July 23, 2016
Write On, Door County – thank you for offering writers like me the gift of space and time in an environment of great natural beauty.
In the bustle of what is called a “normal life” at home, sometimes, in the bustle, I lose track of the heart of me, what really matters. Here, away from regular routines, I can get a new long view of the things I want to be as a writer and as a person.
At Write On, I feel life’s gorgeous openness because time is not tight. I can be dreamy and absent-minded with no errands to run – or I can plot my day and focus on starting or finishing a poem.
With few obligations this week, I have found and followed new rhythms. Some days have awakened me early and pointed me to my desk. Other days invited me to sleep in, then go out for a long walk to look at fields and ditches full of the royal beauty of Queen Ann’s lace and the remarkable blue of chicory.
I appreciated the honor of “giving back” by writing a poem for your collaboration with Midsummer Music Festival. The poetry potluck was a sweet parting party, followed by a soothing cool rain.
Thanks to you good-spirited people—board, staff, funders—who make Write On possible.
Margaret Hasse (St. Paul, MN)
Poet, author of the collections Milk and Tides, Earth’s Appetite, and more