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In Search of That Someday

“Write to save yourself… and someday you’ll write because you’ve been saved.” When I first read these words from a novel by Anne Michaels, an author whose work I love, I understood. This is what I had been doing ever since I learned to read and write – something that my six-year-old self seized upon with a sense of wonder and glee. I could tell stories. I could pour out my heart in the cups of words, line them up on the tray of a white page – and serve. I could let myself rain. And I could shake out drops of laughter. In writing I could be bold. I was a timid child, by all accounts, at least people deduced that from the fact that I was tiny. My imagination was larger than life, though, and reading and writing filled me with the impression that so too was the world: larger than life in a country where we were boxed in according to colour, and the world was presented to us within the cramped confines of black and white. Writing became my escape, my canvas, my map. I could live in my words; I could appear there – there were no signs that indicated my “proper place” according to my race or gender. I was in control of punctuation! And so I wrote, and continue to write, to save myself.

What led me to Worldpulse and what currently moves me to write here, however, is the second part of the quotation: the hope of that “someday”. I do not know if I am there yet – there are moments… There are moments when my words are a red shout claiming revolution, when they sing and dance for freedom, when they resound with the history of what we have survived. And then there are times when they are a whisper, a sigh, a six-year-old’s question: are we there yet? It is at this point that it helps to hear other voices; to have the company of your words when my own are falling silent. Here I can trace the rich cartography of (y)our journeys of courage, beauty and possibility and locate the affirmation that we are getting there, that in some ways we are always already arriving at that “someday”.

For me, Worldpulse is an unfolding of a new map. I hope to discover what it could mean to write “because you have been saved”… and to share that discovery with the world. On this journey (and in this journal) I wish to find the connecting lines between our stories, and to end mine the way I always did when I was a child: with the words “to be continued”.

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aimeeknight's picture

I love this line!.."I could

I love this line!.."I could pour out my heart in the cups of words, line them up on the tray of a white page – and serve."..Thank you for being bold, for sharing your story.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Song Of Joy's picture

The Pen is your magic wand

What a wonderful way you have with words.. It's like the pen is your magic wand, you use it and beauty happens... Keep up with your writing!! You have a strong voice. Never doubt it, never second guess it. You are strong and your heart is beautiful!! I too hope to find a community of sisters from around our globe.
I feel I am sisters with so many, not because we share the same blood, but because we share the same heart!!
Bless you Daydri!
Song
(I wish my words to be a Song of Joy to another's ear!)

May my voice be a Song of Joy....

Daydri's picture

dear Song of Joy

i just read your message
amidst monday morning noise:
a song : )
a joy to my ears
& a blessing to my heart
thank you
d*

Greta's picture

In Admiration from Afar

Greetings Daydri,

This is absolutely beautiful! Poetic! You have created something very special in my mind's eye with your words. I love your use of "are we there yet" as a representation of the process, for us as individuals, and collectively.

It is a joy to listen to you from afar! I offer you absolute support and encouragement as you make your way!
Please, keep sharing here in the community. You have a powerful writing style and I for one, look forward to reading more from you.

In Kindness,

Gretchen

Daydri's picture

dear gretchen

thank you so much : )

d*

bougeotte's picture

Greetings Daydri

Once again a beautifully written piece. I loved the line "I could shake out drops of laughter." Such a beautiful turn of words. You clearly have read a great deal and have absorbed the techniques of great writer. I cannot wait to read more of your work.
All my best,
Terri

Daydri's picture

once again

thanks so much, terri!

d*

cbenkov's picture

Lovely

Daydri,

This is great! I'm so glad that your journey has brought you here.

I love the way that you end it -- to be continued. In a way you've always reached that someday, especially if you choose to live each day in the present. And at the same time, it will always be to be continued, as you live each day as a learning experience. Really lovely.

warm wishes,
carly

ruth_terry's picture

Listener Feedback

Hi Daydri,

I am one of your Listeners for this story.

I really enjoyed your use of metaphor, and the expert way you transitioned between ideas. You found a rich, imaginative way to make your journey to World Pulse really come alive. I look forward to reading more of your expressive, vivid writing.

Ruth

"A writer’s job is to tell stories that connect readers to all the people on earth... Passionate and well-articulated ideas can and do change the world." ~~Mary Pipher

Daydri's picture

thank you ruth

for reading~listening

d*

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