Member Rara Avis
It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since I was surfing the net in the middle of the night and came across an amazing poem written by a man named Sy. Then, as I read other poems and the responses, I could feel the love, the respect and the admiration among this small intimate and passionate circle of poets. I mustered up the courage to post a poem and was so warmed by the poets who opened their hearts to me at a time when life was a little rocky, and those friendships have only grown over the years.
Then when we started to get together, those passionate poets exceeded any expactations of who I imagined them to be, and through the years some of these friendships have grown quite strong, to the point that I consider my PIP friends among the best of my life.
The HOOT 'N NANNY on Cape Cod was an unforgettable experience. What a privilege to hear Kit and Balladeer recite their poetry together - an amazing experience. Since then, Falmouth has become almost like a second home to me, in ways that only "Cellar Dwellers" can understand. A trip to Ft Lauderdale afforded me an opportunity to meet our beloved "Pepper". I got to know 2 of the PIP Musketeers, (Toerag was missing), and to again hear Balladeer recite some of his incredible ballads. The "Meter Man" still ranks high on my list of favorite poets, as do other poets from the pioneer days of PIP and ones who later came aboard.
The fact that I do not participate much any more (due somewhat to health reasons) does not diminish the admiration, affection and warmth I feel when I am in the company of PIP poets.
I am so fortunate to have had a chance to meet Ron and to get to know this gentleman poet, who has dedicated so much time to all of us, and whose efforts have had such a great impact on my life. A "thank you" is not adequate to express my appreciation, so it is fitting to state publicly that the PIP forum helped me to develop as a poet and has enhanced my life to the point that I feel a great sense of fulfillment in my writing, especially the song lyrics, and this in turn helps me to cope with a very ruthless and debilitating disease.
I am so blessed to have had you, Ron, and my dear PIP poets in my life.
Thank you Sharon for this marvelous thread and for all the kindnesses you bestow on a daily basis. You are the heartbeat of PIP and I love you.
(waving to Marge, Denise and Martie)
Fort Lauderdale Fest - 2000
Here's Nan barging in again - but it's only fair.. These pictures are from Liz's trip to Fort Lauderdale in 2000. They're hers to share, and share she shall...
[This message has been edited by Nan (01-07-2009 03:11 PM).]