This poem reminded Nancy's daughter Kate of the solitude Nancy needed to write her books.
Solitude, from Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood
Do not be afraid to embrace the arms
Do not be concerned with the thorns
Why worry that you will miss something?
Learn to be at home with yourself
without a hand to hold.
Learn to endure isolation
with only the stars for friends.
comes from understanding unity.
arrives on the footprints of your fear.
arises from the ashes of despair.
brings the clarity of still waters.
completes the circle of your dreams.