For much of history, it has been tradition to burn journals of loved ones when they pass over to the other side. I would like that to happen with mine please. But what if you didn't have a choice?
I recently saw Eileen Miles speak about having her journals housed in the archives of Yale University. We were at the electric Parkside Lounge on the Lower East Side of New York City. Apparently she didn't fully realize that once they were in the archives there would be no more edits! Oops. Her words would be preserved as is, like it or not.
Have you ever lost a journal? It can be pretty unsettling. Your precious words are left exposed on the café table, the back pocket of an airplane seat or buried in sand after rushing to leave the beach in a sudden storm.
It happened to me this week and I have no idea where it went. Will someone read it? Will they try to find me? I hope they respectfully toss it into the fire. But not counting on that...
WRITING YOGA® PROMPT #2019: Write an Essay or Poem About Losing a Journal
Write about a time you lost your journal. If that has never happened to you, imagine how you would feel if it did. What would you do if all of your deepest desires and secrets disappeared? Where would it travel to? Who would find it? (Make up a villain) What would it feel like?
What would you do to get it back?
I hope you enjoy this week's prompt and see you soon in person or on Zoom! - Stef
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