Wow! That was a jam-packed weekend
at When Words Collide, Calgary,
so many good presentations
and interesting people to see.
I’m flying home as I write this
with gratitude filling my mind-
to Catherine for inviting me,
and everyone being so kind.
Thanks, Randy McCharles, committee,
and all the helpful volunteers.
The weekend was a huge success
it’s grown so much over the years.
I attended as a poet
as it’s what I know, what I do.
I write a poem each morning
so I always have one that’s new.
Thank you to those who attended
my panels and presentation.
Poetry is alive and well
and holds its own fascination.
READY, SET, GO
Sort out, pack, get ready to go
are my priorities today,
and make sure I have business cards
to exchange along my way.
Off to Calgary tomorrow
to attend ‘When Words Collide’,
present ‘Marketing Poetry’
as I explain each power point slide.
I’ll meet a lot of new people
which I’m excited about.
I’ll also cement some friendships
and have lots of fun, no doubt.
I’ve worked very hard preparing,
been to conferences before—
coordinated for others,
now it’s my time to hold the floor.
Let’s celebrate Canada every day,
not just July 1st each year,
remembering how fortunate
we are to be living here.
We have so many opportunities
and also the freedom to choose.
Participating is what’s important,
no matter if we win or lose.
We can express opinions
on all topics to which we relate,
by word of mouth or in print—
that’s a big reason to celebrate.
Natural beauty is evident
in this vast country of ours,
rivers, lakes, mountains, forests,
meadows – I could go on for hours.
Appreciate all your surroundings,
both near to you and far,
whether you’re walking close to home
or going for a drive in your car.
Take a quiet moment
to be grateful, to feel at peace,
it empowers body, soul and mind
and allows stress to be released.
Celebrate with family and friends,
associates and neighbours too.
Be aware of your surroundings
and treasure each unique view.
Have a safe and wonder-filled long weekend everyone.
Through aches, pains and challenges,
I can shine my inner light,
giving a message to others
that everything is alright.
My light triggers positive response
which energizes me.
Sympathy, pity and negative vibes
build up negativity.
I try, at all times, to be positive—
in my thoughts, speech and reactions,
creating a lifestyle that works for me
and not detouring into distractions.
Being with like-minded people
supports me, in all my roles.
I don’t waste time with Nay Sayers,
just be with those who feed my soul.
My inner light is powerful
guided, supported, cared for.
When opportunity knocks, and it does,
I willingly open my door.
This is the poem I shared on Canadian Business Chicks Nest BLAB session. The candle drawing was part of the poem’s creation.