MOOC 5: Finding Pivotal Moments

I found myself flagging for the fifth assignment. I hit an over-the-top busy period in my life and felt rushed in all areas. Writing was not a pleasure, at this time, but had sank to the level of obligation. But, I persisted. Sometimes the muse needs a little shove.

The week five assignment centered around transformation, something that was on my mind. I was considering changing directions myself. Too many tasks were starting to assault me. Change was needed.

I’m not sure I followed the assignment to the letter, but I did complete it for better or worse. Here was the assignment:

Pick a remembered moment of transformation. This can be a moment from your personal history; or it can be a moment from the history of your community or from our shared global history. Choose a moment of true, significant change: a moment when your life changed forever; a moment when you saw another person change forever; a moment when you watched a community or country world change forever. Write a two-part poem or a pair of scenes about the “before” and the “after” of this event.

And here was my poem, loosely based on the assignment.

The Key

You can read the rest of my MOOC assignments here:

MOOC 1: Unfelt Flames of Kate Leone

MOOC 2: The Match

MOOC 3: A Trio of Pantuoms

MOOC 4: Breaking It Up


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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