To Begin…

NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 1

Feeling scared. Back clamped
to cold hard stone,
arms stretched out to either side,
while toes dangle over edge
of narrow ledge
on which I stand.

Cold wind rises pulling at toes
demanding movement
from muscles unused
for what seems like years
but isn’t. Hear voice of the dragon
inside my head,

Little one, remember feelingzz
are not factsz. They szimply indicate
your inner temperature. It’zs okay
to be szcared. Juszt remember, I am
here with you, az are all thosze wordz
that have been patiently waiting.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/1/2019

Process Notes: Haven’t posted anything in about a year. Busily putting a book together and almost finished. Decided to do NaPo, then not, then again…Usually Heth doesn’t show up until at least mid-way through the month, sometimes near the end. Decided to simply write about my feelings, then sort of stuttered to a stop. She appeared, letting me know she has my back and will swoop in to catch me, should I fall. She also wants me to say “Hi,” to a special small group of poet friends and to tell each one, “they are not alone.”

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6 Responses to To Begin…

  1. thotpurge says:

    So good to see you writing again, Elizabeth. Love the thought that feelings are just a measure of inner temperature!

    Thank you, Rajani. Feelings are the barometer of our inner landscape and signal an up-to-date weather report. It’s best to know when it’s raining so one might grab an umbrella, or a dragon when needed. So glad to see you here.


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  2. bwarren says:

    So happy to be taking the plunge with you, Elizabeth! May your dragons give you strength to share your words.

    And happy to be here, Brenda. May your dragons help you to dance daily through the coming month. And I love your tat,


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  3. Marianne says:

    Sometimes we must launch ourselves, no matter how intimidated or reluctant we are. But we’re fortunate to have so many words at our disposal, to help us get our feelings down on paper. Introspective piece, Elizabeth! Happy to be writing with you again!

    Am happy to be here, Marianne. I learned, long ago, that the only antidote to fear is a bit of courage. Over the years have learned that I own some of that element. It has a tendency, though, to get lost at the back of my large and over-filled closet. As far as the words at our disposal? I do believe their numbers are endless and that makes me terribly happy.


  4. So lovely to read you, my friend, and to hear Heth’s loving words. Yes,. the words are always there, waiting. I will try to do April but will be traveling from Thursday through Monday without internet access so those days will be tricky. I love your poem. And am happy you are almost finished with your book. YAY!

    Sherry, so good to see you here as well. Traveling and NaPo sounds intimidating. Know that my thoughts are with you for both, take care…


  5. Pamela says:

    Elizabeth, I love your dragon. I am glad that she’s there for you.
    Great feeling in this.
    I am very happy to be writing with you and the ladies.


    Pamela, and I’m glad to not be in this alone. As much as I like my Hermit’s existence, there are times when companions are the very best of all things. I was surprised when she stepped in so quickly. Maybe she’s more enamored with poetry and the making of it then I had imagined? Wishing you, all of us, a wonderful and surprise-filled journey.



  6. annell4 says:

    Welcome “home.” A place of all familiar things, words and dragons. Nothing to fear here. Thanks for your comment on my site. This month will be so much more fun with you and your dragon around!! xoxoxohugs

    Thank you Annell, I still feel like I’m trying to get my sea legs under me. And Heth says to tell you that if you look out your window, especially in the early morning, she’s that fast moving flash of red, way out there on the horizon.



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