Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration Wrap-Up

My Dearest Friends,

I am both excited and sad to share this wrap-up post of the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration. It was a lot of fun, and while I am sad to see it end, I am even more excited about the initiatives and projects I am working on, which you will learn more about in the near future.

First, let’s take a quick look at the gorgeous poetry that each of the writers created for the 30/30 collaboration.

Hot Ashes, by Benjamin Nambu

Something Stuck, Tricia Sankey

Love and Pain, Isama Peace

Winter Sunshine and You, by Sadje 

My Blood, by Eunice Aformanor

The Butterfly Poet, by Paula Light

Fireflies, by Punam

By the Ocean, Daphny

The Origin of Love, by Cassa Bassa

Scattered Sakura, by C.X. Turner

The Desert Dance, by Cindy Geogakas

Forevermore, by Kirsten Curcio

Flint and Feathers, by Lisa Walker

Butterflies Blue, by Shruthi Senthilkumar

Love to Love, Stays, by Dawn Minott

Divine Flight, by Jaya Avendel

The Resurrection of Red, by Camellia

Stay Away, by Spriha Kant

Fruitful, by Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Orange Sky, by Cassa Bassa

Tuned Impulse, by Anca Horga

The butterfly effect, by Komaljeet Kaur

Gift From The Sea, by Selma Martin

The Flush of Fall, by K. Hartless

I would like to thank all of these wonderful poets and friends again for collaborating with me, and for sharing their talent, and hearts with all of us. I remain honored you chose to submit and to have your gorgeous poetry here.

As always, thank you to all of you for always being here, for your friendship, and loving support.

Have a gorgeous coming week.

All my love and blessings,

Jeff


Jeff Flesch

Author, #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Author of the Month, Jan/Feb 2022, Spillwords Press


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loves fragrance

I sit on the steps of my home
a blessing
renowned and re-known

to me, this gentle feeling
comes
with its own scents, a mystery

and
a reminiscence of being
in touch

with you
and the conversation created

from
the depths of your heart

always leaving this gift
you impart

the fragrance of love

wafting through the air, like
lemons and limes, and
the other citrus

you loved to share
with those

you worked so hard to prepare


love’s fragrance was inspired by the poem Winter Sunshine and You, by Sadje.


Photo by ArtTower, Pixabay


Submissions are still open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration. The submission details are located here.


Jeff Flesch

Author, #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Author of the Month, Jan/Feb 2022, Spillwords Press


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Blue Shoes, Published at MasticadoresIndia

I am so pleased to announce that my poem, Blue Shoes, is now available at MasticadoresIndia. Thank you to Terveen Gill, and the team at MasticadoresIndia for their continued support, and for publishing this piece.

Blue Shoes

shadows trace my fingers, a space of
wonder filled with
lace

as other contexts make haste

sending to my heart delicate fabrics,
my mind’s eye reminds me…

I would be honored if you would go here, and read the rest of my poem. Thank you!


Photo by ractapopulous, Pixabay


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an ode to you, I do then write

I look into your eyes, and see
reflections of our shared history…

a puppy once, around the house you trounced,
with joyfulness in your heart, a beautiful dance,
as the birds swayed in the breeze, and looked on entranced…

as you grew taller, I followed your lead, and
led a life full of joy and pain, both, yet
either way, when I returned from the day

there you were, ready to play, no dismay, only
love in your heart center on full display…

an ode to you, on this day, I do then write
of your birth on this most beautiful night…

I sing a song to you of love, passion,
and, though we had our struggles,
in the end, our relationship was ultimately full
of the most blissful compassion…

In response to the WDYS#105 prompt, from Keep it Alive, by Sadje.


Image credit; Charles Deluvio @ Unsplash


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A Blogger’s Diary 8/22/21: On the Week, Writing, Reflecting, and New Publications, Books Arrived, and Social Media Poetry

The Week

This week the team continued to prepare for the fall term, which starts in 5 weeks. Hard to believe, yet it’s true.

We also finished the fall schedule this week, and I am quite pleased with it. The team always works hard on the schedule, and we do so, well, 4 times a year; it is a drumbeat, if you will, that we have gotten pretty good at. Fun.

Lots of writing this week, which is always fun, and many reflections.

Writing, Reflecting and New Publications

This week was full of writing that poured from the heart, as it always does, and was centered on love. The love that emanates from me today is quite profound, and is amazing to experience.

The poem brushed ourselves with the winds, was a poem that was reflective of the deep love I have for nature and this planet. I’ve spent a lot of time in, and with, nature, and I love the feeling of being among the trees as the winds come up, and mingle with the trees in, what for me is, an exquisite dance. It is so beautiful.

The poem I await your warm embrace was a reflection of a lifetime of watching, being in relationship with, and loving many people on this beautiful planet. Human beings are a treasure, and being in relationship with people, the sharing, caring, creating, living, and loving of people, and with people, are among the most important experiences of our lifetimes. Really.

I’m pleased to announce that 4 more poems have been accepted for publication in the past two weeks. Two poems will appear in MasticadoresUSA, edited by Gabriela Marie Milton; and, two will appear in MasticadoresIndia, edited by Terveen Gill. I am super excited, and would like to again thank Gabriela, Terveen, and their respective teams. I invite you, if you’ve not already done so, to visit the former, MasticadoresUSA, and visit the latter, MasticadoresIndia, once it is launched on September 1. Thank you.

When the poems are published, I will let you all know. Exciting.

Books Arrived

Photo by Susan Q Yin on Unsplash

I ordered several books a couple of weeks ago. These books hold a special place in my heart, as they have all been written by blogosphere friends. It is such a treat.

Here are the books that arrived.

The Anthropocene Hymnal, edited by Ingrid Wilson
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow Love Poems and Poetic Prose, by Gabriela Marie Milton
The Waking Dream, by Grace (Ace) Hakopian
A Little Bit of Everything, by Gayatri Bagyatkar
The Comfort Book, by Matt Haig (a recommendation from my dear friend, Diana Menezes)

I’ll be enjoying these lovely works of art in the coming weeks. Beautiful people, inspiring writing.

Social Media Poetry

I’ve been reflecting more about writing some shorter pieces of poetry for social media, such as Instagram and, maybe Twitter. Therefore, this week, I am leaving you with a short poem on living and loving, titled live again.

Made with Canva and Prisma

Stay healthy and well, and have a blessed week, everyone.


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