|"Into the Light" by Tim Haynes|
Each positive thought is your refuge and your sanctuary, where in that thoughtful moment, you are safe.– Bryant McGill
At the beginning of this month, Ann Rider challenged us to write poems about places of refuge and solace. I didn't realize at the time how useful the challenge would be to me personally. Hostility and negativity were seriously getting me down, and I wondered if this would be the first time I had nothing to contribute.
|"Transient Insignificance (2)" by Tim Haynes|
But reading all of your poems was therapeutic, like a daily dose of fresh air. Thank you for pulling me through.
Rather than grouping these poems into categories, I tried to present them in a sequence that flowed comfortably from beginning to end. I hope it transports you to a tranquil state of mind.
|"The Zig-Zag" by Tim Haynes|
Scroll through the poems below, or for best viewing, CLICK HERE.
Would you like to write a poem about a place of refuge and solace?
Post it on our November 2016 padlet by Wednesday, November 30th, and I will add it to the wrap-up presentation.
Participants in this month's challenge will automatically be entered to win a copy of Before Morning by Joyce Sidman with illustrations by Beth Krommes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). One entry per participant, not per poem.
Alternatively, you may enter the giveaway by commenting below. Comments must also be received no later than Wednesday, November 30th. If you contribute a poem and comment below, you will receive two entries in total.
The winner will be determined by Random.org and announced next Friday, December 2nd.
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Many thanks to everyone who came by last week to help me celebrate the launch of THE BEST OF TODAY'S LITTLE DITTY, 2014-2015! I was tickled and humbled by so many expressions of support and congratulations.
I must have captured this screen at just the right moment to have it say #1 New Release in Poetry Anthologies. Don't believe me? Click the image to enlarge!
While I do think that designation may be slightly misleading, this amazing community will always be at the top of my best things list. 😍