The DreamWriters

Ever since I was in high school, 
the crows called me as their own
Guarding me, a reassuring presence
Not long after
A fight with a friend
And my first flirtation
with Self-Harm
He walked in 
A guardian angel
in a wool sweater
Assuring me that 
there was no need
to take the anger
out on myself
And not long after, 
his girlfriend
the one who chose freely
to take the anger for a time

More walkins came 
over the next few years, 
but we stayed fairly small
Until college
that’s when we had twelve new walkins
and a natural split that forked into seven

Among them, Corvus, who took his 
name from the Ravens and taught us
why the crows had claimed us in high school
That while they tend to be spirits of death and pain
There’s a lot of powerful change involved
especially in learning to bridge their gaps
and see the silver lining of hope and faith
Our purpose: to be the spirit that reflected 
in Corvus’s two-toned wings: 
black with silver 
and off-white with gold.

From there we took the name Dreamers United
Vowing to wake up and help out
To build that bridge of hope
Within and without

Years later,
and many more walkins
We shifted…
after discovering a program
based in Recovery, giving us a home
to come into our own just like our
favorite Harry Potter character
Learning the gift of Reiki
from a kind Master
And discovering from a creative friend
That we have a knack for 
bridging resources and people

Still using Dreamers as a personal name
We chose a new name,
DreamWriters, 
to be the professional alter ego,
to show that
In our united front,
instead of merely just dreaming
we’re choosing to write our dreams
into reality, to continue to be
that bridge of hope

To encourage others
To heal
and share their stories

Name: Emma Hryniewicz
Alterego: The DreamWriters
Motivation: Be the bridge of hope to encourage ALL THE STORIES.
Qualities: Expert [+4] Writer, Expert [+4] Motivator, Good [+2] Healer, Good [+2] Soup & Nary Connections, Average [0] Plural System, Average [0] Activist, Poor [-2] Softspoken Poor [-2] Wallflower 
Powers: Good [+2] Reiki Healer, Good [+2] Word of Mouth

This was written for 2 reasons, (1) a facebook/medium colleague assigned the writing assignment “You’re a superhero. What’s your origin story?” in Dec 2016, and (2) it was also written for a “Where I’m From” prompt for the LiveJournal Writing Competition The Real LJ Idol Season 10 Week 7.