Someone to tell it to…

Several decades ago, the Australian movie My Brilliant Career debuted. I had just had my third child, was working full-time, and was taking graduate classes in counseling. I barely had time to think, but when the opportunity arose to go see this film I did, and it has lingered in my heart ever since.

The movie entranced me. It challenged me to think in ways I never had. In the story, the lead character chooses a career over a traditional marriage. She wanted to write. At the time, I had no interest or time to write, but this fictional young woman’s choice inspired me, even unsettled me. Maybe, someday, I would think, maybe someday.

The movie is based on Miles Franklin’s book by the same title.  I’ve not read the book, but I’m haunted by one of Franklin’s statements. She said, “someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”

A fundamental need? Like water or food or shelter?

Her statement seems a bit overblown and yet don’t we all hunger for understanding? For a friend who listens and meets us half-way? And if we are writers, for a reader who travels with us through the story?

Today, I finished reading Beem Weeks’ Strange HWY. This collection of short stories is simply extraordinary. It is writing at its best. Accompanying him through the pages, I recalled a poem I had written, for again I felt respect – honor – for the  storyteller. I think you will as well. 

18 thoughts on “Someone to tell it to…”

  1. I love when a good story stays with us. I completely agree about Beem’s short story collection. What an amazing poem for those story tellers who give us so much.

  2. Hello, Gwen. That quote from the movie/book, “someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” is so true. I see why it’s stayed with you through the years. Your poem is fantastic and inspiring. Thanks for the short review of Beem Weeks’ “Strange HWY” that paragraph says it all. 😀 xo

  3. Gwen, your poem is such a beautiful and inspiring piece of writing. Your words touched my heart. Thank you for mentioning my Strange Hwy. And thank you for your kind words. You brought tears to my eyes. I am grateful to call you my friend. God bless you in all you do and all you hold dear.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree with you about Beem Weeks’ “Strange Hwy!” And, I LOVE the poem. Yes, we all need someone to tell our stories to! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, Jan. I just saw the RRBC Awards video and I’m so excited that “Flowers and Stone” was selected as the Book of the Year. Congratulations, Jan! So deserving!! ♥

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