Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: A Collaborative Invitation – 30 Poems in 30 Days

My Dearest Friends,

After some much needed rest following the book launch last week, I have chosen a new event for the month of September to celebrate #1 Amazon New Realease Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow and each of you.

Here is my invitation to you.

Beginning today, and lasting until September 23, I am inviting you to submit a poetic response to your favorite poem from Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow. The poetic response must be in the written word, and can be a poem or a piece of prose.

Please submit your poetic response to jeffflesch.com@gmail.com

In your email, please include the following:

  1. Your name, or Pename.
  2. Your website URL, and/or social media username.
  3. The title of your favorite poem from Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow.
  4. The title of your poetic response.
  5. Your poetic response. Please add your poetic response to the body of the email. No written word attachments, please. You may, however, submit a photo to accompany your poetic response. Please include the photo credit with the image.

Once received, I will, for a timespan of 30 days and up to 30 poetic responses, post your pieces on my blog. I am accepting these poetic responses on a first-received basis.

It is my intention to post everyday for 30 days, yet there may be times, due to other obligations, where I need to miss a day, and post two or more poetic responses on the following day. Either way, I will post your 30 poetic responses to this blog in 30 days.

I will let you know at least 24 hours prior to the posting of your poetic response, so you know when it will be published.

Though I know all of your submissions will resonate with me, at the end of the 30 days, I will select the 5 poetic responses that resonated with me most, and send these poets/writers a signed copy of Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow.

This event will also serve as the basis for a weekly prompt idea I have, which will launch at the conclusion of this collaboration.

Remember, submissions open today, and will remain open for two weeks, closing at 11:59 PM PT (USA) on September 23.

I will begin posting your submissions on September 24.

I look forward to reading your poetic responses.

If you have questions, please email me at the email address listed above.

All my love and blessings,

Jeff


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Midnight’s Dream

There was a time when sandalwood dawned the day, I remember the blood and sweat, and all the fallen decay.

The night was darker than anyone’s remembrance of our plight. It was as if the sea had crested over the town, leaving in its wake, no sound.

A tinkling in the air was all that was left.

A regard for fairy’s, we used to jest.

In between the tall trees, and the grassy leaves, we spent the summer in midnight’s dream; and, just when I thought darkness might envelop the entire world, a kiss from you sent me toward the light, unfurled.

Emerging from beyond the dream, did we; as stars rained down, and we caught love, watching it bourgeon like the sun.

Do you remember, hon?

It was our first starry night, two lovers underneath a canopy of brilliance, their life barely begun.


Photo by Prettysleepy, Pixabay


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