The Invitation by Oriah

A dear friend of mine introduced me to this beautiful poem. Thought I’d share it with you.

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The Invitation by Oriah

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved

Just Do It

You have a cup of coffee. Drink it.
You have some time alone. Savor it.
You have a favorite song. Sing it.
You have a story to tell. Write it.
You have a dream. Chase it.
You have a life. Live it.

By Corey M. P.
©CoreyMP

Where I Get My Ideas

Isn’t it amazing how random things can suddenly inspire you to write?

Here’s a little poem I wrote today.

Random (by Corey M. P.)

The song that woke me up
The movie I watched last night
The coffee stain on my shirt
The flicker of the light

The couple holding hands
The dialogue I overheard
The mood I’m in
The way the birds chirped

The blank wall
The purple house down the street
The red door
The people that I meet

The old man reading the paper
The leaf that fell on my shoe
The song that lulled me to sleep
The dream I had that I wish I could go back to

63 Hours and Counting

Hello bloggers!

My writing project on Indiegogo, Poetry for Paris, is coming to a close and I have 63 hours left to reach my goal. I need a little help. If you would like to support my project, or learn more, please click here.

NOTE: Starting today, $10 pledges will also receive a poem!

Here are the perks for pledging:
$10 (Baguette)
I will  acknowledge you on my blog. (Starting today, $10 pledges will also receive a poem!)

$25 (Croissant)
I will acknowledge you, write you a poem and feature it on my blog.

$50 (Croque Monsieur)
I will acknowledge you, write you a poem and feature it on my blog, PLUS, I’ll bring you back a souvenir from Paris. I’ll mail it to you as soon as I get back.

$100 (Moules Frites)
I will acknowledge you, write you a poem, feature it on my blog, and mail you a copy of my favorite movie, Midnight in Paris, plus the soundtrack.

$150 (Boeuf Bourguignon)
I will acknowledge you, write you a poem, feature it on my blog, and mail you a copy of my favorite movie, Midnight in Paris. PLUS, I will name a character after you in my book.

$200 (Foie gras)
I will acknowledge you, write you a poem, feature it on my blog, plus buy and mail you a book from the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris with a personal dedication from me. PLUS, I will name a character after you in my book.

A HUGE thank you to those who have already pledged. To those that haven’t and would like to help, pick your perk and pledge now.

Happy blogging!

Beauty

A HUGE thank you to Claudia for her pledge!
Claudia’s word for her poem is: beauty

BEAUTY
Is it the perfect hair?
And the perfect skin
That defines what is within?

Is it the perfect smile?
And the perfect teeth
That defines what is sweet?

Is it the perfect dress?
And the perfect purse
That defines what we’re worth?

Or is it our hearts?
And our gentle souls
That defines us as a whole?

If you’d like to learn more and support my writing project, Poetry for Paris, you have 4 days left! Pick your perk now and let me write you a poem.

Pledge here.

Happy Mother’s Day!

A HUGE thank you to Samantha for her pledge!
Samantha’s word for her poem: Mother

I wrote this poem dedicated to my mom and to all the mom’s out there…

MOTHER

I know my heart is always safe
Wrapped up in your warm embrace

Your voice alone could mellow me
Dust off the fears that only you can see

My little hands you used to hold so close
My feet you tickled, as you kissed my toes

Your smile still heals my biggest worries
When I call on you, you’re there in a hurry

You never fail to support my dreams
You encourage me, and make me believe

And now here I am, a mother too
I can understand what you went through

I hope to be as brave and strong as you
And have the patience you have too

Today, I greet you Happy Mother’s Day
But I will thank you every day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

May I write you a poem? Help support my writing project, Poetry for Paris.

Thank you!

Dream

A HUGE thank you to Marie for her pledge!
Marie’s word for her poem: Dream

DREAM
A silent journey
Into a stream
Thoughts dissolve
Into a dream

I catch a glimpse
A place or two
I think I see
A different view

A voice I hear
I recognize
The words spoken
I memorize

A memory repeats
Into a scene
And quickly fades
Into a dream

Please support my writing project and help me make my writing trip happen. Simply pledge any amount today and I will write you a poem, plus you can receive other perks!

Thank you for your support.

To pledge now, click here.

A special deal

Hello bloggers and writers!

Just for today, you can pledge as low as $10 and I will write you a poem, as a thank you.

As you may already know, I’ve been working on a small writing project called, Poetry for Paris. I’m hoping to raise funds in order to make my writing trip happen. As a special deal today, I will write a poem for anyone who pledges. Pledge as low as $10 and I will write a poem, especially for you. I will also feature it on my blog with a HUGE thank you!

Any pledge is much appreciated. Don’t forget, there are perks too!

Click here to get started.

Thank you for your support.

Happy writing!

A Poem for You

LOVE

Love gently sings
Boldly dances
And sometimes stings

Love tightly grips
Softly carries
But often slips

Love blindly follows
Quietly rushes
Like there’s no tomorrow

Love swiftly flies
Blissfully travels
And reaches a high

Love calmly holds
Carefully armors
Your heart as a whole

A HUGE thank you to Cara for her pledge! 

If you would like to help support my writing project, please click here.

Again, any pledge would mean the world to me. Remember, there are perks too for helping.

BONUS perk for writers who are self-publishing. I’ll even design your book cover!

Thank you for support.

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wow. A few days of not blogging feels like a year of not working out. Well, it feels great to back. It feels even better because
I just found out that the lovely Robin Coyle nominated me for the The Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks for thinking of me Robin.

Blogging is fun, but it’s a lot of work. Learning that people dig what you write is satisfying. Getting comments on your posts can be inspiring. Receiving awards like this one is encouraging. It makes it all worth it in the end.

The rules of accepting the nomination:
Thank the person who nominated me. Done.
Include a link to his/her blog. Done.
Nominate fifteen blogs I enjoy and follow. Yikes. I don’t have 15, but see below.
Inform said bloggers about their nominations. Done.
Lastly, share seven things about myself. Done. See below.

7 Random Things About Me:

  1. I wrote my first poem at 14. I knew then that I wanted to become a writer.
  2. I wrote my first book as a novella, but later changed it into a novel.
  3. At one point, I wanted to become a professional poker player.
  4. Traveling inspires me.
  5. I’m a foodie.
  6. I’m obsessed with Paris in the 1920’s.
  7. I was a Graphic Designer for 10 years. I am so much happier now as a writer.

Here are my nominations:
The Canary
Sara Flower
Julie McKay Covert
Writing is Hard Work
Writing at Midnight
The Year of Wonderful Weekends
Lori’s Lane Blog
The Short and the Long of It

Thanks again for the nomination Robin!