Write the world anew

Hello everyone! Thank you for being here with us to write today. Hopefully staying physically and emotionally well in this difficult time.

In the midst of the pandemic, we must not lose our sense of imagination. Even if we are struggling with fear of getting the virus and dying, even if we are faced with job loss, money problems, fear of not having enough food, in order to get through, we must not forget to imagine. Imagination helps us move through trauma, through difficult times. It is the key to us surviving and we must nourish our imagination and cherish it.

Today I want us to imagine how we can come out of this alive and better. And I want you to write about it.

Writing exercises:

First write about you surviving through this. How you will be and how your life will be when the pandemic ends. Imagine how you will be strong through this and how you will come out stronger in the end.

Second, I want you to imagine how we will come out of this as a world, in our communities, as ourselves in our communities and lives and write about that. How do you imagine the world coming out of this and how can you imagine us as humans in our worlds being better, stronger? Write this.

And on a different but similar note, write about helping someone else. In this time, we must not forget each other. How can we help ourselves and how can we also help others?

Third– Think of someone you could help in some way or another. Write about it. What can you do? What will you do? It doesn’t have to be big, but something small even that would help someone else. Research has shown that helping others through acts of charity or volunteer work or even in small acts of kindness (and at this time even just reaching out) can make you feel better and happier, but more recent research finds that simply wishing someone well may have a similarly positive effect on our moods.
Write what you will do and then try to carry it out.

And finally, document your life right now. This is an exceptionally different time, like we have never experienced before, don’t let it go by without you writing about it, writing through it.

Thank you for writing and being here.

Be well!

-Liza

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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