Outside the window

the fall glared inside

as the gathering of bodies

exercised on the pages

their thoughts to rhymes,

words, beats, tempos.

The glare was unimaginable

as they too listened

and joined in the inspiration of the

solemn moment of words, trees, beats, seats,

listening ears taken off their feet.

O. Stephen Peart. 2020 © All rights reserved.


About the Poem

It was my first day in training as a facilitator for the Toronto Writers Collective (TWC). I was captivated by the view through the window and the early signs of fall. It felt like the outside was joining us on the inside. That was back in September.

Today, at our appreciation event for all it’s facilitators, in the usually TWC style we were given a prompt to write to. The prompt was to write on the most memorable session we’ve had with the TWC. Mine was my first day of training as I visualized outside coming inside. This piece is part of the Defining Moments Series. A production of Released Expressions.


O. Stephen is passionate about words and believes that words can Inspire Change, Connect People, Perspectives and their Stories to create new possibilities. A published author through his company Released Expressions Media. He writes daily to experience the power of the written word. He fosters growth through listening and learning to shape perspectives and bridge ideas.

He believes every individual can attain their full potential by Starting with a Word. O. Stephen is leading a movement to inspire people to Release their own Expressions. It is this vision that drives him daily to see others realize their superpower and deliver at work, home and play every day.

An avid Toastmaster and a member of the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC), O. Stephen carries his badge as a Mental Health Advocate. These offer him the motivation to stay grounded and be committed to serving the community. He is a dad to two (2) children. He is driven each day to live a life of gratitude and that’s just how he seeks to end each chapter.

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