Shortened sail

View of the Tappan Zee from the Nyack Boat Club

Ghost stories and river imagery blew a few gusts in our free-write group yesterday afternoon. Among the paper coffee cups and notebooks, the lyric conversation turned to silent sketching of scenes and memories. Better than candy.

The writing prompt I offered was a quote from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, a beautiful description of our Hudson Valley landscape, with a little sweet encouragement:

It is remarkable that the visionary propensity I have mentioned is not confined to the native inhabitants of the valley, but is unconsciously imbibed by every one who resides there for a time. However wide awake they may have been before they entered that sleepy region, they are sure, in a little time, to inhale the witching influence of the air, and begin to grow imaginative—to dream dreams, and see apparitions.

I’ll be blogging more, if not every day, for National Blog Posting Month. I’m looking forward to highlighting my local writing scene, exploring poetic process, and sharing some poem-drafts.

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