SOLSC 22/31 2012 The Hemingway- Way

“Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
Ernest Hemingway

Who can argue with Hemingway?
So today I am not going to deepen the imprint on my couch cushion by writing about my father-in-law’s passing.
I’m not going to write about the lack of feeling I have, 
or the feelings I do have.
I’m not going to spend my day searching for the “write” words, or sorting the ones that play over and over in my mind.
I’m not going to write down the things I need to do and don’t want to,
or things I want to and don’t.
I’m not going to write about my hurt,
or my happiness, my pleasure or my pain.
I’m not going to spend my day looking answers 
I don’t know the questions to,
or wondering about what-if and whys.
I’m going to spend my day away from my pen, key board, paper, and ideas.
I am going to spend my day living.
So tomorrow I will have something to write.  



  1. Great poem. Writing without writing. Interesting approach. I'm sorry about the death of your FIL.

  2. I hope you had a great day away, but you didn't get too far away from the keyboard as you have left tracks (although they are not in the sand). Sorry for your loss of your father-in-law.

  3. So sorry about the loss of your father in law. I lost mine about a year and half ago and it was harder than I thought because he was the first person I knew that closely to pass. It was really hard because my daughter was just 14 months old when it happened and she was the only grandchild. Sending prayers your way :)

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  4. Oh, I'm so sorry - that is not a day that anybody wants to encounter. Many hugs to you. I do have to tell you that you won third prize in my giveaway though. I hope, if nothing else, that lifts your spirits just a wee bit.

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  5. Wonderfully written Tammy, with complex irony, do you agree? I hope you had a wonderful day "not" doing much of anything.