Writing challenge: from the poem “Lear” by William Carlos Williams, take the line: “Today the storm, inescapable, has taken the scene and we return our hearts to it…” and write for 15 minutes. Here’s where I went with it!
Today the storm, inescapable, has taken the scene and we return our hearts to it. This is life in Leadville, and we who chose to stay must expose our hearts to its hardships. There can be no more feigned surprise, or “Woe is me!” when the too-early snowflakes caress our mountaintops, no more trite questions about what happened to summer.
The hearts of Leadville are strong and beat with a pulse that would frighten warm-weather souls, souls who cherish comfort over endurance.
We endure, or we suffer, or we leave, or better, we grow to love, for that which seems inescapable truly is not. We return our hearts to the storm and are better for it.