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The First Mark

I am itching to create

But there's a boulder in my way.

Who put it there?

The one who is distracting her Self.

I sit alone more than I used to.

No one by my side but little ones,


I sit quietly and fidget.

No distraction but "me."

"Lovers may leave us, husbands and wives may die, friends can move away, but creativity is faithfully ours if we honor our solitude by diving to realms that are deeper, freer and more complete than our surface lives. Once we know the way we can come home to it anytime we wish - if we make the first mark.

Don't think. Don't look down. Just dive!"

-Barbara Feldon, "Living Alone & Loving It: A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life"

Soon, I'll move again.

There are sketchpads and journals,

wondering, what I wonder:

"Where has she been?"

She will make the first mark.


Photo by JR Korpa on Unsplash


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