Wednesday, March 21, 2018

“Writing Class,” a closing poem by Larry Davies


This past Christmas was normal, except for one gift
My daughter was thinking, Dad might need a lift
So she went looking for ideas she might wrap in a box
And found a writing site called “the quick brown fox”

I’d written some poems in the past on topics quite wide
But actually writing a good story - I’d never even tried
So I thought, after pouring some wine – okay, four glasses
 “What can be so hard about signing up for some classes?”

I showed up the first day and was in for a surprise
When I found myself staring into fourteen female eyes
We all got a nickname so we would know who was who
“Dazzling” and “Lively” and “Happy” to name but a few

Each week had a new topic and subject to write
We learned from each other – it was like love at first sight
We talked about our upbringing, first failure and bread
Against these quality writers I was at first filled with dread

With each week we got better and learned a lot more
I looked forward each time to see what was in store
Brian made sure that we were stretched and we shared
We learned about speed dating and about a mom who cared

I was sorry to miss two weeks because of travel
Surely there were more stories about to unravel
Would the perfect office assistant -  or Lori prevail?
Has anyone been published in the Globe and Mail?

As we wrap up today and go our separate ways
I say thanks to all for our special writing days
Each time I eat bread or go on a speed date – not!
You’ll each be remembered and never be forgot

Larry Davies lives in Oakville, Ontario. He’s been marries 49 years and has two children and one grandchild. His hobbies include golf, billiards, and writing.

New writing classes are starting soon. See details of all seven courses offered this spring here.

See Brian Henry’s complete current schedule here,  including writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury,  Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. 

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