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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG Day, September 6, 2017, Have I Ever Surprised Myself In My Own Writing?

Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writer support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:

My report:

Submission August 2017

Three poems to the Lascaux Review

Outstanding Submissions
Lascaux Review – The Woman and Her Dream - Rejection
The Wigleaf - The Box in the Loft - Rejection
 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Anthology – Turn the Lights On – Still Outstanding
Death – a poem in the Rattle Poetry Contest – Still Outstanding

 Have I Ever Surprised Myself  In My Own Writing?

Yes, and a triple yes, yes, yes!  In fact, I find myself being continually amazed when I allow myself to remain open to the voice whispering inside me.

I have never thought of myself as a poet. Poetry is one of those avenues of writing where I sit and read and marvel at the viewpoints some poets in the past saw happening around them. Or, I am astonished at what some poets see taking place in our world today. However, participating in the April WEP Challenge changed my mind about my writing poetry.  I am no longer a lover of poetry but also a writer who also writes poetry.

There are hidden emotions deep within me that react to how humans are treating each other, and I release these emotions by writing poetry.

Change means surprise,
Sometimes shock,
Sometimes, it makes your temper rise,
Or your knees knocked against each other,
Forcing you to step up to  the challenge.
And like David facing Goliath,
You pick up your five stones;
You run toward your mountain,
And slowly you whittle it down to size.

You surprise yourself.
What you’ve discovered,
Has melted away a portion of the iceberg
That lies within you,
And moved you toward your dream.

Have a lovely month of September and walk peaceably through life if you can. 

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G