Monday, December 20, 2010

For Without a Reader

There was once a writer who had written no words for she had no words within her.
For without a reader to see her sadness there was nothing left to say

There once was a writer who didn't know she was until a listener encouraged her to talk
to open those pages and imagine what things inside her might spill out upon them
to breathe what was inside her very being onto the blank canvas of her dreams
And she did, that writer did.
For without a reader her words might never have been born.

There once was a writer whose dreams were short and her words unsteady on their feet, but there they were. On the page. Before her.
For without a reader those pages would have remained empty.

There once was a reader who began to build a little place to speak, a sentence placed here, a poem hung over there,
to give voice to the challenges that burned and the void inside that curdled
to reach out to those who might be like her; a writer, yet with no words of their own
And so she built. She stripped back and wove together.
For without a reader that building would remain unseen.

There once was a writer who finished her first book. Her dreams now longer. Long enough that her arms now wrapped not only around herself but around others. She is proud. And she is humbled.
For without you, my readers here, and all the many other readers in my life,  there might never have been anything left to say.


Thank you. To all my readers. To my first reader. To the man who reads with me.
May you all read if your read, and write if you write, for there is plenty that has been said. And plenty left to say.

Merry Christmas.

{I will be breaking for Christmas from now until the 3rd of January 2011.}


  1. Merry Christmas Tabitha. I'm proud of you too my boxing buddy. Keep your fists up, elbows in, and keep the words flowing.

  2. TB thank you for this post. I always am blessed to read what you have to say. Enjoy your Christmas holiday. Blessings.

  3. This was lovely. I can relate to this post - it sounds like you wrote it for me.

    Have a wonderful holiday break.

  4. very touching - and best of luck with the book.

  5. Happy Christmas Tabitha, it's is good to encourage people to speak or write as one may be missing a good book. Congratulations on yours.


  6. Wonderful post...
    Without readers...we would never have gained the confidence that we have in us now... :)

  7. What a beautiful write and OH so true. Without readers I definitely would have nothing to say. Thank you my reader.

    Merry Christmas and may it be a blessed one.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  8. Merry Christmas, Tab!

    Wishing you much writing success in 2011.

  9. Beautiful piece of writing. Makes me want to write and read at the same time. Okay, if you insist. I'll go write and read!
    Thanks for sharing...

  10. Tab, this is so beautiful. And so true. For me, too. Thank you for putting in to words what so many of us have struggled through.

    Have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New year! that rebel, Olivia

  11. And a Merry Christmas right back to you Tabitha! When you're a reader AND a writer you get to see the world from all angles. It truly is a fascinating place to play :-) See you in 2011!

  12. Merry Christmas, Tabitah. And you're right, without readers where would we be.

  13. Such beautiful words.
    There is plenty left indeed.
    Happy Christmas to you and yours.

  14. Merry Christmas, Tabitha!

    I can't wait to read your books one day!

  15. Lovely. Can't wait to read more of what you write.

  16. Merry Christmas, Tabitha (from one of your readers).

  17. Merry Christmas Tabitha! You've given us a gift of soul; these words; i felt them as i read... & wept. Thank You for speaking to the heart of what matters!
    We Do Love you...
    God Bless<3

  18. Merry Christmas, Tab! Please don't kickbox Santa!!

  19. Merry Christmas, Tabitha. Enjoy the holidays!

  20. you are so intelligent, and so eloquent. merry christmas from a new follower! x

  21. Gorgeous as usual! Merry Christmas my dear!!!!

  22. This is one reader who loves what you write. Merry Christmas and a most happy new year.

  23. Woohoo for readers and pages and for the ultimate Word! Merry Christmas.

  24. Thank you for being one of my readers! Merry Christmas Tab. Wishing you all joy.

  25. Beautiful!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  26. passez un bon fétes de fin d'année.

  27. That's beautiful and the sandcastle is amazing too. HAPPY CHRISTMAS :O)

  28. Beautiful words, paired with a thoughtful picture. Thanks, Tabitha, for all your "you-ness" this year and always.

    Merry Christmas, girl.

  29. Merry Christmas. Thanks for your words.

  30. Thank you for your beautiful blog. Have a wonderful 2011 with lots of good luck!

  31. Wow. Did you end the blogging season with a fireworks display.

    How beautiful.
    Hope I get to read that baby...sooner rather than later.

    Merry Christmas, dear one.

  32. wonderful!
    have a richly deserved holiday with lots of love, books and walks.

  33. once my teacher says in literature class''reader gives birth to writer''

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  35. To You whose words carry the beauty of Life.
    To You whose heart overflows with abundance.
    i send you all my warmest Christmas wishes!

    A merry Merry Christmas to You and your loved ones!

  36. Happy holidays to you Tabitha! Wonderful poem!

  37. Just dropped by to wish you a Happy New Year.

  38. When you'll be back i want you to find these words.....

    Tabitha Bird,
    i thankyou for a thousand million reasons....

    You've been who you are through your writings, true as a writer, true as a person.

    When i began my blog i was kind of mending myself,
    then, you came - a blue butterfly with a piece of the sky.
    A human angel - an angel human!

    You shared with me
    that which was joyful, sad...your rich experience of daily life!

    Thankyou for making me a part of it!

    i wish your wings will take your higher and higher to yourself.

    A very happy new year to you§

    many many hugs!

  39. Lovely words as always. I hope your holidays were wonderful and that the new year brings you many dreams fulfilled.