Gnawing Nervousness … #shortyaward #twitter #atoz

One Stop Poetry - 2011 winner in arts
One Stop Poetry – 2011 winner in arts

It was crazy. A “little blog”, that created a community (on Twitter) for poets, then writers and artists, got huge overnight. A team of  8 people (Adam Dustus, Pete Marshall, Brian Miller, Leslie Moon, Gay Cannon, Claudia Schoenfeld, Jessica Kristie, Chris Galford) who never met, got the notice in March 2011 – “You are going to New York. You are selected as one of the six finalists for the Twitter Shorty Award.” My heart soared, my stomach sank. It was too much to hope for  considering we had just started in July.  As I got out of the cab in Times Square, I saw the smiling faces of the people I considered friends and colleagues standing around dressed to the nines. I shook my head the illusion vanished. “Sad that all these artists/friends could not share in this moment with us.” I opened my eyes looking for  Brian Miller and Adam Dustus wishing that Pete Marshall, our other founder, could have made it across the pond.

“It’s here. It’s now. I am really walking into the auditorium at Times Square.”

It’s not hard for me to imagine things, but this was one of those magical, real moments when they call your name and you’re actually awake. They were calling ours, “One Stop Poetry.”  There was so much chaos they couldn’t get me to the front of the auditorium in time to join my friends and accept the award. It didn’t matter we (each member of the community) were (virtually) standing at the podium as a collective accepting the award.

We tweeted to our supporters “We Won the Twitter Shorty Award for Arts” That tweet circled the globe to poets, writers, and artists.  Each of those folks were part of this. It was a moment to celebrate with them.

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After the awards, I met some other entrepreneurial types who had worked hard to get recognized, and I met a few who obviously stood out in the celebrity arena. Today, I read the first tweets I sent after our name had been called and felt the same pride and excitement. One Stop Poetry had done what we had sought out to do which was creating a community and giving a voice to the poet/writer even if he or she was in the beginning stages of his/her writing journey.

To you who are waiting on the edge of your heels to find out who will be the recipient of tonight’s award – enjoy the moment and celebrate anticipation’s finest moment.

“And the winner is…”

ospshorty

 

Livestream from the ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Lovely Blog Award #award #thankyou

Laura Mercurio graciously has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award

Laura LME  is a poet, published author, radio host/producer of VIM show at GetYourz Radio,spoken word recording artist (PoeticBeatz) and founder of ≈Verses In Motion≈ 
Laura’s most recent work is an EP of poetry in music Absolute ° Gravity“ out now on all major digital stores.

I met Laura several years ago and was at once impressed by her artistic talent. I was so excited when I heard about her book and the other projects that are growing from her creative touch. Laura is a treasure in both talent and heart. She shines as she looks far and wide for artist’s work to share with the world.

7 Unknown Things about me:

1) In university I gave up my studies as an artist to study premed (big mistake)

2) Ive sung backups in several bands (soprano to Bass)

3) Though my daughter is the actress, I have been the supporting lead in several musicals

4) I like dancing under the blue moon

5) I have  too many smart people in my family

6) I dont live on the moon I just visit 🙂

7) At 32 years of age I died in a car accident  (even modern medicine said my being alive is a miracle)

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I humbly offer this award to 15 people who have been like a back-bone of support to me during my sojourn on the dark side of the moon.

“No matter the deed big or small,  a kindness is a gift to all” ~ L. Moon

“The Rules” are:

If you are one of the nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award you must do the following:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to them in your post.
  • Share seven unknown things about yourself.
  • Nominate other bloggers and blogs you like or admire… 15 or so if possible (see below my list…)
  • Contact the bloggers you nominate to let them know and to link them back to your post so they can read “The Rules,” too.

William M

Dani M

Jannie Funster

Bonnie Gray

Roger Baut

Beez Laine

Jenny Matlock

Nina D’archangela

Charles Martin

Yousei Hime

Joseph Pinto

James Ross

April Higney

Sean Vessey

Monty Wheeler

Go for Broke #442nd #memorialday

You always amazed me with that sweet quiet smile
I would pull into my driveway we always talked for awhile
I loved the deep brown wrinkles that formed a content countenance
I never saw a frown as you leaned over our fence
So few of us knew the layers of the real you

A master gardener for a well known  organization was your due

Your work was written up in magazines here and nation wide
I saw those gardens – you have the perfect eye
How surprised was I to find in a simple interview
Of your marked heroism your bravery too
Your dear precious wife proudly brought out your medal
so I plied the story – you played like a fiddle
Layer by layer your story was told
relocated to Tanforan’s racetrack where horses were foaled

Your farms taken your family sent afar
I knew very little then about Manzanar
there I saw “off limits” and shame in your eyes

When that place was mentioned a place you despised

You were proud to be a Nisei son
your parents sought a better life not to be shunned
How could a nation summarily label you as the enemy?
But they did so without thinking – it was delivered shamefully
You were just 18 when you signed for the 442nd
You would have signed up to fight with any unit I reckon
Proud were you and your Japanese brothers

To fight under the American flag you had no druthers

“Go for Broke” was your cry

Many young lives for America died

Each of you shed blood for the cause

Didn’t America know it was their loss?
That limp so dear to me came with pride
to carry several fallen back to safety one lived another died
You are a hero in many eyes
You bring beauty into the world every day

The flowers your beauty always on display

But the thing I realize I see

Is a man with a rich history

And now when I see you I ponder awhile
I dwell on the heart of the man with the tanned wrinkled smile

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to tell you what you have done for this country.
You fought not only the enemy, but you fought prejudice.
And you won.
You have made the Constitution stand for what it really means: the welfare of all the people, all the time.”
– President Harry S. Truman speaking to the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, July 15, 1946

He is gone (Week 20 Poet Rally)

Sun has vanished

moon peers over the plains

gently she whispers

“where have you gone?”

“Radiating light

to other parts of the world”

He booms

None too quietly

She smiles in her dark solitude

Knowing all is well

He is content

In his world

Even when he is gone

he inspires

She glows with pride

Thanks to Jingle for the Award. I would like to pass this award on to a friend Charles Martin.

You can read his wonderful poetry at http://slpmartin.wordpress.com

Thanks also to RC Designer for the lovely photo at dusk (Lic: Creative Commons)

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcdesigner/4070017023/)

Poet Awards

I fail at giving out awards. I should give awards to all of my writer friend for being so good to me.

For this week:

Pete Marshall has become a good friend and great encouragement. Talent flows from his words

http://petemarshall1.wordpress.com

Emmanuel Ibok is always reading my stuff and giving me feedback

http://lordemmanuel.wordpress.com

I”ve appreciated Ediomo getting his feet wet in the poetry world

http://ediomoudofia.blogspot.com

I’ve enjoyed getting to know Brian Walker who is looking for outlets to expand his poetry

www.somenumerical.blogspot.com

Do what you want with these awards they are in honor of who you are as writers!!!

A Tribute To Mother’s

She dressed her little girls in frills

cleaned up her boy’s skinned knees

told stories at bedtime

tucked them in

“Sleep Tight”

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Nights and Weekend Ball Games

toting all that stuff

weekly voice, piano

backstage her Drama Queen

up front

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Driving Driving Driving

remember the brakes

eye on the mirror

can’t afford

mistakes

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Loving them- always

missing them- each day

“call when you can dear

can’t stand when you’re away”

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We love our moms – our mothers

how could we do without

those little touches

that’s what mothers are

all about

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Thanks to playing with brushes  for the sweet picture

and Jingle for the sweet bouquet/ award

The Secret (Thursday Poet’s Rally wk 16)

He was handsome – rakishly so
A magnetism he knew worked in his favor
he sealed the fate of many a doll

No one knew his secret
They never would
He would take his “magic” over women to the grave

One night she got a glimpse
Something she wasn’t meant to see
His secret wasn’t as safe as it was supposed to be

She had a secret too
Might be his undoing
She could release the tongue of any man
Her beauty and charm skilled in wooing

She carried a file of secrets in her heart
She loved each story and the man it footnoted
Each given freely to her

Put these two together
an explosive combination
Could be diabolical
or a romantic duet

What would be her fate-
He wondered?
What would be his story-
She pondered?

Also Wanted to thank dear, sweet Jingle for the Awards from Week 15!!!!