31 Jul, 2011

last morning at macondo…

Sehba Sarwar
31 Jul, 2011

Sehba SarwarAs always, Macondo is a rich gathering with old and new friends. Throughout the week, we are inspired by readings and talks with Julia Alvarez, Naomi Shihab Nye, Esmeralda Santiago, Helena Maria Viramontes—and of course, Sandra Cisneros.

On Saturday morning, I walk past the ducks that squat along the banks of the Elmendorf Lake at Our Lady of the Lake university campus. I drive away, remembering Naomi’s words – “give back fearlessly” – and Julia’s advice that I will hold close to my heart—till next time: “Stay in the storm; stay one sentence ahead of the furies…