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Join the local authors of the poetry anthology “Writing on Water” to help celebrate National Poetry month. Share one of your own poems or a favorite poem. Excerpts from the poetry anthology will also be read that day. Light refreshments will be served. National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media-to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage.

Welcome to the Art of Poetry

Where:

Oakmont Carnegie Library

700 Allegheny River Blvd.
Oakmont, PA 15139

When:

Saturday April 2, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hope to see you there!

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We read to know we are not alone. ~C.S. Lewis

I don’t remember what I was reading when my eyes fell upon this quote. It struck me in such a peculiar way. I sat there and read it again and mulled over it for a few minutes. Eight choice words found their way into my thoughts and inspired me. I identified wholeheartedly with what the author was attempting to convey. As I pondered the realization with the truth of knowing that I am not alone I wrote in my journal:

We write because we know we are not alone.

Loneliness has a way of grasping not only your thoughts and emotions, but also your heart and your hand. You could have everything you have ever dreamed of and suffer from feelings of loneliness. Everyone you love and adore could turn their back on you in an instant and you can feel the cold rush of lonesomeness seem to fill every void within and every place without. The pain of being alone is very real. The pain is real but the loneliness is a falsehood. Please realize that when you feel so dark that your thoughts have become muddled, there are those that care very deeply for you and your situation. Please talk with someone or read a book whose words never fail to encourage you. Words written or spoken have a beautiful way of bringing life, love, and hope by changing the course you are on and providing direction.

How do I know this? I, too, have experienced loneliness in its many forms of solitary anguish.

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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I bare my soul

as the ink leaves my pen

to cover this page

With the secrets

From my heart and my love

My tears and my hopes

My fears and my prayers

And my imagination

I bare my soul in this way

To identify with the truth that is

Abiding there

The truth abiding

In my heart, my mind, and my life

Maybe, just maybe,

as I write these words

and as you read these words

We might discover that flame

burning bright and steady

from within.

Allow the truth of your beauty

That light that urges you forward,

That burning that resides deep,

deep within your soul

To be captivated by

Your heart and your love

Your tears and your hopes

Your fears and your prayers

And your imagination

Allow your truth to carry you

Throughout each moment

Life presents to you.

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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Thoughts are the blossoms.
Words, in bloom, are the fragrance
To take us away.

There are times when something happens and I am effected by a person, a situation, stress, sickness, and the list goes on and on, instead of being affect-ing . What I say, in so many ways, defines not only who I am, but also the person that my words touch. I learned this as a child and I dedicated my adult life to believing in the goodness of others. Some have called me naïve and too trusting. I came up with a motto during my previous marriage that I would quietly say to myself over and over “I would rather be the one hurting, than the one hurting another.” I couldn’t live with myself let alone sleep at night knowing that I wronged another. Please understand, I am far from perfecting the words I choose, but I do try. I don’t always know what is happening in the other person’s life. But if I look at their heart and their motives, and then look at my heart and my motives, then hopefully I can find that place where healing will be brought into the situation and the lives that I touch every day.

Just imagine  having the opportunity every day to show others the beauty that you possess. That amazes me. Sometimes it is as simple as caring about the ones serving you throughout the day. Do you have gratitude towards what others are doing for you? I really noticed a lack of thankfulness toward others when I worked in the hospital setting. Every person working in that realm of service was there for each other as well as the patients. There were so many times when the nurses aides resented what the nurses needed so the nurses in turn would be irritated by the complacency of the aides. These situations would go around in vicious cycles and these types of engagements occur in every field that is working together within those walls.

It is so easy to say thank you. So easy. Gratitude is such a lovely gift to offer others. Words, kind and loving words, presented with respect can blossom and fill your interior with an overwhelming graciousness that the intoxicating aroma will then affect others. Beautiful words can fill any void in your life and portray to others just how stunning and splendid you are.

You are stunning and your presentation to life is quite splendid. Dwell on that today and see just where your heart takes you.

Proverbs 25:11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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