“It sounds like a pie.”

That’s what my mentee said when I told her about the Slice of Life Story Challenge, “Slice of Life. It sounds like a pie.” We were sitting in our regular place — a coffee shop a few blocks from my job. I had my regular drink — a large chai latte — and we had already spent at least 30 minutes laughing and talking and were settling down to write. At first I suggested we try a poem, since I have National Poetry Month on my mind. Then I thought I should tell her about the SOL challenge, and off we went: sitting across a blond wood table, surrounded by the music and buzz of the place, heads down, writing. My favorite part of Tuesday is that, right there.

Write —
dreams, rage,
forgiveness —
all the right words
all the wrong ones, too.
But —
Write. Write!
Words flowing.
It’s all you have,
all you really know.
And breathe.
This is it:
your own music,
your heart on the page.

Ha! A poem in spite of myself. The first attempt at an arun in more than two years!


An Arun: a fifteen-line poem in three sets of five lines. Each set of five lines follows the same syllable structure: starting with one syllable and increasing by one (1/2/3/4/5 — 3x).

It’s the 10th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Head over to Two Writing Teachers to see all of today’s slices


16 thoughts on ““It sounds like a pie.”

  1. I’ve never heard of an arun, so thank you! Can’t wait to try. And as a former Mentor Program coordinator for my district, I LOVE that you spend time with your mentee like that and encouraged him/her to slice with you!


    1. Tonight’s post is all about where aruns came from. I hope you’ll try your hand at one … and please share or link here if you do, as I’d love to read it!

      I’m a writing mentor with a program here called Girls Write Now. I love it. Sophia, my mentee, is the second young woman I’ve worked with through GWN, and she is wonderful. We have so much fun together. I was so nervous to become a mentor, but it’s been such a great experience … I hope for my mentees, too! 😉


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