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  • March 27th, 2009 | 10:23 AM
Poetry Friday - An original poem

I didn't get up this morning with the intent to write an original poem. In fact, I have been so focused on getting the word out for the Library-lovin' challenge which is the brainstorm of the uber-smart[info]writerjenn that I forgot all about it being Poetry Friday at all, despite my promise to myself to get more involved in it. Then I went to my own post on the Library challenge, hoping to have at least broken through 100 comments and I was surprised and a wee bit sad to see it at only 75. I wonder if people are afraid their is some sort of catch? Are they worried that if they leave a comment, despite all our promises, they are going to get a bill in the mail demanding their donation? Are they afraid that we're tracking their names and IP address and who knows what else for some other less-pure purpose? Or do they believe that just one comment can't make a difference so they don't even bother? No matter what the answer I do hope that the cause will gain momentum through-out today and tomorrow.

As I said, I woke up thinking about libraries and how much they have meant to me over the years. I have often said the books saved me until I was strong enough to save myself. And the idea for this poem came to me....rough around the edges as I just wrote it an hour ago.


Where do I go
when home is not enough
or becomes too much
to bear?

Where do I go
to find myself
when I am lost
to find others
who are just like me
or not like me
or from a place
I wish I could call
my own?

Where do I go
to take a chance
to follow my dreams
to learn to believe
who I am
is more than enough
for me to be?

I go to books
and find
new worlds

I go to books
and find
new friends

I go to books
find myself.

Susan Taylor Brown
@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009

The full Poetry Friday round-up is with Julie Larios at The Drift Record.

If you love books and libraries as much as I do, please consider backing up one post in the blog and making a comment to help the cause.

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 13 comments — Leave comment )
March 27th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
That's lovely! I especially like to learn to believe, who I am, is more than enough, for me to be.
March 27th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That line is a lesson I've spent a lifetime learning.
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March 27th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, it is HUGE! But don't you find it funny that so many people AREN'T commenting...like they think something weird is going to happen?

Lovely idea of that suggestion. I'm touched.
March 27th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Nice poem! I guess we were both visited by a muse, eh? Stupid question: do I need to put that little copyright thing on blog posts of original work?
March 27th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I guess the copyright thing depends on how worried you are. I've started doing it for poems and teasers.

By rights the fact that you wrote it, on your blog, and posted it, it is copyrighted by you.

I think it's like locks and alarms that keep the honest people honest.
March 27th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday
Love your poem. I had no idea, I knew April was poetry month, all the kids at BBC (breakfast book club) got poetry books to keep. Reading for fun = happy smart kids!
I'll have to go and write a poem now!
March 27th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Poetry Friday
Thank you.

And yes, every Friday is Poetry Friday!
March 27th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
This poem touched me, because I felt exactly the same way. Thanks so much for writing it today!

I'm at 68 comments; I didn't know what to expect, but I tend to agree with you -- there are lots of people on my friends list alone who haven't commented, and I'm wondering what the big deal is about not participating in a good cause. It only takes a second to comment and each one counts for a lot. I'm still hoping to break 100, but I know how quiet the blogs get on the weekend.
March 27th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words about my poem. I would have been lost as child without the library to run to.

It is so very odd...I mean, yes, there's my friends list but I thought I've probably been filtered to a lot of sub-lists that don't get read all the time (I've lost a lot of readers) but I posted it on the Children's Writer list on Yahoo Groups and they have like 3000 members? I posted it on Real Writing Teachers and they have over 1000. I posted it on my local SCBWI group. It's on Guys Read Litwire and Betsy Bird's column. Oh, and I went to Myspace and posted about it on a couple of library groups.

And I sent a Myspace message to every local library in and told them about it.

Boggles the mind.
March 27th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Lovely. :)
March 27th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Becky.
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March 27th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Actually I think that is an EXCELLANT idea!

Thanks, Laura.

I tend to find myself pushing my blog more than my website lately. How about you?
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March 28th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Laura. I really enjoyed seeing how that part of your world worked and your class was awesome.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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