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Writing Time: How do you manage it?

If you are a writer, a poet, quiet despair screams in my ears if I am not writing.  Words roll around in my head.  I notice quilts, a tumbleweed dancing across the road in front of me, or a marble laying by the step in an old homestead and all of a sudden, I hear the start of a poem or a story.

But I push writing to the back burner–many of life’s demands crowd out the time I have set aside to write.  Who’s to blame?  When I was working, I had an excuse.  Now retired, I have no excuse.

Why do I do this?  Why do I avoid the very activity that breathes oxygen into my spirit.

I have to write; the need is as strong as food or drink, but then I get busy and don’t.  The result is starvation of my soul!

Today I am writing–sitting at a coffee house in Cedar Crest, NM after an energetic Zumba class.  I sip on a Peppermint Mocha and breathe deeply.  I started a new poem about quilts.  I am revising and editing my book about grief.

The words tumble out–and the world is right!  Sweet and serene!

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