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Why Not Write?

Why Not Write?

The writing challenge
made me more aware
more attuned
more in sync with my world
happening around me.

I filled up my writer's notebook
an idea here
a meandering thought there
a playful list
a captured memory.

What's holding me back now?
My only excuse is life.
It continues on as I try to keep up
with every day tasks.
And I forget to be in the moment.

Life happens at an ever-increasing rate.
Never slowing or stopping.
Never taking a deep breath.
Always on the go like
a never ending merry-go-round.

I must make the time
to sow the seeds of life
into ideas that blossom
into stories to share,
moments to remember forever.

Writing brings me joy and peace
as a mother, as a teacher, and as a writer.
I will stop to smell the roses,
close my eyes and breathe deep
the scent of goodness and life.

I must discover the small moments again
play with the words and
build ideas into a piece worth sharing.
Life and time: Two of God's greatest gifts to


  1. That last verse is perfect, wraps everything up so well. If you read about the life of Americans, more than most countries, we are all on that merry-go-round you spoke of. Our culture doesn't help us much. I enjoyed the way you wound your way down to what's important to you.

  2. You have such a talent with your writing. Thanks for sharing that part of you.

  3. You really have to find time to write. You are friends with words. Admirable how you organize them into poems.

  4. Lovely. Just perfect. I love it when ideas whirl around and percolate.

  5. Great poem and expression of how your life is on a constant merry-go-round. I felt that the last two weeks, but I found "me" time while I was with you. You, too, can find "me" time - don't "pencil" it in your To Do List - PUT IT IN INK. And, follow thru with it! You're a great writer!
    Love ya, M

  6. Beautifully written poem. I particularly love the reminder to live in the moment...

  7. Beautifully put. I agree that the challenge had me looking for the small things and that in turn helped me look at life differently. Time to start reflecting on life again. Thank you for the reminder.

  8. Nice, Michelle. I love when you write poetry. That last stanza says it all.

  9. Life and time are truly wonderful gifts.

  10. Love the poem!
    Your words captured so much in such a simple form.

  11. A very good question Michelle. . . I will write. . . this gives me "words for thought".. No excuses because you are right life will always be in the way if we allow it!...Thanks!

  12. I keep questioning how I paid such attention to my writing in March and now struggle to put pen to paper, fingers to keys.


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