“The aspiring poet is constantly lowering a bucket only half way down a well. coming up time and again with nothing but empty air. The frustration is immense. But you must keep doing it anyway. After many years of practice, the chain draws unexpectedly tight, and you have dipped into the waters that will continue to entice you back. You’ll have broken the skin on the pool of yourself.”
– SEAMUS HEANEY
Welcome to this regular slot each Wednesday, which I call Writers’ Well because: it’s intended to be a source of nourishment and inspiration for the writer in you, it expresses my belief that creative writing can benefit our well being on many levels, and…I love the above quote from Seamus Heaney. It gives me goosebumps every time. It also resonates with my own intention when leading writing workshops. It’s not about producing good writing, it’s about brave, real writing. Writing that goes down deep within to draw up something unexpected.
Each week, I share one of the writing prompts used the previous Friday in my weekly workshop, along with an example of what was written in response. Today’s prompt (allow just 3 to 5 mins in total) is quite simply to write whatever comes in response to this phrase…Let it Go
Here is what I wrote:
Let it go, shake those shoulders, let it go, breathe it out, let it go, breathe it down, let it go, breathe it in and…let it go.
Standing by the river I cast my cares into her flow…and let them go.
Leaning my back against the tall strength of a tree, I relax and…let it go.
Taking in the huge expanse of uninterrupted sky as I walk alone in the open field, I laugh, smile upwards and…let it go.
Let it go, that which weighs me down, that which I think carries me, but in fact that I am carrying, heavily. Put it down…walk away.
Your turn, go on…Let it go 🙂
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