Poem and Story Of The Week and Inspiration Point

It's been a wonderful week on the site for life writing and I struggled to choose the Picks for this week. 

Among others, Jolono's beautiful 'Dad was Old School' (https://www.abctales.com/story/jolono/dad-was-old-school) and Elsie Katz's uncompromising 'Memories of Working In A Hostel...' (https://www.abctales.com/story/elsie-katz/2002-05-my-memories-working-ho...) will stay in my mind for a long time.  

In the end though, Story of the Week goes to Parson Thru's 'You, Me and Woody Guthrie'.  It's wise, beautifully written, and unsentimentally optimistic: 


Poem of the Week is another memoir - Philip Sidney's 'Southend 1976', with imagery so strong you can feel the sunburn and taste the sea:


Please do read all of them, if you haven't already.  They are all wonderful pieces of work.

Thanks to Jolono too for providing the inspiration for this week's Inspiration Point:  https://www.abctales.com/inspiration-point-ip