Times of Reflection Away from the Crowds


I attended and enjoyed the first annual Wrightwood Literary Festival. It was a wonderful day of writing, learning, and sharing. The first class I took was a Haiku Walk lead by Deborah P. Kolodji and Joan McCandless. We walked through the mountains writing down observations. The group stopped from time to time. Joan gave the names of flora, trees and talked about the birds and wildlife too.

I found myself wandering off the path toward the dry, stream bed or to inspect woodpecker holes (discovering they are smooth inside). A part of me wanted to be alone in this beautiful forest. The other part wanted to learn more about what I was seeing. I rushed to catch up with the group. Then Deborah explained what Haiku is and isn’t and gave examples. It was our turn to write.

Musty sage/ Woodpecker stores acorns/  Smooth holes

Hand brushes grasses/  Tiny seeds/  A friend packs


That afternoon I sat outside with a small group and practiced reading my poetry out loud with an actor for an instructor. He gave me insightful information and encouraged me to read in new ways. We all learned how to go deeper inside and pull out our true voice. The day ended with coffee in town with friends comparing notes.


~ by fiberverse on June 4, 2015.

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