yeah write #99 weekly writing challenge is open: invitational, original challenge and speakeasy

Writing stuff down and reading it aloud

Lucky me grew up in Dallas at a time when poet Tim Seibles (nominated for the National Book Award last year) lived there and did a lot of free readings at a long-dead bar called the 500 Cafe.  The bar owner loved my underaged best friend and wooed her by putting his liquor license at risk and letting us in. One night while staring at my shoes, I told Mr. Seibles how I thought his poetry was really really good and he wrote something on a scrap of paper and handed it to me.  

“Read this,” he said.  “It’s a poem in the form of a novel.”  The paper said, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez.  I read the book and I’ve kept that small dirty piece of paper for twenty-five years and every time someone says, “I’ll text/email/sendyouthelink,” the paper seems lonelier, more poetic and more valuable.  Write something on a scrap of paper today and give it to someone.  It’ll be the yeah write secret handshake for this week.

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12 Responses to “yeah write #99 weekly writing challenge is open: invitational, original challenge and speakeasy”

  1. I just have to tell you – I just read your story about Tim Seibles tonight and thought it was so timely. Today, I reached into the pocket of a pair of pants I hadn’t worn in a while and found a scrap of paper with the word “pancakes” written on it in crayon. It was my son’s breakfast request and when I showed it to him, we had a great time remembering that morning. I decided then to keep it. A scrap of paper with a message on it is timeless and something to cherish. You can always look at it years later as a tangible memory.

  2. What a great little story, I’m glad you still have the paper. One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the best books ever!

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