Glow

Even if you
cannot see it

Glow! — Even if you
cannot see it at this time,
you still hold a spark.


Photo by Jordan Graff on Unsplash

Today, June 30, is the last day of Pride Month in 2020, but learning about LGBTQ+ history should happen all year long! Stonewall Forever is a virtual monument that includes videos and resources about the history of LGBTQ+ movements in the United States, from the resistances that preceded the Stonewall Riots to modern day Pride. They also have a documentary that I have yet to watch. If it is good, though, I will include it as a resource in the future.

Also, I have an update about my article that was stolen by another website…The stolen article was removed! If you want to read more about what I did to get it taken down or just see me rant about the process, I did a full update on the post about the content being stolen. You can read that here.

Lighthouse (A Collaborative Poem) — This Engrained Heart

A great dreamer you have always been, a wisher-upon-the-stars
A wayfarer, an adventurer, and a wanderer you are.

Image by J. S. Klingemann from Pixabay This is my second collaborative poem that I wrote with Joy from the Yellow Brick Ave. Joy’s section is in blue and mine is in grey. Our first collaborative poem (Selah) that we wrote together was started by Joy asking me to collaborate the poem with her and […]

Lighthouse (A Collaborative Poem) — This Engrained Heart

Click the link above to check out my newest collaboration with Ismael from This Engrained Heart!

Fake Tomorrows

This cycle is too persuasive
and this cycle calls my name.

I long for words I’ve never written
and for songs I’ve never sung.
I long for feelings I’ve never felt
and for bells I’ve never rung.

I’ve imagined these possibilities–
my mind does this when I’m down–
It makes problems out of naught
just like a dust mote on a crown.

Though reminiscing about nothing
and self-berating causes shame,
this cycle is too persuasive
and this cycle calls my name.

Now, my blue skies all have faded
to shades both gray and dark
with no more hope of sunshine
to light the outlines oh, so stark.

I cannot fight or face it–
I’ve already gone too deep
I can’t climb from this chasm
Nor call for help nor leap.

So, please come Serotonin,
please come Dopamine,
please come Vigor for Life,
please come Fresh, and please come Green.

Take me back to my home–
I have somehow lost my way.
I became trapped by fake tomorrows
and by pretend yesterdays.

I’ve tried to end this poem
on a nice, uplifting note,
but today, I just can’t make it happen.


Photo by Aakash Sethi from Pexels

Today’s resource for knowledge and compassion is the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), which lists suicide prevention helplines throughout the world and in various languages. Just use the helpful map on their homepage to select your continent, and you’ll be redirected to a list of hotlines and websites that might be pertinent to you.

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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Heart or mind? Why?
Mind. It keeps the heart in check.

I would like to thank NeuroDevotion for nominating me for this award! Their blog consists of both poetry and longer form blog posts about inspiration and motivation. Go check it out!

Rules

1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
6. Provide the link to the Award creator, as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog (It’s all about Inspiration).

Questions

1. What is the best compliment that you have got from a blogger?

I kept typing and deleting, typing and deleting, typing and deleting my answer to this question. It makes me feel uncomfortable because I can’t figure out a way to write it that doesn’t come across as conceited. Instead, I’ll just put a screenshot of the comment.

If y’all like reading haiku, tanka, and other forms of poetry or want to learn more about meditation and yoga, go check out Genie Akano’s blog! She’s wonderful!

2. What are the three things that you want to learn?

Swing dancing, how to properly cook Indian cuisine, and programming

3. What is the one thing that you want to confess?

For much of my life, I really disliked poetry. I especially disliked “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, which is now actually one of my favorite poems and was the inspiration for my own poem “Galaxies, Or Regarding Poor Prufrock.”

4. Heart or mind? Why?

Mind. It keeps the heart in check.

5. What is your favorite food?

Potato wedges. Yum!

My Nominees

My nominees are any of my readers who would like to participate!

My Questions

I loved these questions and had to think deeply to answer many of them, so my questions are the same ones!


I have one more nomination left to go before I take a break from awards and tags for a little while. Once again, thank you to everyone who has nominated me, whether I was able to accept or not. Your support means so much!

The resource today for laughing and learning is White Savior: The Movie Trailer from Late Night with Seth Meyers. It’s a super funny video, and it points our a major and pervasive problem in Hollywood.

The True Enemy of Progress

how much progress
would have been made in the world
if we spent less time thinking about the enemies of progress

When I look up the true enemy of progress,
I see one person say that it is fear,
another states that it is perfection,
another says complacency,
another comparison,
another habit,
another routine,
another stagnation,
one refutes the stagnation assertion and says that it is false progress,
another says comfort,
another says it is your last success,
another thinks it is corruption,
another indecision,
another convention,
another delay,
another distraction,
another ego,
another self-conceit,
and yet another claims that it is free time.

Maybe they’re all right,
but it makes me wonder how much progress
would have been made in the world
if we spent less time thinking about the enemies of progress
and more time dreaming about and making that progress
that seems to concern us so much.

But what do I know?
I’m just a hypocrite
who wrote a poem
about the true enemy of progress.


Photo by Felix Mittermeier from Pexels

Today’s resource for compassion and empathy is the first episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. This series was created by Emmanuel Acho as an educational resource for white people in the U.S. at a time where many are coming to realize their white privilege (although many of his points probably help with understanding the actions and reactions of marginalized groups around the world).

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Baby Pink Flower

On the fragility of beauty

Baby pink flower–
petals trampled underfoot.
Stem sighs, “Such is life.”


Photo by Brianna Swank from Pexels

Today’s resource for love and understanding is Crisis Text Line, an organization that provides text lines in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland for people experiencing mental health crises. Their website also has places to donate or volunteer if you feel called to do so.

A Father’s Words

For Father’s Day

“What’s wrong?” he asks,
his eyes full of empathy,
his ears ready to listen.

“I’m happiest when you’re happy,” he says
with a genuine smile flooding his face.

“How was your day?” he asks
in a curious tone,
settling in to hear all the stories
of triumph and heartbreak.

“I’m so proud of you,” he says
in times of joyous celebration
of accomplishments.

“How can I help?” he asks,
rolling up his sleeves,
with hands ready to do the work.

“I love you no matter what,” he says
no matter what.


Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere and anyone else who takes on a fathering role!

Photo by Yogendra Singh from Pexels


Fathers, father figures, and other people who take on fathering roles are so important to a child’s development. The Child & Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin put together a list of “5 Things You Should Know about the Importance of Fathers.” Unfortunately, I am ignorant about the programs that exist to support fathers and father figures. It felt disingenuous link to an organization that I know little about just because that organization says that it supports fathers. If you know of any charities or other organizations that actively work to support people in fathering roles, let me know. I’d love to broaden my knowledge on the topic.

A Spindly Strand

Sometimes change isn’t enough.

a spindly strand
hangs down over his face,
blocking part of his line of sight.
he brushes it away,
hoping that small action
will allow him to see clearly again,
but it doesn’t.
no small action ever can
when he’s so deliberately ignorant
of his surroundings.

Photo by insung yoon on Unsplash

Today’s resource for love and understanding is the video of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s TED Talk titled “The urgency of intersectionality.” She speaks specifically on the way that intersectionality affects black women in the United States. Warning: this video does contain some graphic clips of black women being brutalized by police. It happens in a video that Crenshaw shows at the end of her talk, and she does give a warning about the clips before she starts the video.

Selah (A Collaborative Poem)

Music, Selah, they went on, Selah, Selah
With lyrical psalms like Proverbs, Solomon
Had chosen the path he sang of Selah
Too many songs to cherish the solemnity

The following is my first collaborative poem that I wrote with Ismael Mansoor from This Engrained Heart! Ismael’s contributions are in italics and mine are not.

I provided the prompt, and Ismael started the writing. After that, we went back and forth with adding pieces to it until we finished. I think that the final product of this poem is very much a mixture of our two different writing styles, and I’m excited to share it with all of you!

Selah

Music, Selah, they went on, Selah, Selah
With lyrical psalms like Proverbs, Solomon
Had chosen the path he sang of Selah
Too many songs to cherish the solemnity

Like him, we sing, “Praise, praise!”
For we have been bequeathed with
the grass, the dirt, the trees,
with the rain that provides life and renewal
to all.
Does not every songbird whistle a tune,
rejoicing for the gift of this land?
So, too, shall we.                                        Selah

Honour thy garden that dwells with thy prayer
Foundation shall water, and recircle of it
Pray, praise to the faith that dwells in ye
Listen to the songbirds and feel the vibrations

Blessèd are those who sit quietly in the moss
and breathe in the scent of the forest.
Blessèd are those who can only take
a moment to witness the verdant splendor
through panes of glass.
And blessèd are those who live in jungles
of concrete and smog.
The pleas for a future
with equitable access to
flora and fauna and fresh air
shall not be ignored or forgotten.               Selah

Selah in the Psalm, oh, they said, who is she
King Solomon, the wise one who was David’s son
Called a name, Selah, oh, they said, who is she
Even the wise Solomon was with the Saviour

Such a word to pronounce such wisdom, but they said who is she
Selah, a musical figure, probably 
Selah, her merry songs that danced Solomon’s weddings
Words to rejoice, oh, Selah, but they said who is she


Alight! Selah is in music. Praise, and rejoice
Sheer the will to smile with songs
Selah, perhaps, personification to melodize
Gentle to the ears and the feelings

Selah of hope and Selah of praise
Selah of wonder and pleading
Lifting up exultation
toward the bounteous heavens
in awe of creation,
all hearts shall proclaim
Selah, her melodious name.

Blessings be upon all the living souls
Oh, blessings be upon those who bless themselves
And who bless others
Selah, in the heavenly place in the soul



Photo by Simon Leonardo from Pexels

I loved this opportunity to collaborate with Ismael on this poem! If you’re interested in creating a collaborative poem with me, reach out through my contact page.


Today’s resource for love and understanding is this video featuring Leah Thomas talking about the relationship between Black Lives Matter and environmental justice. Leah, a black woman who works in intersectional environmentalism, also runs a blog called Green Girl Leah and an Instagram page by the same name.

Wanna Know You Better!

What kind of a “dream home” you dream about?
I doubt this will ever happen, but I would love to have a big, full house. I want to have lots of space for friends and family to live in or visit. I also want a big garden where I can grow a lot of my own food.

I was nominated for this tag by Era from The Hidden Soul. Thank you so much, Era! Her blog is full of articles, poetry, and awards. Please go check her out!

“Wanna Know You Better” was created by Riya from World of My Thoughts. Go check out her blog if you want to read some of those thoughts. Thank you for creating the tag, Riya!

Rules:

  • Title the blog post as “Wanna know you better!!”
  • Describe Riya’s blog and a put link to her post.
  • Describe and thank the one who nominated you.
  • Copy all the questions and answer them one by one.
  • You may create your own questions for your targets
  • Pass the game as a challenge to any of your favorite bloggers and mention them in your post.
  • Add a link to your post in the comment section of the Host and nominees below so that they would come to know about you.
  • State the steps.

Era’s Questions

Q.1 Have you ever been foolhardy? When? Why? Describe briefly.
I can’t think of any specific examples, but I definitely have said and done things in the heat of the moment that I thought were brave but regretted later. For the most part, though, I am very reserved. It takes me a while to make decisions because I like to weigh all of my options.

Q.2 How do you prefer the curtains, drawn or pulled apart?
Every morning, I think that I prefer the curtains drawn, but, the truth is, I feel so much better when they’re pulled apart.

Q.3 What kind of a “dream home” you dream about?
I doubt this will ever happen, but I would love to have a big, full house. I want to have lots of space for friends and family to live in or visit. I also want a big garden where I can grow a lot of my own food.

Q.4 If you had the power to transfigure into an animal/bird/insect as per your will what would you’ve chosen? Why? (Only one allowed!)
I’ve always wanted to become a dolphin. They’re smart, they do things for fun, and they get to stay in the water all the time.

Q.5 If I offer you Watermelon or a Chocolate ice-cream during summer what will you choose? Why?
If the chocolate ice cream is vegan, I would choose that. Otherwise, I’d choose the watermelon.

Q.6 In your home what’s your favorite inanimate object and tell me the reason behind that?
There is a puzzle that was gifted to me on my 20th birthday. During quarantine, I broke it out of storage and redid it. It is missing a piece because the person who gave it to me took that piece as a keepsake. The timing of that gift and the person who gave it to me are both really special, so the puzzle itself is also really special.

Q.7 If you had got an opportunity to make somebody else’s blog (except mine) yours which blog would you’ve swapped with?  (Take it as a compulsion. I know we all love our own creations and couldn’t dream of exchange! I just want to know your favorite blog)
Up until fairly recently in my blogging journey, I probably would have been able to come up with an answer to this question, but currently, I am so in love with my blog and its content that I wouldn’t dare trade it. A recent favorite blog of mine, though, has been The_tenth_zodiac by Nima Mohan.

Q.8 Which is/was your favorites swing in the park?
I was lucky enough to have a swing set in my backyard while I was growing up, so those swings were my favorite.

Q.9 Anything you would like to suggest to me to become better? (You can’t answer Nothing)
I love learning more about you through your tags and awards, Era, but my favorite parts of your blog are the poems and other creative writings. I would love to see more of those!

Q.10 How do you feel about God? (I know you can write a novel on this but just tell me in less than 100 words)
My feelings about and experiences with religion have varied quite a lot over the years. As of right now, I believe in love, and the Bible says that God is love, so I believe in God.

My Questions/Nominees

I nominate anyone reading this who would like to participate! My questions are the same as the ones I was asked.


Today’s resource of love and understanding is this zine by MPD 150 that answers FAQs about abolishing the police. “Abolish the police” is a shocking and seemingly radical statement, but this resource shows what people really mean when they say it (ex: such a change could not happen overnight, and we would still have a division of people who are well-trained and able to respond to violent crimes). Even if you disagree with these ideas, it’s good to have more information to prevent falling for the straw man fallacy when debating the concept.

And that’s all for today. Peace out!