November 23, 2014
“Believe me, those who seem to be busied with nothing are busied with great tasks; they are dealing with things mortal and things immortal.” – Seneca, Epistle VII
As I pack up my things – books, pens, scraps of poetry ‘confetti,’ hard-boiled eggs for the drive – I am filled with gratitude for this special time to be busied with the work of contemplation, of reading and writing, of walking the path like a labyrinth in contemplation only to be startled by the largest buck I’ve ever seen. (I wish for his survival through this hunting season!) I am grateful for the kindness of the merchants and forest rangers in Fish Creek, grateful for the pounding November waves and the ice along the shore, the scant snow that crunched under foot. I’m calmed and focused after my days in this quiet house, after stimulating conversations about writing, publishing, and poetry. The excitement to build a community of writers is so very strong here and I was grateful to be welcomed so thoroughly. Special thanks to Anne for a farewell visit, everyone who attended the poetry workshop with open hearts and ready pens, and Jami who runs the Fish Creek salon. Jerod, your generosity only grows, and my admiration for you never ceases. May our friendship prosper as Write On, Door County flourishes!
Kathryn Kysar (St. Paul, MN)
Poet, author of Pretend the World and Dark Lake