This Week in DFABW – Slice of Life

13 September 2022

After Irene Latham and Charles Waters

Life is an open question,
the way to learn anything new
unbreakable, unshakable support
from allies who help us belong
our hearts stay open
that’s the key

I got this
we got this
now we hope
all travelers are welcome
on this courageous quest

I neglected to read Dictionary for a Better World this week, but I spent some time this morning reading the six pages I missed last week. The poem above was put together by quotes (in italics) from Irene Latham and Charles Waters on the pages about Ally, Courage, Open, Hope, Belonging, and Question.

Here’s the latest on my kitchen. This side is almost finished. We worked on the pantry doors today, on the near left of the photo. (We have to wait for the new counter on the sink side.)


During each day in the months of August and September, I am responding to a different word from Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. This week’s words were Ally, Courage, Open, Hope, Belonging, and Question. A small group of people wanting to make the world a better place are reading and responding together. Join us! Visit Common Threads: Patchwork Prose and Verse by Kim Haynes Johnson for more information. Here is the word list I’ll be following for August and September.

4 thoughts on “This Week in DFABW – Slice of Life

  1. The kitchen is looking good, Denise. I’m glad you’re sharing updates. I slacked on DFABW, too. I need to jump back in. I suspect I’ll need another month or two to finish, however. I saw a segment on The Eleventh Hour about questioning where the high priced lawyers are, those not rushing to decent Orangey. It’s a good question, a reminder, like your poem, about how important questions are to our understanding.

  2. Something about the juxaposition of a poem and then a kitchen renovation says lots about you. Despite ….still read and write poetry! Inspired by you!

  3. I especially like the line “all travelers are welcome”–inclusion seems to be what we are fighting for, again, these days. Good luck on the rest of the kitchen renovation!

  4. Denise, your creativity in taking lines from each of the word poems and putting them all together in a poem entitled Life adds such sparkle – – yes, all of these words are life, and I agree with what Chris said – all travelers are welcome is a beautiful line. We are, after all, just travelers through this life. Your kitchen is coming along beautifully, and what a great feeling it must be to have such a hand in giving it new life.

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