Winter of my Mind (in this summer of my life)

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I am in the winter of my mind, where shadows creep

and darkness comes early // seeming never to sleep…

closing in and overshadowing my thoughts.

 

Creativity remains with each bright new day

bringing a spot of sunshine from friends far away

of like minded bloggers and a few online friends.

 

I must close off the darkness // of  “hurricane News”

and “tornadoes of fear” // with darkness infused

leaving my mind destroyed by what I hear.

 

I’ll go back to my writing and pretend not to see

the streets in upheaval and the mothers who plea

for children caught in the crossfire // each day, it seems.

 

For truth these days seem more one’s perception

with marching politicians and Covid physicians

and dissent is met with racial accusations.

Photo; Dwight L. Roth

I am sharing this on open link night at d”Verse poets night.  With all that has been going on the past five months, I feel a little stir-crazy at times. Seems a lot of others feel the same way from all chaos I  see happening across the country, on the evening news. It pains me to see children shot, and no one seems to raise a voice or carry a sign for them. Very sad indeed! These are some of my thoughts as I stay in my cocoon!

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I got my inspiration for this poem today, after reading Lynn’s Poem this morning:

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Another Milestone

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When I started blogging a couple of years ago, I never dreamed I would have this many followers. I have reached another milestone in blogging with 3000 follows!!

Many thanks to all of you for taking the time to read and follow my post each day. You words of encouragement and concern are worth it all. I love hearing from you, reading, and commenting on your work as well.

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Riding the main line

Enjoying the blogging train

Whistling at each stop

 

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Versatile Blogger Award

 

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I would like to thank Jen from Jen’s Jewish Journey   https://jensjewishjourney.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-versatile-blogger-award/comment-page-1/#comment-951   for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It is so great to connect with all of you and share ideas and poems with you. I am humbled that you consider what I write and post as being significant.

I write, first of all because it is important to me. Your likes and especially your comments make it all worthwhile.  Secondly, I write because of the inspiration I receive from reading your posts as well.

I have been nominated several times for different awards that I have passed on.  I felt it was time to post another one so this is it. Thank you so much all those who have thought me worthy of nomination in the past.

Rules:

*Thank the person / blog that indicated it.  Include the blog link that nominated your blog for the prize.

*Select and nominate another 10 blogs to participate.

*And write 10 facts about yourself to the person who nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. By participating in this contest you must wear my logo above “blue and pink crown” at the beginning of the post.

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My nominations for this award are:

Jared  Winchester

Alexander de

Ksbeth

Rivrvlog

Charley

Jane Dougherty

Tammy 7711

Walter Marx

Astrid’s Words

michaeljourdahl

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10 Things about me:

*I am a retired elementary school teacher of 29 years.

*I started writing poetry regularly in 2013.

*I enjoy acrylic painting, photography, gardening, playing the guitar, and writing.

* I am married, going on 49 years, and have six beautiful grandchildren.

*I sing in my church choir.

*I have written and self-published 3 books of memoirs, and am working on my 6th poetry book, as well as some other writings.

*I go to the local rest home most Friday mornings to read my childhood stories, show them one of my paintings, and sing folk songs of the sixties with them.

* In June, it will be two years since I started this blog. I decided to do a post everyday with photos and poems. I have only missed three or four days. It has been an interesting challenge.

 

 

Another Milestone in Blogging

When I started blogging a year and a half ago. I thought maybe I would get a few followers. When it reached a hundred, and then five hundred, I was really amazed. Now, it has reached a thousand followers from all over the world. All I can say is Wow!! …and thank you to all of you who take the time to read my posts each day. You are such a fine group of people to connect with and get inspired from. I love blogging with all of you.