Typing on my tiny typewriter,
I’m an incorrigible plotter.
Color splashes onto the page,
Green, coral, orange, and beige.
A story burns in my heart,
Tearing my soul apart.
My story grows from a small seed—
I wonder where it might lead.
It grows higher, taller, stronger.
I can’t hold it in any longer.
Let it grow! Let it grow!
Let the current flow!
I toss all my dreams into the deep-blue sea,
Expecting to create waves like a tsunami,
Rippling emotions throughout the earth,
Triggering sorrow, joy, and mirth.
But instead, plunk!
And boy, it sunk.
I throw it in time after time,
Until all my hopes are coated in slime.
I trudge home muddied, tired, and sore,
Feeling as if nothing matters anymore.
I stash away my pencil, paper, and pen,
Vowing never to touch them again.
My rejection becomes dejection,
But God turns that into a redirection.
I realize He didn’t give me hands and feet
For collapsing onto a pillow in defeat.
Instead of saying goodbye,
I decide to say, “Try.”
Remembering the biggest dreams start small,
I’ll get up no matter how many times I fall.
Mariposa Aristeo is a writer of quirky characters and fantastical adventures filled with heart, humor, hope, and, very often, dinosaurs. If you can’t find her in one of her own imaginary worlds, try combing the pages of a great middle-grade fantasy novel.
At Story Embers, igniting (and sometimes imploding) ideas is her favorite pastime, so she often uses her creativity to make graphics for articles and writing quotes, as well as implement new strategies for SE’s social media channels. Explosions aside, she loves getting to know each and every writer here at SE by running the popular #embersgram hashtag on Instagram and responding to your questions and emails.
Besides being a co-owner of Story Embers, Mariposa is a member of ACFW, a children’s book illustrator, and the host of the IGTV series #middlegrademagicwithmari. You can check out her book recommendations (and shenanigans) on her Instagram page or her character sketches on her art account.