During one of our last sessions this fall, I asked Rosita Czekala to write about the feeling of being creatively blocked. During our sessions, she often expresses her thoughts in such lyrical ways that I wasn't surprised when she shared this poem with us after our freewriting time. I wonder how many of us can relate??
When I asked if I could post her poem to the blog, she offered a second poem, as well. Enjoy!
Like oceans apart....
You opened and ripped my heart,
took it from my chest and
nailed it to the past.
Where there it lies
vulnerable and slain,
waiting for life-waiting for flight.
She stood outside alone-against the bookstore wall, sapphire dress spun tightly 'round her.
The red plastic rose I bought her,
a present for Mother's Day,
clung to her dress,
pinned between her breasts, holding her back from the world.
Worried, she thought, would she come back for me?
As I turned back, the wind blew softly through her snow-white hair.
Slowly, she raised her hand, as she struggled against arthritic pains to calm the wind.
Pressing her hand delicately against her head, she smiled to strangers, nodding as they passed her, yearning for the world to see her.
Worried she thought, would she come back for me?
I reached my car, slid in and stared at her from across the parking lot- lamenting her life, the woman that raised me, my mother.
Alone - with no one left but me.
Worried, she thought, would she come back for me?
Rosita Czekala is an artist who works in clay and in words. You can learn more about her by visiting her website http://rositaczekala.com/
Give the gift of Creativity! Registration is OPEN for the Tinderbox Writers Workshop Winter Sessions and gift certificates are available! Seats are filling up – sessions begin the second week of January!! Hope you’ll join us!
Tinderbox Writers Workshop Winter Session Registration
Please PRE-REGISTER below for Winter Session. Seats are filling up.
Are you secretly filling journals with observations, thoughts or poetry? Are you wishing you knew how to start your own blog? Maybe you want to record your family stories? Have you got a journalist’s eye for a good story? Is there a novel inside you, just waiting to be written?
OR maybe your creative gifts lie in painting, gardening, pottery or photography? Or a thousand other fantastic and unique ways we find our voices, express ourselves?
Tinderbox Writers Workshop is designed to uncover your desires, your truths and your purpose by introducing you to the creative capacity you carry within. Over the course of 8 weeks through 2-hour weekly sessions, you’ll learn to nurture the creative self.
Award winning author Kimberly Brock’s reputation as a teacher is characterized by her focus on getting the writer out of his or her own way, creating an environment of awareness and support. Writers and artisans of all kinds are encouraged to come out of hiding, to take calculated risks, and to embrace the habits of a satisfying, thriving creative life we are meant to enjoy.
Along with Tips and Tools to Improve Your Creative Expression
You’ll Learn the Habits of Creative Well-Being:
In our 2-hour sessions, you’ll will be challenged to engage in the habits of living from your Creative Core (nurturing your creative well-being). You’ll also learn to tell your story by using the tools of fiction-writing (point-of-view, plot, characterizing detail, tone, etc.). Workshop participants will consider examples of creative works through the lens of mindfulness to learn to take risks, tell truths and make connections. Through fun writing prompts and creative exercises, you’ll put these techniques to use in your own original work. In-class critiques as well as feedback from the instructor will help you further develop creative potential. The eight weeks ends with a party! You’ll have the chance to share your work, surrounded by the support of the Tinderbox community, through open-to-the-public readings & opportunities to showcase artwork.
This week we have a wonderful FREE gift to share with you from several of our Tinderbox Workshop participants - myself, Georgia Lee, and Rena Blain - and many other fabulous authors!
TODAY though Thursday, you can go to Amazon and download A CUP OF CHRISTMAS, an anthology of heartwarming stories. The stories contributed are meant as gifts to you. Please send a copy to your friends and family, too! (This genius idea originated from Ms. Barbara Barth, editor and contributing author of the anthology. Learn more about her here.)
After Thursday, the ebook will be priced at $1.99 (a Christmas steal!) and ALL proceeds will go to FirstBook.org From their website:
“First Book is determined to see that all children, regardless of their economic conditions, can achieve more in school and in life through access to an ongoing supply of new books.
With the help of our partners, donors and dedicated volunteers we have provided more than 120 million new books to schools and programs serving children in need. Yet millions of children are still waiting for our help.
Together we can make a difference in children’s lives. Together we can provide new books and critical resources that elevate the quality of education for children in low-income families.”
Here's a little teaser from my story, THE GOLDEN APPLE, a fairy tale about getting your hearts' desire...
"Twenty-two years ago on a gusty December morning, when the air smelled so sweetly of vanilla that everyone in the town of Vacherie found themselves craving shortbread for breakfast, Laura Duparc’s husband lingered in a hospital bed, disappearing one heartbeat at a time. That’s when she’d begun to bake. Her fear and grief produced a sickening sweetness that slipped under windowsills and beneath doors, rose from the sidewalks and swirled in the treetops. It brought tears to the eyes of women who had buried their great loves, dreams, and children. Men climbed into their barn lofts or set to walking the banks of the Mississippi with no idea where they would go. They said they tasted alum and their tongues curled in their mouths. They feared their own mortality and lay awake at night calling up every memory of wasted youth so they would not lose their minds..."
Other titles by Kimberly Brock (click on book cover for link):
tinderbox society blog
Life lived from your Creative Core.