May 25, 2022

You'll find me in my Words - Gloria Guest

The first poem I wrote was at the age of seven for my father. I poured out my love for him in my attempt at a father’s day card. When I was eight I wrote a poem for my mother. It was something about her smiling face, cheerful ways, helping me with my weed collection (ha-ha), and how to ‘housewife’ when I grew up. Those two poems were the buds from which my love for writing would grow. From there I wrote short stories for my language classes throughout school and learned that I loved to write. Finding my voice through writing made my heart sing.

In grade twelve, I wrote a story for a competition that centred on a small town in Saskatchewan. It was a fictional story but contained elements of my experience of living there for a few weeks when I was a young teenager. I was surprised when I placed first in Alberta for my entry. Looking back though, I think I can see what the judges saw. I had stepped into the pages of that story with all of my vulnerabilities and teenage angst shining forth. I had been unceremoniously ‘transplanted’ from a serene, quaint, southern Ontario town with all the amenities that I was used to, to a middle of nowhere, dusty hamlet on the prairies, and to make it even more absurd to a soon to be fourteen year old, our house had no indoor plumbing! I was convinced that I had stepped into a time warp and was never coming out! Yet, without writing about those actual horrors, you can feel them hanging in the lines between the story. I’m walking between my words; my transplanted yet refusing to be rooted soul.

As an adult I took on the role of reporter for a local newspaper, a dream I'd had since I'd graduated. I loved all aspects of it, especially the building of a story from the interviews that I did. I also wrote lifestyle columns for various newspapers where I had free reign to play out parts of myself, sharing every day, yet thought-provoking pieces, usually with snippets of humour woven in. I revelled in writing those columns and when someone mentioned something I’d said, my heart sang a song of happiness.

I write poetry still. I’ve found it a lovely and practical tool to express some of my deepest thoughts, hurts and experiences from my life. Each word has to be carefully crafted to mean something and earn its spot. In the process, one has to pay close attention to the carriage of emotions, and how to translate them best. It may look simple on a scrap of paper, sparsely typed in four or five stanzas but it’s a carving out of the heart for me. When I finally sit back, the rythm of the poem is played back for me, like a song. 

I also write memoir. It’s in this genre that I journey back into my past, gaining new perspectives, and mining areas of my life that I’d never seen before for new insight; it’s where I grow the most as a person and as a writer. It’s also here that vulnerability becomes so important; there is no well-written memoir without an exposing of one’s soul. And it’s an invitation; in the hopes of being a little more known and helping my reader to get to know themselves just a little more too.

My heart can be found in all of my writing in some way or fashion. And I’m grateful for each reader who meanders with me through my pathway of words.


Gloria writes from Caron, Sk; a small hamlet on the prairies. Along with many published articles andcolumns in various newspapers, she enjoys writing fiction, creative-non fiction, poetry and memoir. Currently she is working on a small poetry booklet about Saskatchewan, along with taking editing classes from Simon Fraser University.


  1. Dear Gloria, thank you for sharing your intriguing writing journey with us. What a gift that you were able to write for a newspaper. This was a perfect opportunity for you to develop your writing voice. Yes, I do find you in your words. Like you, your words are warm, welcoming, and engaging.
    Blessings as you continue to create paths for readers to enjoy ~ Wendy Mac

  2. Thank you, Gloria for sharing your writing journey. It's always interesting to read of how writers discovered and honed their gift. The very best writing reveals the author as well as the story, as this post has done.

  3. I enjoyed hearing about your writing journey, Gloria!

  4. Your post reminds me of my sudden transition from freedom in Fort Saskatchewan to captivity in Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. What a shock it was to be in such an unhome-like atmosphere. I wrote my memoir about that experience but it didn't sell. It did help me deal with the damage done to my soul.

  5. I loved reading about your writing journey, Gloria, and how you came to realize that writing made your heart sing. Your love for writing certainly sings through the words in your post. Thank you!

  6. Your heart can indeed be found in your writing. It’s one of the things I appreciate, your honesty, vulnerability and courage. Thanks, Gloria.

  7. I love the rhythm in your writing Gloria. This reads almost like a poem - no wonder you like writing poetry. ❤️

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  9. Thanks for sharing your writing journey with us, Gloria. It helped me get to know you a little more! Blessings as you continue your journey.


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