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i will tell you a story
of  what  might  be…

since the beginning of  Time
and the Universe and all Life…

{ whether created by a Big Bang or
God or Goddess or YHWH or Allah

or  whatever you believe }

…since The Beginning
there has been Good and Evil

i would like to imagine there is a Heaven
…or many Heavens…
where we can go after death,
be forgiven for our sins
and reunited with loved ones

what  i  KNOW is that on Earth
there is Goodness in every living thing

and  that  Goodness
deserves to be respected

the Goodness in each of  us grows
when we encourage and foster it in others

maybe it is a tiny piece of  The Creator
perhaps it is the Spark of  Life
or it could be our Soul

do the differences in how we describe all of  this really matter?
isn’t it Goodness at the deepest level whatever we name it?

heartbreakingly
Evil also exists on Earth
sometimes it overpowers Goodness
but it can never eliminate it completely
just as it is impossible to eradicate Evil

does that make it any less important to hold onto Hope?
to strive to nurture Goodness in ourselves and others?
or does it make it all the more crucial?

agree or deny
you will  be faced
with Goodness and with Evil

the journey through our time on Earth
can only be enhanced
by fighting on the side of  Good
whether we survive in some fashion
after our bodies die
or if  that is truly the end

do not give in to the temptations of  Evil
but if  you do,  try again

let the Goodness shine out from you

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“Stairway to Heaven”   Led Zeppelin

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image ~   “Staircase in black and white”   Tony Hisgett
{ some rights reserved }   ahisgett’s flickr photostream

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originally posted  5 December 2012

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●•● Mickie ●•●

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Mickie grew tired
of  everyone
making fun of  her hands

so she flipped them off
and said as she left
“you can kiss my ass goodbye”

cell phone videos posted to YouTube
of  Mickie walking out the door
landed her a $250,000 contract
with Playboy Magazine

nobody even notices her hands any more

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“Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song”

originally posted  14 April 2012

image by  Maleny Gomez on Tumbler
{  fair use }

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•• Hope Notes Project ••

 

 

 

the following is a reblog about  The Hope Notes Project  by Dele Olanubi ~
 

First,  please read  Be A Light In The Dark,  if you haven’t already.  Thank you!

If you have,  let’s talk about  The Hope Notes Project.  It’s an idea that came to me as a way to spread some hope in an easy to do way.  I’ve always believed that if a person has hope they can and will overcome anything and everything life throws at them.  Hope is such a powerful inner force because it gives us the strength and willpower to keep trying and fighting for our better days,  for a better life.  Hope saves lives,  and with this project my dream is to save,  heal,  and inspire lives by giving people a daily dose of hope.  I believe we all could use a little more hope in our lives!

What is a hope note?  A hope note is basically a  “note”  with a message that is  positive,  inspiring,  comforting,  uplifting,  motivating,  and most of all  hope inducing.  A hope note can utilize quotes,  lyrics,  poetry,  photography,  and bible verses that you feel will give people hope.  It can be something you’ve written,  something I’ve written,  something you’ve read or heard that gave you hope.  You can leave your hope notes anywhere you go during your daily life;  school,  work,  restrooms,  coffee shops,  restaurants,  buses,  bookstores,  the gym,  Starbucks  :)  …anywhere and anytime you have a chance to leave a hope note please do it!

The goal is to make a positive difference in the world around you by finding something or someone that gives you hope and passing that message of hope to anyone that comes across your hope note.  I call this The Hope Chain.  A chain where we are all linked by the hope we’ve given to each other and received by each other.

Format:  A hope note can be shaped in any form.  It can be a postcard,  notecard,  post-it,  photo,  collage… etc.  It can be handmade,  written,  printed… etc.  How you shape your hope note depends on you.  Be creative!  The more effort and heart you put into your note the better.  Personalize it so that the receiver can feel the hope you have for them when they read your hope note.

Delivery:  You can leave your hope notes to be found by whoever stumbles upon it,  or you can give your hope notes to friends,  family,  classmates,  teachers,  coworkers,  strangers — anyone you feel needs a boost of hope.  Believe me,  your little act of kindness will make their day so much brighter!

Credit:  At the bottom of your hope note put the author of the quote.  Also put The Hope Notes Project,  that represents you,  and the hope movement we are all a part of  :)!!!

Link:  bealightinthedark.com

Represent:  I’d love to see you being a light in the dark so send photos of your hope notes.  If you’ve received a hope note send your photos and stories  :)!  Represent!!!!

One person can make a positive difference in this world.  One person can change another person’s life for the better.  One person can make someones whole day brighter.  One person can give another person lasting hope.  Be that one person for someone.

Words can scar.  Words can heal.  My hope is that we choose to use our words,  our hearts,  and our lives to heal,  to comfort,  to help,  to give hope,  and to make a positive difference in our world.

Let’s spread hope across this world one hope note at a time!!!

~~Acoustic Imagery~~

Note:  Examples of hope notes will be coming soon:)!!!

***Please feel free to reblog this post and spread the word about this project.

I’d be so thankful!!!

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

~ Martin Luther King

 

{ i  feel this is a wonderful idea that will bring a smile to both the giver and the receiver of  the note.  the world needs hope right now. }

 

image  ~   “The Seashore Book, Page 21″   E. Boyd Smith
{  public domain }

 

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30 poems in 30 minutes {not really} #NaPoWriMo + #giveaway

 

i was unable to post a poem a day for NaPoWriMo  (National Poetry Writing Month)  so i decided to challenge myself to write 30 poems this morning to post on the final day of  National Poetry Month.  some are using prompts provided throughout the month at  napowrimo.net  which will be shown in  { } after the poem.  ( i know that’s not how it works,  but better late than never… )   i hope they’re not all terrible!  {smile}  i realize this is a long post ~ i’d be pleased if  you just read the first poem.

the chaos of  the stars

echoes in my blood

a siren’s song

leading to destruction

but,  oh,  what a  glorious sight it will be

{ write a poem about the stars }

fear feeds on itself
never
to go hungry

un…invited
but so ex…cited
at the meal  i will provide

Fear shadows me
knowing
it will eat before long

always trying to move forward
to tomorrow and beyond
grateful for the bridges
built by those who came before

{ write a poem about bridges }

birds  singing

welcoming  the  sun

happy  to  see  his  return

out of  my mind

out of  control

out of  chances

out of  time

before  you

my  world

was  a  sad  and  lonely  place

filled  with  nothing  but  grey

And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;–
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

excerpt from ‘Love’s  Philosophy’
Percy Bysshe Shelley

and the sunlight clasps the earth
like a mother holds her babe to her breast
giving warmth and comfort
bringing  joy to them both

i  lost my faith
before my virginity
or did i ever have it?
i  don’t remember
impossible to get back
if  it was ever there

maybe that’s why
there’s an emptiness
deep inside
begging to be filled
yet knowing
it never will

sing  to  me

a  sweet  lullaby

carry  me  off

to  the  land  of  dreams

i  will wake to this life
again and again and again
grateful each time i do

i  want to truly live this life
again and again and again
open to all that comes my way

i  wonder at this life
again and again and again
so much love and joy to be found

love

more  powerful

than  life  itself

{ hay(na)ku ~ three lines:  first – one word,  second – two words,  third – three words }

whispers on the wind

just beyond understanding

running after them

trying to catch the meaning

knowing

they are meant for me

oh!  joy!

life!

daffodils
tulips
iris

all lovely as can be

but

none can touch

the beauty
of  someone seen
through the eyes of  love

{ traditionally,  pastoral poems involved various shepherdesses and shepherds talking about love and fields,  but yours can really just be a poem that engages with nature }

every time i look at you

i fall into love again

hop a train
don’t care to where
all the same to me

clickety clack
clickety clack

don’t look back
can’t look back
never look back

rock and sway
the night away
all my life

don’t come back
never go back
take me back
wanna go back

clickety clack
clickety clack

when the whistle
makes me lonely at night
the tracks keep me company

if the whistle
gives me a fright
the track reassures

that it’s all right
it’s all right

the rhythm
of the rails
lulls me to sleep

clickety clack
clickety clack

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
― William Wordsworth

i  have a purpose
to bring smiles or tears
without one or the other
i  have failed

…i  am a poem

{ personification ~ writing in the voice of  someone/something else }

i  cannot sleep
…i  will not
lest the ghosts
of  my sins
come to haunt me

i  know…

the sun will come up in the morning
the birds will sing in the trees they are adorning
some days rain brings rainbows
other days i’ll wonder why i even arose
true love must be given a chance
you,  love,  make my heart dance

{ write a poem that states the things you know }

air warms and sweetens

with the scent of new blossoms

sunbeams brightening the day

non,  je ne regrette rien

no,  i do not regret anything

all of  the mistakes i have made

all of  the opportunities i have missed

all of  the obstacles in my path

all

have brought me here to you

i used to think love was for fools
pain was guaranteed
no one could be trusted

you came into my life
opened my heart
i gave it to you completely

why?
because the love in your eyes
is undeniable

{ write a poem in which you explain your reasons for changing your mind about something }

darkness  deep  in  my  soul

awaiting  a  chance  to  come  forth

craving  destruction  and  chaos

time will wash it away

if  you believe that

   …..you’re a fool

you  bring me smiles
you  make me laugh
with  you i  feel safe
with  you i  know  i’m desired
you  show me things in a different light
you  draw the best of  me out of  the dark
i  gave you my trust
you  gave me  yourself
together
is a wonderful place to be

{ write a “loveless” love poem ~ without using the word love }

she wears moonbeams

and starlight in her hair

the dawn patiently waiting

until her dance is through

{ write the form known as the aubade which are morning poems about dawn and daybreak }

You can’t do that.

Why not?

Because you’re incapable.

Says you.

You can’t even come up with a mature response.

Why should I?

You can’t do that.

I  just did.

( me, talking to myself )

{ write a poem using dialogue }

‘It’s never too late to be what you might have been.’

–George Eliot

if  i wake up tomorrow

and make the decision

to do whatever it takes

 

can i  become

what i  might have been?

the me

i’d  rather be?

everything  i’ve dreamed of
everything  i’ve longed for
everything  i’ve needed

is in your eyes

boom dee ya da
boom boom

boom dee ya da
boom

sing along with me

boom dee ya da
boom boom

boom dee ya da
boom

i  promise
it’ll  leave you with a smile

boom dee ya da
boom boom

boom dee ya da
boom


“I Love the Mountains”  {boom dee ya da}   Houaida Goulli

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #250     at     Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary!

The Tuesday Platform    at   imaginary garden with real toads

thank you, Kerry!

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poem in your pocket day Thursday, 30 April 2015 #pocketpoem + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month ~

April 2015

Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 30, 2015!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoemit doesn’t even have to be a poem YOU write ~ write down one of  your favorite poems by any author and share it.

PUT A POEM IN YOUR POCKET  ~

In this age of mechanical and digital reproduction,  it’s easy to carry a poem,  share a poem,  or start your own PIYP day event.  Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Start a  “poems for pockets”  give-a-way in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  • Text a poem to friends
  • Tweet a poem using the hashtag  #pocketpoem

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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