Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Journey Home

View from our front walkway, sunset December 2010

I don't fancy myself a writer, nor do I have aspirations to become one, but I signed up for a local "Freewrite" workshop at the Copper Queen Library and have been thoroughly enjoying it. The 10-week workshop is facilitated by James Coull, who began "Freewrite" here in Bisbee based on a program in Portland called Write Around Portland. Our group consists of 10 women, some with serious writing aspirations, and some like me, just wishing to become a better writer, or be better able to get feelings/ thoughts on paper. For me writing, is a way to better understand where I'm going with my visual art. So, with that in mind, here is a short piece finished yesterday in "Freewrite".
 The Journey Home
As night falls, darkness surrounds. Our street empties; quiet, silent, only the glimmer of a few street lamps, and distant neighbors’ flickering lights on the mountainsides that blend with the few twinkling stars in the heavens.
It’s cold. I walk briskly to my abode; my home, cozy and warm, filled with the familiar surroundings of objects speaking of our time together, jogging fond memories of our eight years in concert. Exotic blends of some new spicy concoction being prepared by Mike in the kitchen, fill the air. We dine by candlelight in our little breakfast nook, and share conversations, our events of the day.  After dinner we settle in on our little love seat and cruise the tele channels for a bit of light entertainment.
We retire early - warm under our heated bed linens surrounded by the quiet, tranquil hours of night. My journey home was a long one, many years of trials before finding this life with Mike. It was a weary journey, maybe necessary to truly find my way home. The sun rises on a new day and we continue on our shared path together.

Related links and information:
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"Freewrite" is sponsored by FRIENDS of the Copper Queen Library Bisbee and is open to men and women of all writing skill levels.

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  1. Nice, Liz :). I'd love to be able to take a creative writing class, because as you say, it really does help you better articulate your visual art and what is behind it.

  2. Maybe you should think more seriously about becoming a writer. :)

  3. Yes, Sonya, and it's been fun:-)

    Thank you, Hettie, silly, I have fun writing, but think I'll stick with the visual arts.

  4. Nice story and wonderful picture. Portland does have some good things to share - besides rain!

  5. Thanks, Helen. Looks like Portland does have many good things to share!