City of Roses
After being a ubiquitous linchpin of this community for the greater part of this previous decade, I abruptly nearly fell off the face of the Earth to so many of you; with my presence here being limited to on-and-off cameos for the past few years, and being absent altogether last year.
Many of you have wondered what had happened, and if I was alright. The truth is, over the past several years, I've endured a whole lot: much of which at the time was painful and daunting, from semi-estrangement from loved ones in my family, to persisting unemployment, to struggles integrating socially, to ongoing dilemmas in finding my chief callings in life. As much as I regret admitting this, I felt uninspired in so much of what I was writing, and so absconded from these robin egg blue pages: feverishly wandering to fill the void within me.
However, beginning this past year, I'm enraptured to announce I have been blessed by so much!
I have found my voice. I have decided to devote my heart to modeling, with a special emphasis on the neurodiverse and sex-positive communities. I want to use my platform as a model to advance and advocate several core passions of mine, including sex-positive activism, eco-consciousness/sustainability and autistic awareness.
For the first time in my life, I have experienced what it means and feels like to love and to have been loved in return. To go as recently as less than a year ago to inconsolably wonder if I was doomed to walk the world alone and was incapable of love, to now having fallen in love, is an extraordinary, mountain-moving achievement in itself.
I have received great recognition and utmost encouragement from so many in the community with regards to my raison d'etre and magnanimous aspirations that they are looking to elevate my profile and give me the platform to bear my heart to a broader audience.
And................I'm blessed that, as much as I've blossomed, that I still maintain close connections with some of you here. It is quite a rarity that over a decade can go by and such acquaintances and friendships you make on a forum like this prove to stand the tests of time. Yet, that's exactly what has happened here.........and Ron's selfless gift to thousands of poets alike, Passions In Poetry, is a timeless testament to how one visionary and a circle of believers can truly create something of once-in-a-blue-moon majesty!
And the fact I'm not alone among those who have been distant from these robin egg blue pages in recent months..........only to return spontaneously.........speaks to the unparalleled warmth, appeal and camaraderie these pages harbor!
(wipes warm tears) I'm just simply gladdened to be back here, and I'm also tickled pink to declare that I have some new poetry I'll be debuting by this weekend! Yayness!
Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder! My heart hemorrhages of fondness for this passionate patisserie of poets! (big group hug)
Noah Hibiscus Eaton
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"