UPDATE! IMPORTANT INFO STILL NEEDED FOR COLLECTION

ALL INFORMATION IS RECEIVED, AND THE BOOK IS IN PROGRESS!  THANK YOU, ALL!  We’ll keep you posted. 

THE LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED.  If your name is not crossed off, we still need materials from you.  If the materials are not provided, we cannot include you in our publication. 

The deadline is midnight tonight (July 7), EST.  Hurry!  You can make it!

THE DUE DATE OF JULY 1 HAS COME AND GONE, YET WE STILL NEED INFORMATION FROM THE FOLLOWING GOOD FOLKS.  

Since we are on a holiday week, we will extend the deadline to July 7.  Even if you believe you may be on this list in error, please send your poem(s) and bio to poeticbloomings@yahoo.comIn the subject line, please type FIRST BLOOMS COLLECTION.    This will make it easier to determine if you were dumped into our spam filter in error.

Please note that we must have your permission to include you in our collection.  Your bio (no more than 6 lines, please) is your permission to slip to us.  So even if you have no changes to a Beautiful Bloom, we must have your bio in order to include you.  Thank you, and have a great holiday weekend!

Magical Mystical Teacher
Amy Barlow Liberatore
Benjamin Thomas
Daniel Ari
Dyson McIllwain
Ellen Cullen
Jane Penland Hoover
Janet Martin
Janice Sheridan (jlynn)
Jennifer Jackson
Jerry Walraven
Kim Bulmer King
Kimiko Martinez
Michele Breton (aka banana_the_poet)
mike Maher
Mike Patrick
Nancy Posey
Randy Bell (Cloudfactor5)
Richard King Perkins II
RJ Clarken
Sally Jadlow
Salvatore Buttaci
Sara Vinas
Shannon Smith Lockard

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – Prompt #62

Get some rest, she said! Not so easily done. But I need to resume the fight. So here I am. Tanned and ready, I’ll be rested one of these days. First I must thank Marie for taking up the gauntlet and doing an extraordinary job with this garden. Secondly, I am overwhelmed by your love, support and heartfelt concern for my condition. My eye is healing ( I am finally sans patch) and the headaches still come and go, but with lesser severity. The thoughts are there; the words take a circular route to the page and patience, though worn thin, still holding on.

But the Blooms… reading is a chore (concentration an issue) but a necessary  requirement. And the fruits of these lie here:

MARIE’S BLOOM:

Rest assured, it was a difficult decision to choose one poem to highlight.  Yet, duty calls, and I cannot rest until the choice is made.  That said, thank you all for making it virtually impossible to choose an unworthy poem.  It is with pleasure that I offer my Bloom this week to honor Jane Shlensky’s In CaesuraCaesura is written smartly, thoughtfully, and with a creative take on the topic.  This is what we have come to anticipate and respect from Jane’s contributions.  Her amazing talent never ceases to give me pause.

In Caesura by Jane Shlensky

Learning punctuation
is remembering breath,
the subtleties of a short
and long pause, dash, colon,
a comma of thought,
the finality of a stop,
the regrouping of new
lines and paragraphs,
each claiming time,
breath, rest.

Musical scores dot
and cross notes,
negotiating time.
Singers read the composer’s
symbols marking when
they should breathe, where
they should hold, when
to grow quiet, when
to crescendo, to fade,
to rest, to allow ourselves
the space to gather life
back to ourselves,
like the pulse of a note
trembling into silence.

Sometimes it is not
the poetry of language
or the wonder of music
that soothes us
but the power
of caesura,
the voice
of emptiness,
the blessing
of rest.

WALT’S BLOOM SELECTION:

So many wonderful poems of such nurturing sentiments. I love them all. But the one that just warmed me and charmed the sleep into my eyes was written was penned by Marilyn Braendeholm (Misky). The image of me in my Lambie slippered; fuzzy PJ Baaa Baaas is something I envisioned in my giddy headed best. I’ll take the best, and leave…

THE REST IN A JAR by Marilyn Braendeholm

He was a March Hare chasing sleep.
So one night he decided he ought
to dress himself up as bait; sleep he would woo.
Lambie slippers on his feet,
Fuzzy sheep PJs – Baaa’Baaa,
chasing after sleep, he caught all
he’d ever need,
and kept the rest in a jar.

CONGRATULATIONS TO JANE AND MARILYN ON THEIR WELL-DESERVED “BLOOMS.”