Write Calm And Give Thanks (500th Ficly)

Avatar Author: Tad Winslow "If you don't work nothing will." Maya Angelou Read Bio

Inspiration has taken
a vacation. Awaken
from misshapen
anger and tell
me what’s
wrong.

Try to write calm.
Why would it matter?
Pretend a baby depends
upon your ability to be calm,
“even though I’d rather slather on
some raw emotion; it is my focus.” Just
become a silken sky and send summer onto
someone’s skin, bring them in to the smell of food,
they’re standing all alone in a cold room, bring them home,
and you, and I will have a brighter mood, refined and renewed.

If you want
to know, this
is what I aim for,
sure, I miss more oft
than I use words like oft
just so the slope won’t cut

off—
(I just
love the
word just)

& challenge myself to have rhythm
when heard, shape when seen, and
an alliterative abundance of images
to ski down a slanted rhyme scheme.

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  1. Avatar Tad Winslow

    I have been writing on Ficlets (r.i.p), and this site, Ficly, for a combined 7 years now. I didn’t plan to, I simply fell in love with it. Ficly became the place where I felt comfortable honing my written work, and most special of all, ficly allowed me to be a part of this rich community of people with like-minded passions. I will always be thankful to Kevin, Jason, Joe, Viget Labs, THX0477, and all of the writers on here that make this thing happen. When the time comes for me to leave the ‘nest’, and it is approaching, I won’t soon forget how much this place has shaped and nurtured who I’ve become as a writer. THANK YOU!

  2. Avatar Rahose

    Very good! I love the casual feel.

  3. Avatar Cariad Ceffyl

    Please stay- this generation of writers needs people like you to critique, encourage and lead by written example. I love your writing!

  4. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Please don’t leave. I’ve only today come back, having been here for a total of 4 years and it feels so empty without the people I once knew or looked up to (you included).

    This is such a brilliant poem, like all your work. And I’m on just on the edge of understanding it. That last paragraph is perfection.

    If you do have to fly the nest, rememeber there’s a whole community here who loves your work, misses you, and wishes you the very best.

  5. Avatar Tad Winslow

    I’m speechless, Cariad, Abby, and thank you Rahose. I need to put on the brakes right now. This isn’t goodbye for forever. How could I leave this? Your outpouring of affection is what keeps me going, all of you. I love you all, and I love Ficly. I will be back better than ever one day. My focus will be to give back, on here, with comments, and also to the people I have in my life that make my life worth living. If you all knew how much of a blubbering imbecile I really am… well, maybe you already do. Maybe I’m trying to force words where there are none. Thank you so, so much.