Hi Ho, Hi Ho. Off to Work We Go.

May you hear in your own stories
the moan of wind around the corners
of half-forgotten houses
and the silence in rooms you remember…

May you study your craft as you would study
a new friend or a long time, much loved lover.
And all the while, lost though you may be in the forest,
drop your own words on the path like pebbles
and write your way home.

– Pat Schneider, from “Blessing for a Writer” in “How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice” 

Source: Thank you Whiskey River. Photo: Anka Zhuravleva.  Inspired: “This is what poetry is: not a kind of public posturing but a private language of music and imagery that is strange and compelling enough that it can speak privately to thousands of people at the same time.” ~ Ilya Kaminsky, from “Still Dancing: An Interview With Ilya Kaminsky” by Garth Greenwell, March/April 2019 (Feb 13, 2019)


  1. As ever, beautiful my friend.

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  2. “…and write your way home.” Yes, yes, yes.

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  3. WLS

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  4. LOVE this, the rest of the poem as well.
    As for your post inspiration, every time Ilya Kaminsky utters something it resonates, real and dreamy.

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  5. Wow! And I love the photo. The colors of the flowers and dress!

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  6. write your way home. yes.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Much more … ‘and write your way home.’
    Pat Schneider, from “Blessing for a Writer” in “How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice” … stay safe!!

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  8. Poignant and beautiful.

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  9. OmG….. this is balm on my soul ….
    Just listen to the sound of this: *drop your own words on the path like pebbles
    and write your way home.*
    How I wd have loved to be able to have said the same thing in words as beautiful as these, but helas, I can’t. All I always advise is: Write IT down…. it DOES clear your mind, just putting it all down on paper. HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH YOURSELF.
    Thank you.

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  10. Absolutely LOVE! Thank you, David. Cher xo

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  11. I really liked this

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  12. beautiful…

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