'Carry the Light' Excerpt: Pen to Paper

This poem from a South City native talks about one of the most difficult processes for people: writing. It appears in the "Carry the Light" anthology.

Editor's Note: For the first time in the history of the San Mateo County Fair, a 300-page anthology has been published that includes more than 100 stories, poems and essays from writers who submitted award-winning work for the fair's literary contest. The idea was the brainchild of Bardi Rosman Koodrin, a San Bruno resident who runs the fair's literary contest, and the anthology, titled "Carry the Light," features work from many Peninsula writers.

This poem, which appears in the "Carry the Light" anthology, talks about one of the most difficult processes for people: writing.

From p. 75, "Pen to Paper"

At first you start off hesitant,

not sure of how to approach the obstacle ahead of you.

You feel the tension of your blood running,

your brain wondering, and your adrenaline rising.

It gets harder and harder until finally within a few shifting

motions, smooth gliding, and gentle touches,

it’s easier.

Emotions flow, things get heated.

You may laugh, cry, smile,

or just glow in the feeling of it all.

As things get easier they get faster,

perhaps they even get deeper.

Finally your brain stops wondering,

your adrenaline high fades, and blood flows gently.

All you’re left with is a smile on your face,

and a warm feeling inside.

Your heart is light

and a feeling of relief and relaxation takes over.

Excerpted from "Carry the Light" with the permission of Sand Hill Review Press, the publisher. The book is available for purchase for $12 on Amazon.com

Nadine Moreno was raised in South San Francisco and is a third generation Italian American. She is a mother to two boys and married to her middle school sweetheart. Nadine began writing at 10 years old and had not ever considered getting her writings published until the 2012 San Mateo County Fair came out with their anthology. Ever since then she has been even more motivated to get more writings done and to continue her dream job of being an author. Check out her blog at usermanualnotavailable.blogspot.com.

Megan Connery June 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Congratulations to my first favorite student! I'm so proud of you. You and your mom hold a special place in my heart.
Nadine Moreno June 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Awee! Thank you Megan - you've been my inspiration for so many things throughout life. :)
Dawn P. June 21, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Wow! Your mom is smiling in Heaven, Nay!!! Be so proud of yourself!!!
Bardi Rosman Koodrin July 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Hi Nadine, I didn't realize the fair was such a jumping off point for your dream of being a published writer. Keep going, you're a great writer!
Mimi Says June 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Awesome job Nadine! Super proud of you!


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