Above is a painting of Phyllis Wheatley. She was born in West Africa and wrote and published poetry while she was a slave to the Wheatley family. She used word-images of the Sun many times, a reference to the African religion she left behind. If she could write and keep writing even while working as a scullery maid after emancipation, what can we not do with our freedom and relative comfort? Write like your life depends on it. Because your life does–the life you want!