Monday, March 4, 2019

In Ten Short Lines

After reading Elisabeth Ellington's wonderful bio poem on her blog and seeing that many other slicers had used the format, I decided to give it a try. It is interesting to think that on another day my poem might turn out quite differently, and yet each poem would be a true depiction of who I am. 


determined, hopeful, overwhelmed, anxious

daughter of Joan and Jack, wife of Dan, mother of Jared and Jack

who loves sunsets and mountains and crashing ocean waves

who has loved and laughed and cried hidden tears

who fears pain and loneliness and the heavy silence of loss

who has discovered that life is not always what it's supposed to be but is beautiful nonetheless

who hopes to one day live in a world ruled by compassion not anger, hope not fear, and to feel the peace of a life lived well

California born and raised



  1. This form is a great way to introduce yourself. I love that you wrote "overwhelmed" in the first line. I so often feel that way in both teaching and writing. I really want to be a good commenter for SOLC but real life gets in the way.

    1. There's never enough time, is there? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love your note at the top, because this is absolutely true: if we wrote the poem on a different day, the content would be quite different, yet they are all true. Your Bio Poem has so much feeling in it. I really appreciated getting to know you better through this format!

    1. Thank you for your kind words and your inspiration. :)

  3. Ah...a real California girl. I had the pleasure of living in Santa Cruz for three years, followed years later by my daughter who lived there for 7 years while attending school. there's a current of California blues in your poem. It's lovely.

    1. Thank you! I love Santa Cruz. I grew up not too far from there. Now I'm farther inland and quite often I find myself missing the coast.


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