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I am Only One Person

This poem is directly inspired by the Teachers Write! prompt on Jo Knowles’ blog, and in reflection on the tragic events of the past week.

One Person

I’m only one person, but I can…
at each passerby, every person in line
White or black,
Or any hue


I’m only one person, but I can…
for and with each family whose loss
Is their whole world
In a single moment


I’m only one person, but I can…
my blood, each part used
To replenish, sustain, heal
Bodies of humanity


I’m only one person, but I can…
my two children to love thy neighbor
Do what Jesus did
Accept, forgive, sacrifice.


I’m only one person, but I can…
Bear witness
to the pain I know others suffer
Because people are not listening
Nor believing it is real


I’m only one person, but I can…
for courage to fight for equality
And unity
For the world


I’m only one person, but I can…
I can…
I can…
I can…


(c) Wendy Scalfaro, 2016. Al rights reserved.



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A Quick Poem about my WIP

This “poem” is the result of a prompt from Jo Knowles’ blog for Teachers Write.

Age 12,
a child growing up during WWI.
Her desperate mother,
places her in the care of a cruel woman,
who dumps her in an orphanage.
Feeling torn away from her mother,
she nonetheless
does as she’s told.
She finds solace in nurturing her garden,
kindness from a loving nun,
and a friendship,
that challenges boundaries.
Until a tragedy opens the door to freedom,
but makes her question what really matters.

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Getting Ready for Another Teachers Write Summer

TW Summer 2015It’s almost that time again. Time for another Teachers Write! the virtual summer writers’ camp hosted by Kate Messner, Gae Polisner, Jo Knowles, and Jen Vincent.

I’m approaching this year’s camp with a different outlook. I have about 3/4 of a rough draft completed on my WIP, which got its start last summer during camp. I’ve spent the last 11 months working with my critique group, three wonderful writers who I “met” through Teachers Write! and who continue to inspire and push me every day. I’ve set up a writing schedule that incorporates dedicated writing time when my family is asleep or otherwise occupied, and I’m easing into the routine of keeping that schedule. I’m also reading texts such as Kate Messner’s 59 Reasons to Write, Real Revision, and her two historical novels from her new Ranger in Time series: Rescue on the Oregon Trail and Danger in Ancient Rome.

What makes this year different is the preparation I mentioned above. I’ve never put this much planning and prep into camp before camp actually begins. It feels different. I feel different.

This year I feel like a writer.


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