Wednesday, March 31, 2021

DAY #31- Thirty-one days of writing...


Today is the end.
The last of 31 slices.

I have written about my dogs
Probably more than anything else. 
I wonder what that says about me,
that the most interesting thing in my life 
right now is my dogs.

I have written about my students
quite a few times,
some years I have written about them more,
and I wonder what that means 
am I less compassionate,
or less observant,
am I watching less closely? 

I have written about my sons
a few times
but there's that whole privacy thing
they're adults, their lives are their own,
and I'm not really sure how much I should say.
Sometimes though, because their lives are so connected with mine,
I can't help it,
and I write about them. 

I have written about my mom,
several times. 
We almost lost her in February,
and it was so, so scary.
That writing was hard,
because she is 87,
she's doing great now,
but I wonder how many more years she will be in my slices. 

I wrote about writing several times
and about commenting.
I don't think I'm writing very well these days.
And that bothers me.
A lot.

I don't get very many comments on my writing,
and if I'm really honest,
that bothers me,
more than a little. 
I wonder if I am boring. 

I wrote one of those formula things.
It was fun.
And it got a lot of comments. 
But I'm not sure, 
That those really fit my definition of slicing. 

So now it's done.
Tomorrow is the beginning.
April 1.
National Poetry Month.

I am wondering if I have thirty more days of writing in me. 


Fran said...

So happy to catch your slice. By this time of day I'm usually done but it was nice to see what you wrote about during this month. Happy April and good luck with poetry!

Red Emma said...

I really like your slice recapping your month of writing. It's not boring at all. It's a good idea for the last day of the daily slice of life, looking back at the month to see what your writing has revealed – which is what writing does. Good luck with National Poetry Month. I'm going to try it myself.

Britt Decker said...

I love the honesty in this slice. It's my first year participating, and I resonate with so much of this. I often struggle with that privacy thing...if it's also part of my story, why can't I share? It's such a weird boundary.

Good luck on poetry! I want to take a shot, but I do feel it's a quick turnaround from slicing every day. Do you post your poetry on your blog each day?

Ramona said...

Carol, I loved your Day 31 wrap-up. I love the posts about your dogs (and I'm not even a dog person). I'll be checking in on friends doing Poetry Month, but I just don't have the energy for another challenge.

Cathy said...

I always enjoy my stops by your blog and your writing. Some writers have style and voice, and you are one of those writers. I am completely fascinated by it. I'm not sure I could really define my style and voice, and I think it's important. So, like you worry, I'm not sure I'm writing well these days but I just keep putting my fingers to the keyboard. As you remind, April is National Poetry Month. I plan to give it a try again. I think I can imagine 30 days of posting. I will stop by to see what I discover in that time.

Thank you for your posts. They've been a delight.

Elisabeth Ellington said...

Your slices are among my very favorite to read. I agree with Cathy: you have a strong style and voice, and your writing is always interesting to me. At the moment I am not planning to write poems this month, but it's still early in the day on April 1 and I could entirely change my mind!

Jean said...

Congratulations! You are always my inspiration. Thank you for tuning into the muses and sharing with us. I appreciate you.

Carol Varsalona said...

Carol, I also like that you summarized your daily writing in your slice. You have touched upon a point that many of us feel at the end. Did we have enough juice to power up our writing when we were so exhausted from the daily work. Starting with Laura Shovan's February poetry and moving into slicing was a big leap of faith and now we are entering National Poetry Month. May we continue in good stead to refresh our writing and find joy.