18th August 2018 – Come Sit With Me – In the Go Dog Go Tree Top Café

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Come sit with me and let us chat a while. It’s been a hectic week at the café, let me tell you why.

When you step into a café what’s the first thing you do? Do you get your favourite brew? Or do you study the menu?

What’s on the menu at GDG?

  1. Promote Yourself Monday – party on a Monday!
  2. Tuesday Writing Prompt –    unleash your creativity
  3. Pay It Forward Thursday –    time for some love and kindness

We had a party on Monday, it was the best! It was Promote Yourself Monday (PYM) and everyone submits a link to their own writing. Follow the guidelines in the prompt. This week I am so blessed to make new connections with some really creative writers. But it was also good to see old friends post their wonderful writing.

Mandibelle, my beautiful friend and very talented Barista presented her modern sonnet; Mandi did something really exciting with music and words here, your spirit will soar from reading her words.

Tuesday Writing Prompt (TWP) currently hosted by Beth and Devereaux, is a quick 10-15 minute write. So be spontaneous, use brevity to convey joy, sadness or laughter, the prompt is your creative playground on Tuesday. This week the phrase was “smoke on the water”. The writers contributed haikus, rhyming verse and even a narrative on Native Americans. There were some with humour, a very smoky one by Stephen and then the one that was very heartfelt and mystical of two souls meeting on the water from Linda.

Things get very exciting when Pay It Forward Thursday (PIFT) opens for submissions of links to posts you have read that has touched you and you want to share with everyone at the café. Give someone some love and tell us why you think their post was amazing! Love shared is love doubled! This week’s offering was stellar.  I wish I could write about it here but it would be just too much! 15 pieces of outstanding writing you must read to feel the heart beat of the cafe.

Would you like an adventure now or shall we have tea first?

~ Alice in Wonderland

I think I will have tea today, strong aromatic Punjabi Tea, a personal favourite especially on muggy equatorial afternoons when conversation is the only thing to do.

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favourite tea, Punjabi Tea, warm sweetness and spice

Our dear Megha has more published work and I’d like to take a moment to say how I admire all her achievements, she continues to write and produce poetry that has depth and vision.

Lots more on offer at the GDG but this week I wanted to highlight those specials to you! These are the GDG features that allow you to showcase your writing and appreciate the works from others, a place to meet new writers and poets and artists.

WELCOME NEW BARISTAS!

Before I make my way around the café and greet the friendly Baristas, I would like to introduce 3 new additions and one much deserved promotion. Please welcome Abbey, Michelle and Reena and congratulate Devereaux!

Spare a moment and read GDG Founder Stephen’s welcome message here.

At the GDG your Baristas present an interesting mix of words and thoughts, brewed from the finest from around the world, from the States to the Far East till right Down Under, we have something for everyone’s flavor. Not forgetting those across the Pond, where the accent is lovely and her people too, then swing over to the subcontinent on the deep blue Andaman Sea, we do have something for everybody.

MICHAEL @ INK OWL ME

My first stop is at Michael’s corner in the cafe, he will be embarking on a new career and I read his story here and here. I’ll let Michael tell you in his own words; words that I can relate to and a journey I know we all wish we could take too. That journey towards our dreams no matter how scary it may seem. I appreciated Michael’s candour about what has shaped his writing and given him strength to go on writing. Thank you for willing to share your story to inspire others.

Freedom lies in being bold – Robert Frost

ERIC @ EDC WRITING

“Sam and Erin’s” story continues. Last week they seemed to be getting closer to meeting then this week something happens in their online world that leaves me anxious for the next part. This is not just a one-dimensional banter. It’s a very modern love story and I am hoping for a happy ending, because it’s really brilliant how Eric navigates both feminine and masculine feelings in his story (well he says it’s their story!). Drop in and take a look.

There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

CHARLES @ THE RELUCTANT POET

Charles is a great promoter of writing across WordPress, I like to sit at his table, it’s always warm and cosy, a lot of posts are re-posted on his blog and writers edified for their beautiful work. Charles writes some of the loveliest poetry, simple words but always from the heart, romantic love poetry that makes me feel soft and dreamy but this week’s share at the GDG was a little edgy, about a restless heart, selfishness and choices a person makes that affects others. Read Charles’ Something Better and feel the emotional turmoil. He is very good!

And now that you don’t have to be perfect you can be good ~ John Steinbeck

Many times we feel we must tweak or rewrite our poems or stories and try to achieve perfection, so I like the Steinbeck quote above. I can relate it to writing, when we don’t have to be perfect, then we can be good, I think good is so much better than perfect, if we were perfect it would be like a one hit wonder and we never write another good piece again.

You should write because you like the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading and reading is the finest teacher of how to write – Annie Proulx – author – Postcards, The Shipping News, Brokeback Mountain

A reading, thinking writer writes better. I like Annie Proulx’s quote, it strengthens my belief that we must read to write. So we need words to inspire words. One word prompts or phrases can be very good at bringing out a poem or story.

I look over Stephen’s shoulder and he is writing in his new category on the GDG menu – Crazy Writing Thoughts – he lists down some prompts we can follow and will be sharing more. Don’t forget to check back, Stephen has such a generous heart sharing his knowledge.

Then I sit with Eugenia, she posts prompts on her blog BrewNSpew, she invites you “to join our talented community and challenge yourselves by writing your own poetry using the weekly featured word”. I love the energy she creates!

The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty

~ John Steinbeck

I do not know what that means but I like how it sounds! How many times you come across phrases like that or even poetry that sounds so amazing but you don’t understand it but it makes you stop and think? Maybe we need to find out why we read poetry?

WHY WE READ POETRY?

In a study published in 2013 in Journal of Consciousness Studies, researchers at the UK’s University of Exeter had participants lay inside an fMRI scanner while they read various texts on a screen. The research suggests (among other findings) that reading or listening to poetry is useful for something besides just rousing our emotions and elevating our souls. The same mental skills that we exercise in struggling to understand T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock “ — i.e., flexible thinking and the ability to ponder multiple meanings — also help us to navigate unpredictable events and make choices in our everyday lives.

How cool is that?! Functional MRI and looking into the heart through the brain, I could not contain my excitement! It was my working life and writing passion colliding majestically!

Another equally interesting study made some heart-warming conclusions. An excerpt of that study say……Reading poetry helps us chill out and figure ourselves out. Researchers found that it stimulates the parts of the brain linked to our resting states, the posterior cingulate cortex and medial temporal lobes. Those are part of a network of brain regions that are active when someone is just sitting and relaxing, and have also been linked to introspection.

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper ~ W.B Yeats

So what do we challenge ourselves with this week? When we read poetry and look into ourselves what do we discover? What magical things will we see when our senses grow sharper?

At my poetry open mic one of the poets suggested we all have a poem introducing ourselves. That idea was quite appealing and so I wrote one. I will be sharing it on the GDG this coming week, as I wait for yours.

I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be stilled

~ Sylvia Plath

I end with a these powerful lines from Christine’s poem Dissolution about a writer losing her voice, it resonated with me because I had lost mine for a while.

…….words
some days my savior
some days my hell
dissolve into
fragmented
syllables and
lonely letters
that I cannot
reassemble back
into meaningful
wholes…….

Write your poem about you, it could be a story waiting to be told or a song to be sung, write BECAUSE you must! (pingback to this post and I will feature it on the GDG)

And with that I am posting this a day early and off on my holiday, to play in the sand dunes and be inspired in that place only my heart remembers.

Have an amazing weekend my friends!

Hope & Light

Gina@Singledust

43 thoughts on “18th August 2018 – Come Sit With Me – In the Go Dog Go Tree Top Café

  1. Where do you get your energy! Have a great holiday Gina. I’ve just come back from one and last night booked another for September – and as for ‘Their Story’ it is! I wouldn’t have had Sam’s patience with someone quite as complicated as Erin… I can sense you out there going – hmm – I’m not convincing you am I!/? Eric.

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    • Thank you Eric. I am looking forward to the holiday. My energy comes from all of you! I hope that was a good holiday you just had. It was by the sea I recall. You are a saint! Sam would have blocked Erin long ago if not for you!

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  2. Gina, such a wonderful read! I really like the way you gently draw the reader in and walk around the cafe, introducing amazing baristas with warmth and insights into their writing styles.
    Love it and look forward to your weekly write ups.

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  3. Oh Gina..this whole post is a treasure trove and reading it feels like actually sitting down in the cafe and listening to all the wonderful things happening in the cafe and also the amazing surveys and quotes you have shared with us,I’m so happy I finally got the time to read the “Come sit with me”.Thanks for the mention and thanks for curating the works of the baristas in such a concise and elegant way.
    I loved the way you have mentioned the quotes of the poets neatly tucked in between the paras.
    I can go on and on about this, all I can say that you have done a fabulous job with this series that you are hosting and yes before I forget I’ll try to write a poem about me and will create a pingback to this post.
    Enjoy your vacation and come back soon. Love and hugs from all the baristas and readers of GDG.

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  4. OMG, Gina!!! This was a Stunningly Amazing Post! I just loved every bit of it!! Especially, your insights and quotes and those from John Steinbeck most of all! I think you’ve moved me to check out his quotes!! I so loved the way you introduced the Baristas, and thank you so much for your sweet mention!!! As always, you are too kind to this Little Ol’ Poet!!! You made my day and tomorrow too! Ha! Bellissimo, Gina, Bellissimo!
    xoxoxo

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    • This pleases me very much. I liked your poem as it had a lot of truth in it and was very proud to share it here. My words are inspired by all of you who write brilliantly, I am so happy to be here at the cafe with all of you and enjoy this little ramble every week! Yes Steinbeck is quite spot on with a lot of his words, I don’t always understand but am very attracted to masculine strength in writing. you are certainly not a Little Ol” Poet! you have an amazing capacity to give meaning to love and generosity of spirit.

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      • Ha! Well, I so love the way you make me laugh!!! I’ll grant you your “My Little Lines” and you can grant me my “Little Ol’ Poet”??? Mine is more truth than yours since October will make me three score and ten while your lines maybe little in number they are so powerful, romantic and delightful in the way they speak to us and touch our hearts!! A truly Super post!!!
        xoxoxo

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      • Ha! You are too sweet, My Dear but I sent those boxes of Gold Stars to you to use across your ceiling, the manufacturer told me they worked like “blue light” when you turn off the light so they look like shining stars at nigh!!! The fact that wish to send them makes me happy enough and makes my week!!!

        This was a really super piece and I know you did a lot of work and research to put it together! I can’t tell you how much I and others appreciate having you back to do this! It truly makes the Cafe a much more cozy and inviting place to be.
        xoxoxo

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  7. Trishanku

    I have grown.
    My brain inflating beyond faces past,
    Dwarfing black bodies of minds,
    Maruti swallows the Sun.
    Millions of lives go down my throat,
    Millions more I create-
    Fruits of my futile fertility,
    Tasting of familiarity, like
    A gifted shirt I grew out of, but never threw away.
    Stretching my hands to the skies,
    I refuse to uproot my feet
    Sunk in the sacred soil of Malegaon.

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