Hello fellow poets,
I wanted to take a minute and really express some heavy gratitude that I wasn’t sure how to say until tonight.
First, I want to say thank-you to Brian Miller at dVersePoets for inviting me to co-host tonight’s prompt. For me, it was a once in a life-time opportunity. It means more to me than words can even express which is pretty big, I usually have a lot to say. It made me feel like I was a part of something that I have come to look forward to multiple times a week.
As an adult on the Autism Spectrum, I often struggle in social situations for many reasons and I often find I feel left out because I don’t know how to respond or because I have inadvertently misunderstood the message itself.
Last May, when I wrote my Ivory at Midnight, and was encouraged to share it, I was nervous. I thought – what if they hate it? What if they say – “You call that poetry?” I was more than comforted by the welcome I received and soon learned I had found a gold mine of writers who write with a passion I never thought was possible at times.
It might sound goofy or dramatic to say that DversePoets changed my life – but it actually did. I actually haven’t read a book in awhile because I constantly have catching up to do with all of your amazing pieces.
During Open Link Night, I often curl up in my reading chair and read them aloud. I try to read all of them if I can, because I’m literally worried that I’m missing out on something spectacular. Some of the pieces I have read have literally blown my mind to the point where I have to stop, pause, and read it again. Sometimes I don’t comment because I’m literally speechless but I do my best.
I want to make it known that you all have such a special place in my heart. During my cancer scare last year, these prompts were part of what kept me going. The prompts and talent have challenged me to be a better writer and also a better friend. I couldn’t ask for a better group of poets to be a part of. Stay amazing- keep on – stay just as you are.
Thank-you from the bottom of my heart.