Friday, June 27, 2014

June 2014 Poetry Challenge Winner

There were several interesting poems submitted this month. If you haven’t tried the prompt of writing about what you “wish” you were, or writing as if you are something other than the person you are, you might want to give it a try. One writer wishes she were a queen (beware if you don’t treat her right); another would like to be a griffin or a unicorn. The winner, though, says she is the wind.

I am the wind

The weary sailor looks out to sea
A solitary figure
Battered hull
And lifeless sail
Mirrored in the glassy stillness of the water
Raising his rope scarred fist to the sky
He curses and rails
Then pleads and prays
I consider

A dot of red
Dancing against a summer-blue sky
Tethered to the small hand
Of a laughing child
I lift
I pull
I watch the joy of the tiny figure
I could leave; I could steal
Instead, I play

An old woman, some say a crone
Bent with her years
Tends to her roses in the simmering sun
Veined hands pressing a damp hankie to her face
Just one more shrub, maybe two
The white heat beats down
I gather some shaded air; pine tree cool
and blow softly, blow sweetly,
caressing the nape of her neck
I feel her smile

Gale force
Cars tumbled
Roofs gone
Trees uprooted and tossed like playthings
Sobbing folks fold to the ground in rag doll style
Their life’s work gone
A wake of devastation
Then silence
Sometimes my force cannot be contained

and the sailor?

His ocean gray eyes brighten
His body alert
As he senses the smallest stirring of air
His sail flutters
As does his heart
Then fills
As does his heart
He is laughing; he is flying; cutting through the choppy sea
He travels with my blessing

I am the wind

Mary Cohutt

This poem has a series of interesting images, beginning and ending with the sailor. The wind hold control over the fate of the sailor. But between the first and last stanzas, we see other places the wind is at work, and other people who feel its impact.

Mary Cohutt is a Leasing Consultant from Western Massachusetts. She also has her own business, "The Good Daughter," which provides business assistance to older people.  She has two adult children and two grandchildren. She has been a winner in the Poetry Challenge before.

The poems this month were judged by two members of the Poetic Lights group of which I am a member, Marilyn Huntman Giese and Linda Wallin.

© Wilda Morris

Friday, June 6, 2014

Your road to writing success awaits! This is the 66th year
for the Green Lake Christian Writers Conference.
Come and set aside Sunday, August 17, 3 p.m. to Friday, August 22, 10 a.m., 2014.

Writers and artists, this week is for you – our own “Route 66” conference.

The Green Lake Conference Center will nurture your creativity. We’ve met for more than six decades here. You’ll enjoy the 1000 acres of natural beauty by the shores of Wisconsin’s deepest natural lake. With two and a half miles of shoreline, forests, rolling hills and unique historic structures, you’ll find both inspiration and peace.  Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) is situated in South Central Wisconsin and is easy to reach.

Take a look: visit for more information, and then pack your bags to journey with other writers and artists.

We offer inspiration, great instruction, varied opportunities to improve your skillset, or you can try something new. We also allow you time to network and to write or work on your art. We’ll enjoy generous and creative meals and comfortable lodging.

You will have personal attention and can make real progress on your projects,
or begin something new.
If you are new to serious writing, you’ll get as much attention as you need.
The leaders are all experienced as writers, presenters and teachers.

Artists, you will have your own room to use as a studio for the length of the conference.

In addition to classes where writers can concentrate on an area of interest, we also offer a choice of seminars covering a wide variety of subjects to broaden your horizon. You may submit a manuscript for review, enter our writers’ contest, spend time with all instructors, enjoy morning devotions and evening vespers, and browse through published books by our instructors and fellow writers.

Please take time to prayerfully consider coming, whether you are new to this conference or have
been here before. Each year, we offer new elements to keep the event fresh.
Each year, people return home refreshed and energized.

Also, please think about others who could come with you – either as attendees wishing to write or paint/draw/photograph or just as vacationers to have some time here to golf, go boating, shop, swim, bike and hike. You may download a packet of information from the website.

May blessings be yours,
Jan White Moon, Conference Director and Sue Engebrecht, Associate Conference Director

Green Lake Christian Writers Conference at Green Lake Conference Center: W2511 State Rd 23
Green Lake, WI 54941 – (920) 294-3323 for meals and lodging reservations

~ In-depth Instruction in the Workshop of Your Choice ~
Choose a workshop (class) which meets for five sessions, Sunday evening and Tuesday through Thursday. You’ll profit from one-on-one appointments with your instructor in addition to your class time. Both new and experienced writers are welcome in all workshops. Instructors are flexible and helpful to see that you can meet your goals.
            Wilda Morris: Journeys in Poetry
Your life journey, side trips, flights of imagination – whatever is or has been important to you as you have traveled through life – provides possibilities for poems. Participants will listen to and discuss poems by accomplished poets, draft their own work, and provide each other feedback, as well as trying some exercises that will open us up to new ideas. Publication possibilities and a few poetry forms may be discussed, but the questions and issues of participants will be given priority.
            Mary Pierce: Write the Story Only You Can Tell (Inspirational/Memoir)
Using your life’s anecdotes, personal experiences, special events and/or encounters with memorable people, decide what format is best to tell your stories. Develop them into meaningful pieces, long or short, so that you can tell these stories to inspire others and touch readers’ hearts. Bring your own ideas and projects, too.
            Karl Stewart: Fiction: Finding Your Writer's Voice
Ernest Hemingway, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, and C.S. Lewis. What do these authors have in common, other than writing in the English language? Each has a distinct literary voice, instantly recognizable. How did they do it, and how do you find and establish your own voice? Join us as we explore the subject and work to develop our unique voices. All are welcome, and aspiring writers are encouraged to bring samples of their work to share.
            Jan White Moon: Nonfiction – So Much to Say & So Little Time…
We’ll explore the many avenues which nonfiction takes: journalism/columns, letters, short creative nonfiction, magazine articles, interviews, curriculum, devotions and so much more! We’ll experiment and critique. We’ll take a look at published examples and try our hand at some original work. We’ll learn to love editing – really! You are invited to bring your own projects, too. 

Seminars meet on Sunday and Monday, providing a "short track" for writers 
who cannot attend the entire conference.

For more information see the website listed above or email me at wildamorris[at]ameritech[dot]net.

Green Lake Conference Center is a beautiful location for working on the improvement of your writing skills. I began attending this conference a couple decades ago. The leaders gave me the help and encouragement I needed to become a poet. Now I'm grateful for the opportunity to help other poets in their journeys with poetry.
 ~ Wilda Morris