Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
This Poetry Month, I’m sharing a brief poem daily celebrating little sources of wonder and joy in my life. Here’s today’s #wonderbreak [Want to learn more or join in?]:
Now that we’re past the halfway mark, the daily celebrations are becoming a little more challenging. I’m having to really hunt–what catches my eye. What is beautiful? Or not beautiful but does something wonderful? What brings pleasure in some way? Remember, the idea of #wonderbreak poems is to celebrate little beauties/wonders in our own everyday lives. We’re trying to NOT focus on all the sad or awful things in the world in these poems. These #wonderbreak poems are a brief break from the sad/bad political/humanitarian news to focus on whatever large or small wonders we’re lucky enough to enjoy–hence, wonderbreaks! Thank you to those of you writing along or commenting on or sharing my #wonderbreaks, too. It’s a highlight for me, as this month finds me super busy with work assignments and little time to connect with everyone!
One of the highlights of my writing career so far has been winning the Minnesota Book Award (for BookSpeak!). The award is a beautiful glass art piece on a polished granite base, so it’s a piece of art all on its own. But it’s also a little reminder to me on the days (or weeks or months) when I’m not sure I’ll ever write something worth publishing again. It whispers to me, “C’mon. You did this before. You have it in you. Get to work!” I think awards of any kind, whether they involve money or recognition or just the satisfaction of a ribbon you can tack on the bulletin board, really have their value as an ongoing encouragement for whoever won them.
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with the artful Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference.