October 30, 2014
A few weeks ago during the Write to Heal and Have Fun group, leader Julie Gardner gave the prompt, I Have Never Liked. The women wrote for five minutes. At the end she asked them to write the words, I’ve Always Liked and complete the sentence with one thing.
Julie said, “I was touched by the deep things and simple things the women wrote. The last lines were strong. All showed gratitude for big and little things.” She liked that the pieces shared some of the hardships of homeless and formerly homeless women which invites understanding and compassion from readers. And she added, “We had fun.”
Never Liked, Always Liked
I never liked junk mail, paperwork,
cooking, stone faced people,
narcissism, authority figures, men
with large egos.
Muddy walks, dirty water, loud
talk constantly about nothing.
On the bus, seeing elders without seats.
of people marching toward me.
But I’ve always liked
heart to heart conversations