The Colors of Humility

The Story Behind the Poem Have you ever been found out? It's an awful feeling. Heart in throat. Can't eat. Breathe. Get out of bed. There's a process that starts with shame and ends with grace. If you know that feeling, you'll understand this poem. The Colors of Humility by Sarah Steele August 2014 Humility [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|From My Writer's Notebook, Poetry|4 Comments

He Was There

The Story Behind the Poem My husband gave me an hour (a whole glorious hour!) when our first two children were 22 months and 2 months old. I biked down to a coffee shop and sat outside, just soaking up the quiet. Even with the bustle of the farmer's market around me, I was alone [...]

By | July 11th, 2016|From My Writer's Notebook, Poetry|0 Comments


The Story Behind the Writing For my 30th birthday, I knew I wanted to do something crazy, do something out-of-the-ordinary (for me), do something edgy. So. I got a tattoo. (All right, don't roll your eyes, all you crazy people out there.) It was a stalk of wheat and the word dayenu. The wheat represents [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|From My Writer's Notebook, Personal, Poetry|4 Comments

Corn Cooking

The Story Behind the Poem This poem was to help me get over the embarrassment of ruining a main part of our first meal hosted as a married couple. (Note that I wrote it nearly 4 years after it happened. That's something pretty rough denial.) My cooking skills have vastly improved since then, but I'm still a [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|From My Writer's Notebook, Personal, Poetry|0 Comments

The Laundromat

The Story Behind the Poem The first three years of our marriage, we washed our clothes at a laundromat. Sometimes I'd bring a book to read, find the Sunday comics there, or paint my nails. Sometimes I'd go before work (5:30am!). Sometimes we went together. It was mostly...a good experience to be able to speak [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|From My Writer's Notebook, Personal, Poetry|0 Comments

I Am From

Every week or two, I'll be sharing a little peek into my writer's journal. Poems or short stories. From high school or yesterday. Deeply personal or generic. Familiar or new. I'd like to kick off with an oldie I wrote early in our marriage, inspired by George Ella Lyon's poem. I wrote this as part [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|From My Writer's Notebook, Personal, Poetry, Writing|3 Comments