I started this post thinking, Don’t you dare start talking about fires and pandemics! Then, my local news reported something about two people in New York being kept under observation due to the Coronavirus. Soon after that, a friend who lives in Australia told me about how heart-sick and physically ill she is as a result of the fires. So, here I am thinking about fires and pandemics, wondering how these events are affecting your bit of the world, hoping the world can breathe through these terrible times (without choking on humanity’s recklessness), wishing we can do something—truly do something—to remedy all the devastation we’ve caused.
But… in the words of Neal Stephenson, “The mind [can’t] think about the End of the World all the time. It [needs] the occasional break.” I say, let writing and reading poetry and prose be our break on this day (even if what we write is inspired by that which we are taking a break from).
Announcements and Reminders:
- the topic for our upcoming Weekly Scribblings is “New Tricks”. Rommy would like us to consider the phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, and express any thoughts we might have on it in either poetry or prose form.
- did you miss Rosemary’s latest Wild Fridays? If yes, take a moment to visit the post and read “Orphan in the Forest”, a thought-provoking poem that stays with you (well, it stayed with me).
Now, the 4th Writers’ Pantry is open. Bring on the words! This is an unprompted event, so please share a poem or a story or a letter or an article or… you get the point. Your contribution can be old or new. If you choose to link prose, it should be 369 words or fewer. Go ahead, add the link to your poetry or prose to Mr. Linky. The Writers’ Pantry will remain open until Tuesday night.
“We Are All Connected”, by MagicLoveCrow