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Zona Rosa

March 16, 2017

                                                    Zona Rosa

 

                        I sit at my writing desk in case I am inspired,

                        think back to my first Zona Rosa gathering

                        where fertile, creative minds congregated.

                        Rosemary said to one member, "Say you are

                        are a thinking-woman's Mary Higgins Clark."

 

                        I hear her say, "Be patient.  Let your soul

                        follow your body."  I laugh at the letter she

                        reads from a Zona Rosa member saying, I

                        moved after breaking up with the rat-faced

                        bastard I thought was my boyfriend."

 

                        The woman who spills words all over herself

                        reads homework about a fabulous fantasy

                        and one on toxic people, telling one  writer

                        of her incredible honesty. I listen as she asks

                        "What is the story you tell over and over?"

 

                        Rosemary says to remain single minded.

                        Bingo.  I like that idea.  The dinner menu

                        for tonight will be a helping, large or small,

                        of "fend for yourself."  I need to figure out

                        what will fit into my van turned into a home.

 

                        She reads woven poetic words Marla writes

                        about her murdered teacher whose classes

                        were spiritual and work from Elsa, who

                        fears spiders and pens prose about "Papa

                        carrying the little casket under his arm."

 

                        I leave the group, a grateful visitor, taking

                        with me memories of a rainy Saturday

                        filled with inviting faces, treats so sweet,

                        wine so fine, and fuel that ignites me

                        "to write a book before I go mad and die."

 

                                                            Lisbeth Thom 

 

 

 

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