Thank You, Dear Layla Writing Class, Spring 2016

by Mark Chmiel

Dear Friends

Thank you for coming to Tower Grove Place
Thank you for listening week after week
Thank you for becoming acquainted with each other
Thank you for meeting up with me, like at Kaldi’s on DeMun
Thank you for making laughter and insight and merriment and for facing woe and affliction
Thank you Patrick and Matthew for Ganesha and the WORLD on the wall and an abundance of Gemütlichkeit
Thank you for reading even two lines of Dear Layla Welcome to Palestine
Thank you first-timers for giving this a go
Thank you old-timers for hanging out again
Thank you for conversations here and around Saint Louis
Thank you for entering into writing silence
Thank you for sharing brilliant pieces (you know who you are)
Thank you for not sharing some pieces, privacy is important
Thank you for keeping it real by giving us snapshots of your one and only life
Thank you for your ambition and your modesty
Thank you for sharing your tears with me
Thank you for yawning
Thank you for your light-heartedness
Thank you for your gravitas
Thank you for teasing me
Thank you for asking advice
Thank you for showing up, saying yes, and enjoying the ride

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