What an absolutely fabulous week at the Cafe! I almost did not make it to my real job some mornings as I read and posted and re-blogged and did all that fun stuff that comes with belonging to a community of writers.
Promote Yourself Monday saw the favourite regulars posting and we welcomed some new writers too. Well done everyone!
Pay It Forward Thursday had more traffic than usual making it quite festive at the cafe. Thank you to all who participated and shared!
This won’t be a lengthy chat with you as I am redirecting you to the poems I received from my call out last week to write and share a poem about yourself.
I had a total blast re-blogging all the submissions and I am grateful to all of you for reading and commenting on those “share with me poems”!!
I am overwhelmed by the response! What started as a fun challenge became something much deeper. It drew writers from different backgrounds and cultures to look into themselves and share more than is seen on the surface, more than what lies between their skins.
I thank each and every one for taking the time to write the poem that introduces you to the world. We stain the earth only when we live and I am so privileged and blessed to have a glimpse into the amazing lives you live.
Please take the time and come sit with me and these poems and feel the energy of these souls.
These are poems of survival, of unselfish love, of wanting the world to be a better place by being better themselves first.
I am creating a new category at the GDG called “Introduction Poems” to archive these poems, so you are proudly published here at the GDG! I hope you will visit these poems at your leisure and recognise the abundance of talent and the wonder of the human spirit I have discovered in this community. Submissions continue to come in! Again, thank you!
I have book club this weekend, we read Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, my selection and a favourite book. I am very excited to hear the responses and discussion to questions we will raise. I will tell you all about it next week! I hear there’s wine and cheese after the discussion. That makes me happy!
Then we will attend a wedding, of a man who lost his way through drug addiction, now returned to his family and his faith and marrying for the second time, we are celebrating his life, celebrating his family’s gift of a gorgeous new daughter-in-law, really just celebrating victory in trying times. I am joyful because even as I am missing my beautiful son, life still goes on and it is a good life. He was my gift for a time. This makes me happy too.
So ponder this….if there was one gift you could give to someone what would that be? The gift of friendship, the gift of a smile or the gift of warm baked bread? What is your talent besides writing that would make someone happy if they were sad. If it is story telling then write me that story, if it’s baking tell me when it made someone so happy they told you so. If it was singing off key but so spontaneously tell me how it made them feel after? Tell me how you made someone happy.
Write a poem or a story under 100 words and let’s spread joy next week!
Write about your gift of happiness to someone.
I do ask a lot of questions don’t I, but it is because I want to get to know you better.
Happy weekend everyone, I am writing this in my neighbourhood cafe, eating cake with someone very special and thinking of all of you.
Hope & Light
trust your heart if the seas catch fire – e.e cummings