Featured Writer La’Drina Sweeney

I really enjoyed being a part of the workshops! Meeting new people and listening to their stories in their writings each week

—La’Drina Sweeney

La’Drina Sweeney participated in our Spring 2018 workshop at Rose CDC, Lents Village Apartments for seniors living in affordable housing. Her uplifting poem below, “At the Beach,” was published in our anthology, A Wonder I Can Hold

Pictured: La’Drina (right) with her daughter at Raise Your Pen in 2018. Photo by Stuart Gaston.

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La'Drina Sweeney

At the Beach

     This is the placewhere I like to go and get away
     from city life
     It seems that when driving down
the freeway, and the sign informs
     me “ocean beaches,” things
     start to lift; even stuff I didn’t
realize I was carrying.
     At the beach, it’s like the
ocean speaks, the air wraps around
     me saying “stay awhile, take
     deep breaths…let it go” 

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