Writing the Distance: Michele (Shelly) Burdette-Taylor

The Covid 19 pandemic is isolating Alaskan writers. We can no longer attend workshops or public readings. The coffee bars where we met with other writers are closed. To bridge these physical gaps, 49 Writers is providing this on-line forum for Alaskans writing the distance. Today, Shelly Burette-Taylor provides a poem and photograph.

We will always be hungry, we will always want.
Our bodies and minds will always crave something.
What do you crave? What do you want?
World Peace as Sandra Bullock so vividly expressed in Miss Congeniality.
Health care for all.
Less vulnerable populations.
Obvious social justice, less inequities.
Greater natural joy.
Appreciation of nature.
Love of animals, all.
Bullying put in check.
Elimination of unnecessary suffering, especially of our mental health individuals.
Benevolence, kindness, compassion, generosity.
Greater good for the greatest number of people.
Adequate faculty to facilitate success of extraordinary aspiring students.
Time, management, thoughtful but deliberate actions.
Elimination of “burn out’ among front line workers.
JOY, more joy, more joy and more joy.
Therapeutic foot care with massage for every single elder older person.
Boundless unique life – experiencing opportunities.
Travel worldwide to learn, learn, and learn some more.
Tolerance of color, religion, race, social status, hierarchy, employment, education.
Love for ourselves and neighbors.
GREAT FOOD and DRINK; Clean Water. Is what we crave. Is what we want.


Michele (Shelly) Burdette-Taylor is a nurse, professor, writer, and mother of three children. She has two grandkids and three granddogs. A resident of Anchorage, she loves photography, biking, and live theater.

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