The Actual Act of Writing


“Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do – the actual act of writing – turns out to be the best part… The act of writing turns out to be its own reward…

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve thought that there was something noble and mysterious about writing, about the people who could do it well, who could create a world as if they were little gods or sorcerers. All my life I’ve felt that there was something magical about people who could get into other people’s minds and skin, who could take people like me out of ourselves and then take us back to ourselves. And you know what? I still do.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

Business Travel

I sleep diagonal
on a borrowed bed

no snoring husband
by my side
to prod
and flip to silence

no child’s head
nestled into the curve
of my breast

this spare yet elegant
rented room

dominated by simple
whiteness of inviting bed

the plumped but giving pillows

a body remembering

it can fill the entire space

@ Julie Ayers, April 2011


About Julie Ayers

Seasoned apocaloptimist, keen admirer of well-placed words, fierce mama bear of extra special children, black belt hugger, and advocate for a fashion rebellion which elevates the most human of hearts to socially acceptable outerwear.

5 responses »

  1. Shouldn’t there be a second verse? One where the bedbugs cuddle up beside you and remind you that you are not alone in that bed after all… :p

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