City of Roses
|It's really interesting, really.
You're right about Christmas being the real catalyst. But that's just one piece of the story!
I've always been a hippy spirit pretty much, and though I didn't start writing poetry seriously until February of 2000 when my sophomore English teacher Philippe Ernewein inspired me to, I always had a lust for writing and letting my imagination run wild since I was Mistletoe Cherub, and I've always been fascinated by the free-spirit ideals.
I really reflected my love of nature in my diary when I was eleven, when I went to Nederland on a warm July day and met a writer from olympia, Washington named Rainbow Dancer (his name has become a spiritual character of mine in many of my poems). He goes across the country writing books about bird songs and taking pictures of people wearing peace shirts and making photo album after album of collections of these peace-shirt wearing folks. So he saw me wearing a peace shirt (I guess I've always had the peacenik activist blood in me from the beginning, LOL, giggles), took a picture, then I talked with him for a bit, told me what he did, asked of my inspirations and then told me to not just love the flowers of the Earth, but be among them. I guess those words literally stuck with me all this time!
The first poetry forum I ever posted on after Mr. Ernewein encouraged me to become a prolific, serious poet at the turn of the century was called Papa's Poetry Circle. I kind of coined my own proverb prior to that April 2000: "Dream With The Daffofils" inspired by Rainbow Dancer. I was listening to a lot of Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead at the time, and I guess song titles like "China Cat Sunflower" and "Sugar Magnolia" just got my imagination and imagery running wild, because I have an extreme love of flowers, and I adopted the pen-name Daffodil Angel and it just stuck on from then.
It was a poet named Mutington who became a close friend of mine and encouraged me to post on her new site Mutington's meadow. So I did, and then from there, she promoted the link to Passions In Poetry with Startime and before Christmas in 2000, I decided to join here, yay!
After Thanksgiving, I thought it would be cool to temporarily change my name to get in the holiday spirit, so I just went with Mistletoe Angel. Because I joined here just before Christmas, I used Mistletoe Angel and at the time I thought you weren't stuck with the same pen-name your whole life here, LOL! So really my name was intended to usually be Daffodil Angel here.
But that's absolutely OK, because I consider the Mistletoe Angel name a very happy accident as Bob Ross liked to call it when he made little bloopers doing paintings but just let them be.
I've thought more and more these past four and a half years and I find my name is very philosophically sound too. In that I believe the spirit of Christmas, giving and sharing and caring for the less fortunate, ought to fill our hearts and minds 365 days a year in one way or another, and I'm just trying to give and share my heart in that manner as much as I can year-round.
Also, mistletoe has many mixed meanings and perceptions across the world. Some glorify it as a sweet, seductive entity, which makes lovers kiss during the holidays and such, but other cultures see it negatively as a parasite that kills oak trees. So I guess I'm just a lot of things, and my name is like a walking contradiction, and I guess I'll just let God and everyone else decide who I am!
Mistletoe Angel has really leaked into my regular social identity as well. I use it as a nick-name when I sign greeting cards, petitions, at KBOO radio, etc.
So my name is essentially just that; a happy hippy accident! (giggles)
Yay, I love this thread and love learning of everyone else's origins, yay!
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"