Hi, it’s Sher today with the Insecure Writers Support Group., thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh. One of my insecurities is storytelling, so this year I decided to write more short stories. Given IWSG’s limited word count, I wrote a poem about our vacation in Japan. It’s not great, but practice makes perfect –eventually. So here goes with some background: our son Mike’s Japanese girlfriend, Nobuko, acted as guide.
Suitcase, airplane, sit down quick.
Run to restroom, throw up sick.
Land in Tokyo. Where to go?
Mike and Nobuko must know.
Bag drag, fall down moving stairs.
Hubby saves me, more gray hairs!
Find the subway. Squeeze in tight.
Miles to go before the night.
Hotel on the second floor,
Has a Todo! Time to snore?
No, we eat with Ninjas next!
I can’t eat like they expect.
Bedtime. Pillow filled with rice.
Never mind. Sleep is SO nice.
Breakfast seems like lunch to me.
I don’t mind; it’s good and free.
Off to visit foreign shores;
palace guards keep us outdoors.
DIET building — time well spent,
learning ways of government.
Tours of Tokyo take 3 days:
Sumos, temples, ancient ways,
Modern towers, crowds polite,
Tsukiji market, sushi night.
Off to Nikko on a train,
Bullet fast without a strain.
Matts on floor are where we sleep.
Morning: hike a trail too steep.
Summer brings a festival.
Warriors shoot the targets full.
We take pics and stand in line.
Higher up, we tour a shrine.
Watch parade and walk the town
Eat good food and most stays down.
That’s not all, but time to close
Off to bed where I can dose.
I should have mentioned I still throw up almost every day because of my hiatal hernia surgery almost 2 months ago. My esophagus often squeezes from bottom to top; it’s called dysphagia and should go away within 90 days. But I was actually sick on the plane, and nausea bothered me throughout the trip. It didn’t ruin my enjoyment because I loved seeing the sights, meeting the people, and learning their ways. I couldn’t help but imagine stories in those settings, so I’m glad I took a bazillion pictures to help me remember. I’ll add a few more after I get some sleep.
Bottom line, don’t give up on your dreams no matter what obstacles you face. So what’s your insecurity or success?
Now what’s your insecurity? Or how have you solved one?