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Globe Unity sculpture (Photo credit: hoyasmeg)

(a piku)

We are all
this together.

P. Wanken


Written in response to Musical Notes Prompt #8 (Michael Jackson & Lionel Ritchie’s “We Are The World”). Also posted for Day 85 at “100 Days of Summer” on Facebook.

Virtual Transformation


insecurity, my gag,
long maintained my silence

beliefs, ideas, thoughts, feelings
explored in solitude

words tentatively typed on a screen
available to all

who will read them?
who will care?

first one, and then another
random comments from far and wide

and then, three months ago, he found me
my big brother, my mentor, my friend

back to the beginning he read them all
not one word did he omit

his words to me
encourage, teach, challenge

confidence grows
silence is shattered

beliefs, ideas, thoughts, feelings
explored in community

P. Wanken

Written for Three Word Wednesday prompt: gag, maintain, omit; and Poetic Asides prompt to write a poem about a specific moment with a person that I have not seen in over three months. I chose to write about Mike Patrick (author of the blog: The Poet’s Quill). While it’s true that I have not seen Mike in over three months, the real truth is that we’ve never met in person. Though it was another who encouraged me to start writing, and there have been many in the past weeks who have become dear to me and who have played a role in shaping me as a writer, the moment I read Mike’s first comments to me I knew I had found a very special friend—the big brother I never had—and I am truly grateful.

Poem-a-Day Challenge 2011 Comes to an End

I wrote and posted the following letter to the editor of the Poetic Asides blog that has posted the prompts I have followed all month…it was quite a challenge, writing a poem a day! Thought I’d share my thoughts with you about my experience…

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To Robert and the Poetic Asides Community…

Besides my usual poem/post for the day, I wanted to take the opportunity to add my thanks to those that have already been expressed by so many of you as the month has been winding down. Each and every one of you has contributed to my life in a special way these past 30 days.

As a brand new writer, not knowing what madness I was in for, I started the month of poeming as a rather “anonymous” person. Just one of the masses, throwing my hat into the ring with my attempt at each day’s challenge. Only a few days into the month, I quickly learned that “the ring” in which I played was a far grander venue than the backyard gym. My exercises in poetry were no match to the well-honed and practiced expertise of the other players.

Overwhelmed by being out of my league, each morning the new prompt was like a bell signaling I made it through another round. But could I make it through this new one?  If I threw in the towel, no one would notice. I was not feeling “knocked down”—just exhausted and out-matched. No one would miss the post from P. Wanken. No one knows I’m here, anyway!

And then…my first “mention”. Someone DID know I was here. That was like water squirted in my mouth while gasping for breath in the corner. Like smelling salts under the nose…reviving me to keep going.

How glad I am that I did! Through 30 days I have learned a lot from you, my fellow poets. I have learned that you are friends—not opponents. I have learned that we are different—but can still love one another. I have learned that we can encourage—which grows into challenge. I have learned that I have friends that I have never met. And…I have learned that I suck at iambic pentameter! 😉

Thank you, Robert, for the daily challenges. Thank you, PA community for being the theme to “Rocky” in the soundtrack of my PAD month! You are the best!

I told a friend that the end of this month feels a bit like summer camp ending…having spent extended time with a bunch of people I didn’t know, becoming fast friends throughout, and then it comes to an end with promises to continue to stay in touch. How nice that we have the capabilities to do so in the world of cyberspace! I look forward to seeing ALL of you here on Wednesdays… promise!?  And by staying in touch through our own blogs. You can find me at echoes from the silence.

Have a great last day of PAD!!


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