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We've reached the edge of summer here on the ridge. Though I am sad to be at the end of another lovely summer, I am excited to have the opportunity to begin again. A new school year brings different challenges and fresh hope. A sea of endless possibilities awaits. So what are you waiting for? Step up to the edge and meet your new beginning. Stretch out in all directions. Reach out as far as you can. Trust yourself, and trust your process. You'll know how to end and begin again.
Listen to my poem:
Invitation to Write:
Writers know how to end and begin again. It isn't always easy to call our piece done, but it's necessary. There is now room on the bench for our next project. Our work is never finished. There are more words inside of us, ready to pour out across our pages. We have faith that at the edge of our road, there are endless possibilities for new beginnings. When you reach the end of a piece, how will you begin again? What will help you to stretch yourself as a writer throughout the process? And how will you know when you've reached the edge?
I wish for you many happy endings and endless new beginnings!
8/24/2018 03:58:34 am
No truer words have ever been spoken. This summer, I finished a really rough draft of a project. In fact, I finished last night about 10 pm. My school year has begun and I am remembering how to do my work...moment by moment as it stretches before me. Thank you for the lovely welcome back. Enjoy your start too.
8/24/2018 05:24:10 am
Kiesha, this post was inspirational as it bid summer goodby but applauded the return of the school year. "Step up to the edge and meet your new beginning." You could make a wonderful digital inspiration with the last part of your opening. Pairing your poem with a reading made me linger in your thoughts. Please send me your poem for my summer gallery. Happy endings and new beginnings.
8/24/2018 05:31:11 am
Thank you, Kiesha, for this encouragement to be brave and meet that new beginning! I will share this one with my just-off-to-college son. Thank you!
8/24/2018 07:38:25 am
"Away, away we go", love the promise in your wonderful post, Kiesha. Next steps are always exciting to me. Thanks!
8/24/2018 04:14:08 pm
Nice, Kiesha. Love the refrain of "away, away I go" like the echo of a lapping wave. It was also nice to hear you read it aloud.
8/24/2018 05:05:13 pm
The jumping off is scary but necessary. My year has started and we are settling in to a good routine. I love how your instructions to write help encourage us to be finished so we can start again.
8/25/2018 03:06:18 am
I love the idea of EDGES. There really is no ending without another beginning, and that moment between deserves contemplation. LOVE your poem!
Kay Jernigan McGriff
8/25/2018 01:58:30 pm
I love the invitation to come to edge where endings and beginnings meet. It is scary but also exciting and such a wise reminder for this time of year, which always feels like a new year to me.
8/26/2018 07:08:49 pm
Lovely, Kiesha, and a perfect sending off into the coming season. Wishing all those wishes right backatcha, too... Happy Creating!
8/26/2018 10:18:05 pm
I love the mystery in your poem–and the open ended possibility. I enjoyed hearing you read it also, thanks Kiesha!
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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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