Who among us hasn’t spent some moments reading Rilke’s ”Letters to a Young Poet,” either in book or quotation form? One message there is that the young look to us for guidance, mentoring, and the meaning of life experience.

This week we present one such young poet, Abigail Flynn, who has recently taken the leap of moving from the east coast to Austin, Texas — for love and adventure. We like to think the terrific women of another generation who have been part of Abby’s life since birth get some credit for the revelation she had just before leaving. We believe they did.


After High Tide
Like a child’s toy
buzzing through the waters
of a plastic pool
the little plane swims along
its engines unfolding
a creamy wash across the

The delicate percussion
of the flags’ flapping corners
is warm and liquid
over the cymbal beat of the

And everything that once
terrified you
seems to have come
and gone away.


Abigail Flynn is a writer, thinker, actor, singer, and woman wise beyond her years. She has just wrapped up a career guiding the web presence of a “major player” in the modern landscape of entrepreneurial enterprise and is embarking on discovering her next creative outlet or the stage for those she already has mastered.  She lives in Austin, Texas.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. October 17, 2011 at 7:55 am

    This poet speaks with the wisdom of a woman twice her age.

    I will never forget these lines:

    “And everything that once
    terrified you
    seems to have come
    and gone away.”

  • Bart Gullong October 16, 2011 at 11:53 am


    What incredible perspective, economy of words and flow….beautifully done!