How I love poetry! My soul is awakened and delighted by the sounds and rhythms. Poetry is as soothing as hearing the classics, or a single guitar strumming, or a piano playing enchanting love songs.
So, today I honor 3 of my favorite poets.
The first poet is an extraordinary woman. Her poetry talks of pain, love, meditation, nearness, illness. She states it as she feels. She loves poetry so much, she has several poetry chat rooms, one of those being Poetry Corner on WD, which is where I met her and Facebook. She moderates her groups with a stern but loving hand, firmly believing we should not insult others in commenting. She recently was described as a mother hen, and she is. She watches over her groups and loves everyone in them. Annika has published a Book of Poetry, which can be purchased on Amazon.
Although suffering from an illness that makes it difficult to eat, she still writes her poetry and stays in touch with us. I fondly call her my 'sis'. Yes, sweet Annika Doe, you are the recipient of my Luminous Luminary Laruel! I have posted her WD Poetry Corner link and Facebook link. She encourages and inspires us non-stop. I know my poetry has improved considerably because of Annika.
The second recipient of this unique award is a poet whose words capture my soul as the sounds of a sitar. Maybe it is because he is from India. India has produced many unique individuals who have helped to shape our world. This gentleman is fast becoming one of those. Never have I read poetry quite like his. He is one who is truly connected to the great Universe, and I am honored to have touched souls with his.
His blog is also unique. He often has tender pictures to go with his works. Don't miss out on reading his works! Indeed, (if I have overstated this - well, I can't help it) he is one of a kind. A star that shines brightest in the midst of stars. I also have his blog linked, and his Facebook page too.
Shiv, you deserve many awards for your extraordinary talent, and for being a loving soul walking upon Mother Earth spreading calmness, peace and love. Therefore, my friend, here is the highest award I can give you - the Luminous luminary laurel. I have added sparkles to yours to match your sparkling soul.
The third recipient today is a poet whose work stands above many. She is a published poet, which is rare these days. Her blog does not con sist of just poetry, but interesting tidbits and questions. She challenges her followers' minds, and I love a fun challenge.
Jennifer hails from one of our breathtaking states - Wisconsin - God's country for sure. What a great place to live for inspiration. And her work shows it! The one thing I admire most about this woman is that she is not afraid to be who she wants to be, even though she lives in a small town. Jennifer is proud of her talent in poetry, and well she should be! It is some of the best I've ever read. She also writes stories, so she is quite creative. She is a kind person, and we need as many of those as possible walking our earth these days.
Therefore, my friend and fellow poet, Jennifer - congratulations you are a recipient of the rare award of Luminous Luminary Laurel. Of course, being from Wisconsin, you could have made your own out of any number of plants, but I know you will treasure this one. Wear it pridefully through that small town of yours. I'm sure many a head will turn. I've also linked Jennifer's blog.
Tomorrow, I will be handing out this prestigious award to 3 authors who deserve awards for their published (or soon to be published) works.
Everyone, lets tell our congrats to these three magnificent poets. Raise your glasses and shout 'Your Poems are as Lovely as a Tree!'