On Writing

Poem 152 – Whole & The Joy of Editing – This Thursday!


Are we meant to see the whole picture?
I mean, how often do you stand naked in front of a full-length mirror
& stare at your whole body?
Most days it’s the face – a lean in to examine a wrinkle or quick nostril check
Perhaps a medium view boobs shoulders neck face
Judging the tautness of the skin on your arms
Counting your chins as you brush your teeth: spit rinse wipe

Pandemic life has made our mirrors lonely
Or maybe they too are enjoying the quieting of our demon voices
For less looking means kinder mind chatter? 

Maybe this break is the perfect time to get naked, after all? 
To super-hero flex your arms in tight half-circles
Push your belly & slap it jovially
Turn to the side & admire your bum
That thing so useful these days

Might you jump up & down?
Marvel at the ripple effect of your skin jiggling?
When you laugh, see what it does to your whole body
Holy – it could be a spiritual awakening this whole picture
This all-inclusive equal giving of attention to your forest
To each of your trees to your roots & your flexibility in the storm

Please join us! This Thursday, June 3, 2021 7pm!

Reading & Discussion with Vanessa Shields and Editor/Poet Abigail Roelens about the writer/editor relationship and all its joys!
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM EST

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Thimbles: the Joy of Editing
Register in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ORzI_8mcTxyeaWHISQhbjA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thank you to the League of Canadian Poets for a grant for this event!

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