Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for holding space each week to share our slices.
In 1988, I had the good fortune to take a week class in Portland from Naomi Shihab Nye.
Knowing Naomi, we probably tapped into the rich, deep topics of families, traditions, and food. I produced this during the week:
(Don’t you just love the old computer font)
Last Saturday, listening to Naomi at the Arbuthnot Lecture, she said, “everything gives you something else…” I thought about how whatever prompt in 1988, led me back to my grandmother in another poetry class in the mid-90’s:
And how another quote from Naomi last Saturday, “…most of poetry is asking questions…” made me think of another return to this writing of my grandmother for National Library Month:
sliced a cucumber
motion with the end. Getting
the poison out
when I slice
my hand guides
the end piece
in circles. What a cure for
©jone rush macculloch
Late in Naomi’s talk, she mentioned William Stafford as a mentor. She validated the need for mentors as he was one of hers. Naomi is my mentor. Her words, writing, and poetry provide hope in the world and remind us to listen to the ordinary. Be observant in the world.