Thursday, June 27, 2019
A Little Slice of Confession Tuesday
I know it's Thursday and I have missed the customary Tuesday Concession. (hanging head low) I hope you will accept this late and tiny slice of my recent life. It's been a week and 3 days since my last confession.
It's also been one debate of 10 Democratic candidates for president last night (another one with 10 more will be held tonight. It's been a Father's day since my last confession, and it has been a jumbling of many books that I am reading at the same time. (That's how everyone reads, right?)
Summer is officially here and we have colorful plants blooming to show for it. Cathy gets truly excited with plants in summer. I think she gets that from her grandmother - who was affectionately known as granny. When I leave in the morning or when I come home in the evening I am greeted by colorful unfolding nature before my eyes. I confess I love this. I love knowing that she loves gardening with flowers too. By the way, we have tomatoes on our tomato plants (our one cash crop).
I had a rejection of poems in a contest since my last confession. I don't often dwell on rejections. I am sure this was a form one too. But it did happen to be the same place that I once received a form rejection with a handwritten note that said, "you were close." But, I digress, the part of this rejection that caught my fancy was as follows... "We strongly believe that a poem's value is not determined by its publication, or by the selection or non-selection by a limited group of readers. The editors urge you to wholeheartedly reject this rejection, and send these poems out again and write some new poems, and sent them out too." I confess this made me smile.
Watching the Democratic candidates debate on the first night, left me feeling a little empty. Of what I saw I was most impressed with Senator Tulsi Gabbard, Julian Castro, and Cory Booker. Elizabeth Warren after a strong initial exchange sort of went to sleep. What she said was pretty much her normal stump speech I've heard countless times. The only negative was that she took a position on health care that would be unattainable as the way the laws are written now, hospitals would have to close their doors over authorized payment amounts. I suspect she would ultimately look for a fix for this but it did seem like a big gaff. No one shined. I expect the bar will be higher tonight.
Another confession, I am working on my annual Poet Crush list. (link to last year) It should be out this month, but I have read so much this past year, I am having to do a fair amount of weighing those being considered to keep it at 6. Hopefully sometime in July? Maybe, Hopefully.
That's it for today~
Be safe and of much joy!