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Saturday, December 29, 2012


He said,
the universal
is to try
to stretch
more in 2013.

Said that
he'd bend
over and touch
his toes
each morning.

That he'd try
to make
his dollar
go even 

And when
it came to
his writing,
he'd try to stretch
the time he had
for laying down
his words.

    What resolutions are you considering for the new year?  Can you make a list of your resolutions?  Please leave one of your resolutions in the comments below.


  1. Joy, I love this metaphor, to STRETCH more. In so many ways, it fits us. I think I'd like to stretch more in my writing, & hope that, like your final lines, I will be able to 'stretch the time in the laying down of words'. Thanks for the inspiration every day.

    1. Linda,
      Yes, stretch, stretch, stretch. I look forward to reading more of your writing.

  2. Joy,
    I've vowed to stretch myself in my writing by redoing some old manuscripts. Some of those favorite parts are even coming out.

    1. Yup, Linda.
      Always have to ask--what can come out? Especially when writing for children.

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    1. Thanks Carol. I appreciate your comment. I always feel insecure about the muscle of my free verse poems.