Friday, March 10, 2017

SOLSC 10/31: "The Writer" by Cathy Mere

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen,
Deb, Lisa, Melanie, and Lanny
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
and for nurturing our writing lives.

On Fridays I frequently join my friends at Poetry Friday to read poetry, to talk about poetry, to listen to poetry, and sometimes to even write poetry.  I had a poem all lined up to share last week.  But then Billy Collins birthday came along and I was off to find a favorite BC poem.  

So today I share a favorite poem, "The Writer," written by fellow slicer Cathy Mere during the Slice of Life challenge in 2013.  It's one that I chose to share with my students (after getting the author's permission) early in our writing year.  I loved seeing it pasted into the writer's notebook and knowing that it was there to inspire my writers.  It captures so much that is beautiful about the writer's life.   Every time I read Cathy's poem, I have a different favorite stanza.  Today's favorite stanza is the last one:

"The writer 
holds the stories tightly
shaping them with her heart, 
until the page speaks,
the story unfolds, 
the world is changed."

When you read the entire poem, don't miss the comments.  You'll see many familiar faces still slicing with us four years later.  

Today I send a giant thank you to my Poetry Friday friends who bring poetry joy into my life every week!
Head over to Michelle H. Barne's blog, 
Today's Little Dittyfor this week's
round-up of poetic goodness.  
Thanks, Michelle, for hosting this week!


  1. Cathy is a very talented writer. Thanks for bringing that poem back to light.

  2. What fun to read this...and see so many writer friends. We have been at this for a good long while, haven't we?

  3. It's wonderful to look back & see the group of writers we're still reading! And this stanza fits your blog's title so well, don't you agree? Thanks, Ramona, a nice memory!

    1. That stanza does fit with my blog title, but I hadn't made the connection. Thanks for pointing it out.

  4. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing Cathy's poem. :)

  5. This is a great one to have in a notebook!

  6. There are so many great slices and poems from previous years that I never read. I appreciate that you shared this inspiring poem.

  7. Cathy is so talented with words, isn't she? It's been a long time since she's posted in Poetry Friday regularly. I miss her voice.

  8. Yes, our stories can change the world. I loved this poem when Cathy first shared it. Thank you for reminding me about it today.

  9. I see several other slicers posting poems this Friday. This is the second one that I read that references writing. I love the last stanza too. I can connect to it in several ways.

  10. I agree with what Terje said - there are so many wonderful slices that we are sure to miss some. Thank you for sharing this one. I see why you (and now me) copied it.

  11. I am trying to stop by newer slicers...cause I know that I should, but also stop by to see you and others who always make me smile and nourish my writing soul.

  12. I loved reading the poem and seeing the commenters, both who they are and their excitement. I love being part of a community that loves poetry and appreciates poets. I love that many of us love the lines I do: "the moon resting on the tree's long arms/ the heron waiting to pounce/ the rain bouncing off pavement." I love when I can see it, and not just hear it.

  13. Thank you for sharing this poem. I missed it (was I slicing then?) at the time. Perfectly captures the writer.