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Today's poem is from an observation that I wrote down in my notebook one summer evening. I can remember this moment just like it was yesterday even though it is dated as an entry from August 2014. I love that about notebooks! It can feel like time traveling as you go back and reread those words.
I remember sitting in our family golf cart right next to our quiet country road. A car had recently driven by, and there were tiny dust particles all in the air from the gravel road. I watched as they settled in the sun beams. I am so glad that I took the time that summer day to observe a little piece of my world, and that I was able to find those words from that moment safely tucked into my notebook. So today, I am happy to share this tiny poem with you!
Invitation to Write:
So much of what turns up in my notebook revolves around my observations of the natural world. There are so many wonderful things to observe in our world! Some are super big and others are so incredibly tiny that they are almost invisible to us; like the dust in my poem. Sometimes if we really stop to observe our world each day, all kinds of writing ideas will find their way into our notebook.
7/29/2016 10:34:02 am
I agree that notebooks are a wonderful way to capture small moments that so easily slip by otherwise. I love that your poem finds the beauty in dust and also captures the poignancy of passing summer days.
7/29/2016 01:00:23 pm
You're so right about paying attention to those little things that pass by, often not noticed. And I love that dust that's settled "into sunlit seams," Kiesha.
7/29/2016 04:36:42 pm
I, too, tune in to nature to find the poetic muse. Thanks for joining in the Poetry Friday round up!
7/29/2016 08:52:05 pm
So nice to meet you, Kiesha! What a lovely little poem about summer dust. I look forward to reading more of your work in the coming weeks.
'Notebooks' aren't as big in Australia as they are in America - but I'm starting to catch the bug and dream of using them in the classroom. In Australia, notebooks are just small spiral bound books for jotting notes on excursions - or shopping lists. In America, they seem to be a real 'slice of life' creative diary, almost... Yes?
7/31/2016 08:18:37 pm
Hi Kat! I'm happy to hear you are thinking more about the notebook and how it might go for you. I know that for me as a writer, keeping a notebook has been life changing. No matter what shape or form it takes, the notebook encourages me as a writer to pay attention to my thoughts of this world!
7/30/2016 03:34:47 am
Love this - and love that your notebook has kept this memory so fresh for you so you could share it now.
7/30/2016 08:42:18 am
Nature is a go to source for writing - so great to notice, wonder, and write. I sent you a tweet-glad to meet up with you, Kiesha. Sunlit seams-lovely thought
7/30/2016 11:39:21 am
Love that first line, Kiesha!
7/30/2016 03:22:36 pm
Our country road will appear more poetic -- even when speeding cars kick up dust -- thanks to your lovely poem! Nicely done!
7/31/2016 11:15:36 am
I need to be better about writing in and going back to my notebooks. I do keep a snippet of each day in a 10 year diary, and I love those glimpses back to what I was doing or thinking in other years on this very day!
8/1/2016 05:22:56 pm
'Sunlit seams' - brilliant, Keisha! I also love the idea of notebooks being vessels for time travel. =)
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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