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Archive for February 2nd, 2016

Renegade Face to Face

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Saffron roses I bought for myself.  They make me happy!

Saffron roses I bought for myself. They make me happy!

This weekend while I was laid up by my tailbone injury, I messaged Clare that I wouldn’t make it to the Renegade Writers meeting. Unless…maybe we could Google Hang-out. The Google Hang-out didn’t quite work as planned, but she called and Debra gave me the prompts. I wrote, then they called back when they were sharing and passed the phone around the table. Almost like being there. I was able to write and share and hear everyone else’s writing. This group is not a critique group. One person leads with prompts. When we share, we thank the writer with no comments.

The last writing prompt of the day was to write down 5 situations in which you feel vulnerable. You meet a stranger. Write about your encounter with the stranger. Thanks, Renegade Writers for letting me join in from my sofa.

Face to Face

When you look at my face,
do you see
confidence
or fear,
wisdom
or wounded,
beauty
or age?

I place my order–
tall vanilla latte
no fat
Do you know how to spell
my name?
Can you see my pain?

I smile.
Say, “Thank you. Have a nice day.”
Lift my voice a few octaves
to sound cheery.

I could be your friend.

The coffee warms my hand.
You sprinkled cinnamon on top.
How did you know?

The circles of our lives crossed
for a minute, maybe two.
We are no longer strangers.
You know my name.
I know yours.

–Margaret Simon

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