Tuesday, April 19, 2011

LOOSE a poem on being set free


When you do,
What you do,
Where you do,
Why you do,
How you do,
I become loose.

Get your mind out the gutter,
for I'm talking about one
who is like no other,
my Lord, my Savior, my Father.

He took me, a
bad past-reflecting
woman, and He
shook me loose and free
like crisp white sheets
on the line being whipped
by a stiff, spring breeze.

At first, I stood,
defiant, reluctant to
let Him in, but when
He wants in, it's not up
to you whether the door
opens or not.

"Do you want to be loose?"
He asked me, but I stood
there, still, with
unmoving lips,
hand upon hip
though my mind screamed,
“Rescue me from the life
I've created for myself.”

And He did.

Piece by piece,
Peace by peace,
He did.

He touched my eyes and said,
"See with all your heart and soul,"
and before me was a straight path
full of golden-lit goals.

He touched my nose and said,
"Take in your new life," and instead
of the decay of inner city, I
breathed light and air with no strife.

He touched my ears and said,
"Listen with all your heart and soul,"
and I could hear words of encouragement
and love in a soft, sweet echo.

He touched my mind and said,
"Remember not your past so that you
can feel guilt, but remember so that a
better life in the future can be built."

He touched my hands and said,
"When in doubt, lift them high,"
and fingertips reached heavenward
because on only Him could I rely.

He touched my mouth and said,
"Let your praises be heard," and
beautiful music lifted from some
place inside my soul that stirred.

He touched my feet and said,
"Let them move for me," and my
hip dipped, my hair swayed, and my
feet danced as if set free.

It wasn't easy,
the loosening.
Nothing good in life
ever comes easily,
but it came,
the loosening,
slowly, but surely,
it came, and He
took me,
piece by piece,
peace by peace,
and released
all burden from me,
leaving me
and free
to dance.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shonell Bacon: The Editor

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Latest Daily Tablet Piece: A Look into Writers Boot Camp, Part Two

Do you know what the Daily Tablet [link] is?

Daily Tablet is a brand-spanking new site, and its goal is to deliver the latest, greatest, hottest and coolest writer-friendly stuff directly to your inbox each weekday.

I recently joined DT as a DT Expert, someone to help inspire writers to...well, WRITE!

Last month, I offered a sneak peek into my Writers Boot Camp, and this month, I continue that "peek" with a look at the second assignment I give clients who pursue WBC with me.

Come check out "A Look into Writers Boot Camp, Part Two: Plot" and let me know your thoughts! Also, make sure you subscribe to Daily Tablet so that you can get daily writing news in your inbox!

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I Talk about "Fellowship at Hardee's" and Oil and Water Anthology

As most know, my short story "Fellowship at Hardee's" is part of the anthology Oil and Water and Other Things That Don't Mix.

All proceeds from the anthology go to directly benefit MOBILE BAYKEEPER and BAY AREA FOOD BANK, two charities helping to combat the effects of the spill and help the communities affected.

Over at the Oil and Water blog, I talk about how the idea of "Fellowship at Hardee's" came to me and why I decided to submit it for possible publication in the anthology.

Check it out [now]!