City of Roses
Hi everyone! Aside from the posting of several poems late last autumn/holiday season and a poem celebrating Marge's memory, I really haven't graced this community in earnest for the last two years.
The truth is, I fell into a period of disarray in my life where everything was going way too fast for me, and everything from my obsession with eating purely, to my desires, to my failed employment search, simply left me snowblind, and I felt I just needed to take a hiatus and make a genuine, focused effort on living and enjoying life, and I needed to have a life which, in the process, can inspire much better poetry in return.
So, I've been volunteering everywhere I possibly can since the New Year began, where I always made efforts to volunteer before surely but, because I conceded I all but certainly won't be employed until early 2010 at the earliest, volunteering was more a much-loved hobby, rather than my life blood, before, and now I'm adamantly going to and fro, from one corner of the city to another, from Loaves & Fishes to the World Forestry Center to Impact Northwest and dozens of other non-profits in-between................and life has never felt so beautiful and exciting for me! I've been acquainted with so many affable people (in fact, to the point where I see at least two familiar faces every single new place I volunteer, where it's almost as though I've become a local celebrity, LOL!), I've acquired myriads of new skills, my confidence and self-esteem are at zeniths, and I have the physical and mental energy to want to do anything I find!
Now, while I continue to go about volunteering feverishly (I just completed training to become a Volunteer Leader via the Hands On Greater Portland network and have my first two projects as a leader planned out, and am also co-organizing a forthcoming festival for the first time as well), my experiences have inspired all these new poetic possibilities in my head, which I'll be sharing here, which I think all reflect the immense energy, enthusiasm and vigor I have now! ^__^
I posted my comeback poem today, with many more to come, and just wanted to let y'all know I'm not going away, and will never truly be far away, and it is your utmost friendship, support and care that has kept me here for almost a decade now! God Bless Y'all, and hope y'all are having a delightful beginning of summer (or winter for some here as well)! =)
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"
[This message has been edited by Ron (06-23-2009 09:08 PM).]