6's & 7'S
and all things crazy
Take a writer, particularly one that lost that little filter thing years ago, throw her in the middle of a writing retreat, and stand back. Last week, Beth Garland and I enjoyed a few days at the When Words Count Retreat in Rochester, Vermont. Looking back, I have to say I found a common theme for the trip: Beaver. Yes, beaver, and it’s many definitions.
One of our new writer friends, Bill from Statten Island, New York, has that classic New Yawk accent that I love to listen to. While he was telling us about his trip to “Chin-er”, I couldn’t help but interrupt and ask, “Do you also say vagin-er?” One of those things I’m sure everyone would like to know but were afraid to ask. He says no. I don’t believe him.
About ten miles from the retreat is Granville, Vermont. It is here, I was told, that I could see the local wildlife. I met Jim, an elderly gentleman, at the local General Store and asked him where I could find moose. He gave me a detailed mental map, and yes, I saw a moose. Excited, I went back to the store and thanked Jim. My thank you went something like this:
Me: That was amazing? So how about some beaver?
Jim smiled: Sounds good to me.
(It’s a good thing I saw a rooster without having to ask…)
On the plane ride home, I sat next to an older woman who noticed I was reading “Writing Erotica.” She was delighted and asked me if I would name a character after her. Then she asked if I wrote poetry, well, maybe, and she decided she would much rather have an erotic poem with her name in it. Esther.
I’m not much of a poet, but rhyming with Esther? Fester? Molester? Jester? Pester? Maybe if I task this to Bill he can rhyme it with Fiest-er? Considering her age, maybe Siest-er? Or even Vaginer?
So I’ve decided to leave the poetry to poets, the beaver hunting to Jim and the vaginers to Bill.
And next time I go on a writing retreat, I'll spend more time writing and less time letting my mouth get me in to trouble (No I won't. )
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