Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 26

On August 1 at 6pm, I'm going to host a live class / chat about publishing. Come on and join in. It's going to be a lot of fun. We'll have publishers and writers there to talk about it in general and to give you help specifically on your work, so have some to send to us during the conversation. It will be from 6-10, but you can come and go as you like! Hope to see you there!


  1. The Drowning

    I am afraid
    of choking on water or
    basically, drowning in
    a swimming pool
    My dad just did that
    He drowned and lived
    to tell me about it
    What happened was
    He was playing a game
    like we used to play as kids
    We would take a breath of air
    and let it out as we submerged
    He was breathing out as he dropped
    to the bottom and would push off from
    the bottom of the pool needing to get a
    breath of air
    You would rise up
    again resurfacing to inhale
    and get a breath before dropping
    down again in a repetitious fashion
    While letting out his air at the bottom
    It so happened he forgot to kick back
    up to the top to get another breath
    He was at the bottom of the pool
    and got confused with the game
    He inhaled before resurfacing as
    he drowned himself at the bottom
    To then with mind still alert
    push off from the bottom to then
    resurface and pulled himself out
    of the water to lay on his side
    while the water in his lungs slowly
    drained out of the corner of his mouth and
    out of his lungs until he could slowly breathe
    again on his own
    He had done this to himself and saved
    himself to then tell me about his experience
    at a later time while we were laying down at
    the side of a pool
    I never told him it was one of my worst fears
    to drown like he did
    But it still holds true
    to this day
    My fear of drowning
    and now I know why
    and how it feels to drown
    which doesn't appeal to me
    because to breathe in water
    seems as strange as a fish
    breathing air through their gills
    But to save your life after drowning
    yourself is like to fumble the football
    and to recover your own fumble

    1. Great one. I was only afraid of the water once (bad riptide), and it pissed me off because I've never been afraid of the water. The lifeguards pulled a lot of people in that day.

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    4. That poem was strong enough that I'm kind of freaked out by that now too!

  2. fear of flying

    “Just pretend you’re
    on a rocket shooting
    into space.”


    let’s say she
    didn’t alleviate
    my fears

    she saw the
    look on my face

    she can read faces

    she didn’t say
    anything else
    she could see
    the fear increase

    I had my blank book
    writing furiously to
    dispel the fear

    a book of poems
    from a friend
    to distract a bit

    from the fear of flying

    1. That seems like a really legit fear to me. It's not natural!

  3. We Two

    So in sync
    we two who are now one
    so at rest
    we two who no longer run
    so on track
    we two who travel together
    so in fear
    we two who are closer than skin
    so tightly clung
    we two who cannot live apart
    so very nervous
    we two who live as one
    so hope filled
    we two who chose this journey

    1. WOW! That's an amazing poem! Let's talk about where to send this the next time we chat!!