On Writing

Poem 335 – Tell Each Other & Yin Writing

Tell Each Other

The following things:

If there’s a rice-looking snot in a nostril (or any shape of snot, actually)
If there’s a dark chunk of food between teeth (or any coloured chunk of food, actually)

If breathe is deathly
If a bra shows through
If ear wax is showing
If one smells like poo

If you need an ear or both
If you need a hug or hand-hold
If you need a laugh or cry
If you need an eye or both

Please, tell each other because
of all the things we say each day
typed or texted or zoomed
we’re doomed
if we can’t ask for what we need
or point out what we see, gently

I’ll tell you you’ll tell me
when I need to wipe my face
for vulnerability stands on grace
& kindness opens space for

Love lots and lots of love


Here is the link for the month of December. It is the same for each weekly session. If you have any trouble getting in, please text/call Vanessa at 519-999-2314.

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Congratulations to all those who are National Novel Writing Month Winners! That means they wrote 50,000 words in the month of November! Me, well, I’m not winner this year, coming in with just under 4,000 words. But I tell you what, I handled some desperate structure and plot issues, and feel reignited with my characters and story – ONWARD WRITERS! May the words continue to flow, no matter what the pace!

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