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All Ends Are Merely Beginnings

What at first might seem like merely pins on the map become stories of a place when you dig deeper in – wrapping fingers into dirt, resting ear against wood, scratching words into stone; so sit with it for awhile and let the land tell you its tale of where it's been and where we're going

Pause point for #nwp #writeacrossamerica https://lead.nwp.org/writeacrossamerica-a-virtual-writing-marathon/

Allee Gathering

Knees scraping against the bark and bite of ancient things, this tree's rings speak of something larger than us, seated as we are, here, with feet in the shade of solitude, the ghosts of Maple Allee hover just beyond us, singing as they always will with hope for roots and soil

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (New York)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/51588a6e04ef4284337b1f40a89138a6/hvwp-virtual-writing-marathon/index.html and https://youtu.be/8IXALOI_AzU

Oracle of Lacuna

only half a house buried in dirt becomes the bricks a writer might use to build a few words into only half a home for a poem

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (New York)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/51588a6e04ef4284337b1f40a89138a6/hvwp-virtual-writing-marathon/index.html and https://youtu.be/hl9twz7jaec

Naval frigate USS Jesse L. Brown cut across oceans of racial divide, each tide carrying this cherished local hero's story

— the first Black naval aviator and the first Black naval officer killed in the Korean War —

a little bit further into navigating a world of understanding

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (Mississippi)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/04028042cf74411a2a1f6d6d96c52092/downtown-hattiesburg-virtual-writing-marathon/index.html

Remembering Ellis

The radio show played the entire concert of the father, Marsalis, leading his sons, the family riffing off each other in front of an audience, with us listening in, too, but it was the son's voice on the passing of the father that hung so quiet in the air, like a complex harmony of shared jazz improvisation

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (Louisiana)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/b9410ac575a86deb6a52221179a64ef6/new-orleans-writing-marathon/index.html

“If you don't vote, you don't count.”

Perhaps justice will be the vote itself — one town's lasting legacy for a ballot activist, Vernon Dahmer of Forrest County, a murdered man whose statue stands in such stark contrast to the Soldier of Confederacy, two symbols locked into silent battle over the soul of a nation's past, present, future

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (Mississippi)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/04028042cf74411a2a1f6d6d96c52092/downtown-hattiesburg-virtual-writing-marathon/index.html

All around this small house you'll find cubbies and alcoves, small nooks for fingers and dreams, large enough to hold the historical legacy of one, Miss McCarty, the woman of the wash who worked her days planning for another's opportunities

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (Mississippi)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/04028042cf74411a2a1f6d6d96c52092/downtown-hattiesburg-virtual-writing-marathon/index.html

Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? — excerpt from “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver

I don't know, Mary, and isn't that the raw truth of these lives lived, each foot plodding forward along beaten bends already trampled by others before us, those whose minds and hearts went wild with untraveled terrain, while here I am, Mary, toying with words barely visible to myself, never mind the rest of the world

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (Wisconsin)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/682bb4edd84301c78e2f9be8f15cf8d5/greater-madison-writing-project-olbrich-gardens-writing-marathon/draft.html and https://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/133.html

Poetic response to 'Carrying Our Words' by Ofelia Zepeda

It's so true, Ofelia; We carry our words. Our own songs hold the weight of tides and beauty. We wish the wind well as it caresses our shouts into whispers, the spaces where canyons resonate of shared stories

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (Arizona)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/1f437741dd4ee15610d5d8e3f487edb5/arizona-writing-marathon-by-cawp/index.html and https://poets.org/poem/carrying-our-words

Organ Pipe Cactus

Where this land sings its desert songs with wind hovering over open green - its melody, far; its harmony, long - that's the place we still belong

for the #NWP #writeacrossamerica project (Arizona)

Inspired by https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/1f437741dd4ee15610d5d8e3f487edb5/arizona-writing-marathon-by-cawp/index.html