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Poem: Luci Shaw

I recently came across this poem I wrote after hearing Luci Shaw, a poet, speak at the Festival of Faith & Writing in 2014. Luci at the time was eighty-five years old.

She was full of vigor and clarity, humor and wit and creative energy. 

Listening to her was for me like a slowly rising tide. At first just the smell of the sea at a distance and the faint sound of waves. By the end of her lecture I was in danger of being submerged my own salty tears. 

Why? 

Eighty-five years old and she had become herself, yet was still also becoming. 

She said she wrote because she had to, because that's who she was and who she had to become. It was work, but joyful work. 

 

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