As a few of you know, I have spent my summer writing as much as I can. Admittedly the joys and adventures of being abroad have taken over every so often and I haven’t written as much as I would have liked. However, as French writer Françoise Sagan said “I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.” It’s all about balance.
This summer I have achieved one minor victory: I got my first poem published! My poem is called A Tree That Grows and it is for my beautiful nephew Sebastian. A website for poets called The Rainbow Journals emailed me a few weeks ago and said that they would love to publish my poem in their next issue. And a fortnight ago, my writing appeared on their online issue with the theme of childhood.
My poem was followed by a brief biography: “Jill Stevens is a Scottish student living in Ottawa for the year. She is spending this summer writing every possible story and poem which has lay dormant inside her for years. Jill’s “day job” involves exploring Canadian culture and documenting these adventures in a travel blog called Scottawa. Despite the many joys of travelling and living in a country where milk is sold in bags, she misses her beautiful nephew and dedicates these poems to him.”
Thank you Rainbow Journals for publishing my poem. This may be a small success but it feels wonderful to see my words in print!