I’m one of two sponsors for a POETRY CONTEST! That means that if you enter and win, then you will receive a copy of The Unhappy Wife and Daddy, among other prizes, like money.
I agreed to sponsor this poetry contest because the theme is self-care/self-love, which is something that I’ve been promoting for a few years now, either on the blog, through my books, or in personal action. I place high value on self-love and self-care, and if you’re a poet who does too, then please consider entering.
Also, I agreed to participate because I trust and follow the poetry contest’s host, Yecheilyah Ysrayl and one of the judges, Lisa Tetting. They’re both fabulous bloggers and self-published authors whom I admire.
So, if you’re interested in submitting, then please follow the directions on the flyer, or click on it, which will direct you to the PBS blog for more information. But don’t wait too long. Entry submissions close July 31st.
Most of all, GOOD LUCK to all of you poets!
Sometimes my brain thinks in Haiku. I cannot explain it, nor would I ever try. It just is. Here’s an example:
I’m walking around
with an OM tat on my arm,
But people challenge
this concept with constancy,
You’re white and I’m black.
He’s Jewish and she’s Muslim.
They’re poor and we’re rich.
Who cares? What matters?
I wonder as we bicker.
Who gains from such rifts?
I know the answer.
It’s a rhetorical thought.
if we allow it.
Otherwise, can’t we create
a new world order?
Revolution. © 2017 K E Garland. All Rights Reserved.
Feel free to add a verse. How do you think we can come to understand we’re all one? Do we need to try or will it just happen naturally?
Sometimes a Haiku comes to me as a result of a specific thought. I work through it in my Notes section until it’s as clear as possible. This one came from the phrase, “I can love that person…but from a distance.” This phrase always seemed not loving to me at all. Tell me what you think about the Haiku or the phrase.
Last year, I listened to Kendrick Lamar’s How Much Does a Dollar Cost? over and over again. I tried to exhume every bit of meaning from the words. And then, I was inspired to write Transient, my perspective on giving to the homeless. That’s how art works, right? You inspire me; I re-shape it and inspire someone else.
A month or so later, Dwight and I saw the amazing recreation of Unconditional Surrender.
Some of you might remember its iconic newspaper image from V-J Day. Since capturing the sculpture, I’ve learned that this same statue lived in San Diego and then New York. You can find replications in New Jersey, Hawaii and France! Art inspired art times three. Wait! Times four because my photo prompted Juliet Q. to pen Sweet Surrender, a Haiku!
I continued to document life with a full moon post and I’ve shared how the image moved Authenticitee to write a new poem. Consequently, inspiration continued to flow to another continent. Mek wrote an amazing environmental post based on my Shared Space picture.
These connections have helped me see the intricacies of life. I met Authenticitee, Juliet and Mek through blogging, but like tapestry, our lives were woven together because of the distinct ways we express our views of the world. I’m amazed by how art inspires art and how it provides a dimension to being human that other interactions sometimes do not.
Does art inspire you? If so, let us know how. If not, how do you maintain creativity?
By the way, T.Wayne gets an honorable mention. His blog inspired me to begin with an embedded video. He blogs about music and its influence in his life by using a similar format.
How amazing is it when art inspires more art? Well, that’s exactly what happened here. Inspiring Image #28 inspired e over at authenticitee to write this poem and use my photo. She was also one of my features on Other People’s Quotes. If you haven’t checked her out yet, please do so.
This week’s Other People’s Quotes comes from a suicide prevention advocate: Authenticitee. She’s also a very passionate poet and writer. Check out her blog or follow her on IG @authenticiteespeaks or Twitter @IndigoInterlude
This week’s feature of Other People’s Quotes comes from Aayusi. She writes about one of my favorite topics: being oneself! Aayusi also shares tips and ideas for homeschooling and other every day topics. Go check out her blog!