I hope the New Year is treating you all and your writing well! The 2018 Poetry Leaves project is in full effect and we’re very excited to receive and publish everyone’s submissions. I’m going to be updating the blog periodically (hopefully once a week) to let everyone know what’s going on with the project and keep you all up to date on the upcoming events. We also have a Facebook page where you can find all sorts of information, https://www.facebook.com/Poetry-Leaves-Waterford-658334674269386/.
Writing is hard. Many times it can be downright frustrating. As a Writing and Rhetoric major at Oakland University, I’ve spent many a night pacing the house in an attempt to drum up my next line or paragraph or even idea. But stick with it! In the end, there’s no perfect writing – that’s the beauty of it. We want to read submissions from every one of you. Poems are simply an expression of one’s self, and we want this year to be filled with expressions. Your poems don’t have to rhyme, heck, they can be only two lines! So whether you’re silly or somber, whether you rant or ponder, send us your poem so we can enjoy and share your thoughts with the community.
Remember that we’re always here to help as well. Every third Thursday of the month we hold a poetry workshop at the library with our own published poet, Glenn Armstrong. The next workshop is February 15th, at 7:00pm and we would love to see you there. I’m sure by the end of the project everyone is going to be tired or hearing my poems over and over so stop by and relieve some tired ears!
I’ll leave you all with a poem from one of my personal favorites, Shel Silverstein.
PRAYER OF THE SELFISH CHILD
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
And if I die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my toys to break.
So none of the other kids can use ‘em….
Here’s to you and the never ending journey that is writing,