Hi! I'm Kimberly, aka K.Lily. I live in Western Colorado where the winters are long and dry and the summers are short and extremely hot. There is desert beauty here as well as mountain, forest and river. Although I have lived in several different states, and a short time in Okinawa, I am a native of Colorado and have spent most of my life here.
Growing up on the Eastern Slope of Colorado, I learned to love the flat expanse of the plains with long hot summer nights and stunning views of the sun setting low on the horizon.
In my early teens my family moved to the Western Slope where I fell equally in love with the Aspen trees and clear streams of the mountains.
I was inspired by the magic of words as a young woman, but got caught up in the chaos of life, career and family for years, finally returning to writing recently. I have always made sense of the world through comparison and metaphor, so when I was ready to let my creativity emerge, poetry was a natural avenue for me. I never aspired to be a writer, but I am finding that I really enjoy the process of writing in my journal and exploring ideas on paper.
Butterflies have shown up in my life in many ways, including one named Spot, who lived with me for brief part of one winter. You can read about it here.
When I was a child, one of my favorite things to do was to put a dot of jam on my finger, stand in the center of the flower garden with my finger held high, and feed the butterflies.
The butterfly metaphor, for both change and effect, has always felt relatable to me, but instead of a single chrysalis story, I feel as if I have returned to the cocoon and had to reemerge many times in my life. You will find hints of this in my writing.
I find inspiration in nature, everyday life, philosophy and mystery. I look for magic in the ordinary, but as a writer, I also have a tendency to lean toward the morose. I process my thoughts and experiences through journaling, and therein I often find the fragments of an idea to turn into poetry.
I challenged myself to write a poem a day and post my writing on Instagram just over a year and a half ago, and it has opened a whole new chapter in my life.