A Little Mary Oliver
a writing prompt to help you give into joy
Welcome to Writing in Company. Each week I share some words and a writing prompt, meant to be jumping-off points for you to write about what matters. Use the prompts however you like—to journal, to draft thoughts for your own writing project, as meditation or prayer ideas, or for another creative endeavor. If this one doesn’t resonate, take a look back through the archive for one that does. Grab your pen and paper, and let your words loose on the page.
If you want to skip right to the prompt, without any preliminaries or wordy words from me, scroll on down to the heading: a writing prompt.
Just a quick post and prompt today. I’m on vacation in hot Florida with family, gathered for my sister’s wedding. We are eating seafood, walking along the ocean’s edge, and appreciating being together.
We’ve had long years of practice as a family showing up for one another in difficult times. So it is no small thing to be celebrating this week.
Here’s a little Mary Oliver to prompt your own opening to joy, in whatever way it comes to you today.
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
a writing prompt
Use Mary’s words to start your writing. Choose a line from the piece to begin, then keep your pen moving. If you suddenly or finally find a word or two of joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it and keep writing.
like | comment | share
Let me know what you think about the prompt, or come back and add some of what you write in the comments. Know someone who might enjoy this prompt or others? Please share!
Writing in Company is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.