It's that time of year where we're Spring cleaning. The year isn't quite as new anymore. There's talk of resurrections and shedding of the old and trying out the new. I've been thinking about this a lot this month. About the things that have been holding me back, whether it's old expectations or fears. There's so much in life to gain, to see. Maybe it's time to shed the old skins and start anew.
Write a poem about someone shedding something that's holding him/her back. This thing is the literal abatross around her neck. Help her to shed it so she can come back refreshed and renewed. If there's something in your life that you need to shed channel it through this poem. Give yourself freedom to let go and start over.
Shedding the old
Tamara Woods writes, because she can’t imagine any other life. She grew up in the poorest state in the U.S., West Virginia, as a laid-off coal miner’s daughter. She learned from this that money isn’t the root of all happiness, but it sure makes it easier. One fateful summer at a youth workshop she learned both the art of stolen kisses and being open in her poetry: lessons she’s never forgotten. Tamara’s poetry is spoken word with a heavy emphasis on things that we all know and do. Her fiction hits on darker, uncomfortable subjects, because she’s a firm believer that stories can be beautiful without being pretty. She is the Editor of The Reverie Journal, online poetry site. She is the moderator of #writestuff a writing tweetchat that's every Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST. Find her poetry on her blog PenPaperPad. Connect on Social Media: Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, and check out her book and writing videos on YouTube.