My Writing Manifesto

The blank page is my canvas.
Each day is a new opportunity
To show up for myself
And be inspired
As my words flow onto the page.

It is creativity manifested
As intangible thoughts and ideas
Are alchemized
Into tangible words I can see
Taking shape onto the page
From my own hand.
To be shared or not
The choice is always mine.

The Sand

I don’t often think of the sand unless I’m at the beach
And I dig my feet and toes into the fine warm grains.
If I look close enough, each grain is not uniform.
There are clear shiny pieces of tiny rocks,
Some darker than others, that make up the whole.

The tide goes in and out
Crashing a million times onto the shore.
The sand can mold and make a temporary shape
Before the waves bear down
And claim it back into the earth
Back into the sea.

The sand, made of earth, can handle the force
And alchemize the pressure
Over and over again
To make smoother, finer grains of rock
That I can scoop and grasp in my hand
Before I let it slip through my fingers.

My feet leave their imprint
On the damp cool sand.
Each individual toe down to the heel.
I see a bird’s talons imprinted
Beside some dog paw prints of varying shapes and sizes
Evidence of who also enjoyed this spot of earth.

The sun heats and beats onto the sand.
It is bleach white from the constant rays.
But if I look closely,
I see the individually expressed grains
That together make up the whole.

The sand spreads out to the horizon
As it bumps up against the shore
Jutting up to sand dunes and tall grasses.
Sea shrubbery and florals come into view.

I dip my toes into the cool waters
And run back to my spot in the sand.
I relax while the wet clumps become dry
And loose once again.
It’s a never-ending dance.


Seven ways of looking at a notebook

1- Blank smooth pages that drink up the ink. Smudges do not deter. Perfection has no place. Filled or empty, each page has a space and a place.

2- A clean slate. A beginning. A chance to start anew.

3- A Conduit. I connect to my inner wisdom, to inner truth, real or fiction, to my creativity, to you.

4- An alchemist. The notebook takes what is unreal and intangible and makes it real and tangible. My see my words take shape before my eyes.

5- The pages speak my story. My dreams. My words before they form full thought or belief. Just a spark before the utterance.

6- Patient. The notebook sits quietly on the bookshelf, on the desk or tucked inside my bag. Waiting for me. Never rushing or demanding.

7- Healing. Therapy on the page. For my eyes only as I grapple with, dissect, explore, express or create. It is mine alone.