only for a second
all that is before us.
holds the stories tightly
shaping them with her heart,
until the page speaks,
the story unfolds,
the world is changed.
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.