Happy Thankful Thursday!
Today is a special Thursday for me — it is my 10 year anniversary of being with my husband. More on that to come.
For those of you who are new to Thankful Thursday, welcome!
I put together a post each week on Thursday to express my gratitude. Here is my video explaining Thankful Thursday. I feel like a video is more genuine than quoting myself in writing week to week. Take a look at the video recording, below:
In short, just in case you can’t watch the video (or it doesn’t work), each person, story, publication, etc. I select based on making me feel like I want to express gratitude. If you don’t want to follow me or what I write, I’m totally fine with that — that’s not the point of this. But, I love it when you support each other.
Love you all — just trying to spread the love!
Also, if you’re on Facebook and would like to see my live Thankful Thursday updates, please be sure to follow me at: “Sam Kimberle Writer, Creative Entrepreneur.”
Be sure to check out my video from this morning below if you’re interested.
Of course, I’m grateful for reading stories and meeting people through Medium that inspire me every day.
Today is a special Thankful Thursday for several reasons. I’ve already mentioned that it is my anniversary with my husband. My Thankful Thursday video from this morning focused on him and our relationship.
Another reason this Thursday is special is because I have been wanting to do an entire Thankful Thursday post that is only poetry, and articles related to poetry. This is that post.
Because of the new payment system here on Medium, energy around poetry is dwindling. We are doing what we can to stay afloat, and sometimes that means writing less poetry to make a living elsewhere. But, many people are still writing poetry, writing articles about poetry, and sticking it out through the tough times.
Now, more than even before, please support Poets on Medium!
With that goal in mind, here are my poetry selections for this week, in no particular order:
- Thomas Plummer wrote this poem asking to be loved forever. When I read it it almost made me cry. It’s beautiful, but also incredibly vulnerable. I don’t think people understand what it really takes to be committed to someone forever. It’s not easy and it’s often not pretty. It takes hard work, being uncomfortable, and putting yourself and your heart out there every single day. This is what real love looks like — Thomas has done an amazing job with this one. Please read it here:
2. If you are struggling to live in the moment and enjoy being alive in the here and now, this poem written by Elle Rogers is for you. I interpreted the message in this poem to be that we need to forget living for the future and the promises it may or may not bring. The Promised Land is here, and it’s happening right now, so don’t miss it. Elle reminded me of this vital message, and I hope she can do the same for you, too. Read her poem here:
3. Rebeca Ansar’s poetic prowess is undeniable. She has a beautiful way of crafting words into poems that dance off the page — or I guess the screen in many of our cases. Either way, this particular poem tells a story in just a few words about the love that grows between and a man and a woman. Read it here:
4. One of the top of the top Poets in our poetry community here on Medium, Jenny Justice wrote this article about why she reads poetry. Her article should inspire even those who tend to not enjoy reading poetry to read more. Poetry is art. It’s something to be admired and taken in slowly and gently. Jenny has done a great job of expressing all of this and more. Please read and support Jenny’s piece here:
5. In this inspiring poem, Greg Prince reminds us that no matter what, water finds a way to its path. Regardless of the bumps in the road or the obstacles, Greg reminds us that we will find our way, too. The imagery in this poem is soothing and peaceful. It is precisely the message, tone, and perspective that is needed in this community. Thank you Greg for sending this message to all of us. Read his poem here:
6. The realities of what’s happening on Medium right now can be difficult to bear. Guérin Asante shared this poem that I interpret to be about this struggle. It is difficult to be an artist and contribute here on Medium or anywhere else when we’ve all taken such a blow, and Guerin’s honesty about this is refreshing and comforting to me. All I can say is that at least we have each other. We have found eachother and we have community. I found Guerin and most of the rest of you through Medium, too. I am grateful for that. Read and support Guerin’s poem here:
These days, we who serve the muses seem to be embedded into rather hazy acres.
7. Last week was my celebration of being on Medium for 6 months. On Facebook, I asked in several groups for people to send me their poetry with a positive and uplifting message so that I could read and support their work to celebrate. Keara Lou sent this poem along, and it truly moved me. It reflects the essence of being empowered. It’s saying the right thing in the right moment to the naysayers. It’s about knowing in your heart that you can do whatever the fuck you want to do, and deciding you’re going to do it. For a boost and a kick in the butt you might need, read Keara’s poem here:
8. For another powerful message, Ansel Guarneros’s letter to the Poetry community will make you want to take action. Well, it at least made me want to take action. As a result of reading this article, I have ideas brewing that I can’t wait to share with you all, but likely will not happen until the new year. So stay tuned! Main message: Poetry is not dead. We can get through this together. Read and support Ansel’s letter here:
9. Zach J. Payne isn’t just the Master of Sonnets, he is the Master of Creating Masterpieces. I don’t know if I’ve said this publicly or not, but I truly believe that Zach is the best all-around writer on Medium. I guess what I mean is that if we were all in a “So You Think You Can Dance” competition, but it wasn’t dancing and it was instead about writing, and we all had to write in different categories and be judged from week to week, Zach would win. I hope that makes sense, but I guess what I’m getting at is that he is a truly well-rounded, fan-fucking-tastic writer in every category. This particular piece is a series of 4 sonnets for God’s sake! Not only, that but the sonnets all relate to one another in topic, content, and theme. It is a majestic piece of art. If you haven’t read it, you need to right now:
10. Music and poetry often walk hand in hand. Tre L. Loadholt recalls the imagery of song and includes it in this stunning poem about the strength and beauty of a woman. A strong woman is someone to admire, I cannot agree more. May we all know them, love them, and strive to be them more and more every day. Read Tre’s empowering poem here:
Thank you to those who are a part of Thankful Thursday Post 16! Thank you to each of you for putting your work into the Medium community, allowing me to read it, and making my life a little brighter. You are wonderful — I am thankful for you.
Please read and support each other’s work — that means the world to me.
Also, here is my Facebook Live video recording from this morning. Since it is my 10 year anniversary with my husband, I talked about the reasons I am thankful for him. I shared that I am grateful that he and I are a good team — we work well together. He has a much different perspective on life than I do, and when we come to a decision, it is well thought out.
Though I didn’t talk about this in the video, I am extremely grateful that my husband is supportive of my creative ambitions. Over the past 10 years we have been through a lot — more than other people would be able to handle together, I know for sure. Our relationship has stood through many tests, challenges, and hardships. But, it’s still standing. There’s something to be said for that, really. I said it this morning and I’ll say it now: somehow, we keep choosing each other again and again.
If you would like to watch this Thursday’s video, you can see it here:
Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Thank you for reading!
Sam Kimberle is a Writer, Poet and Artist. Her primary creative mediums are words and clay. She received her B.A. from Dickinson College in Religion and Philosophy, M.A. from Temple University in Comparative Religion, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Instagram: Sam Kimberle, Facebook: Sam Kimberle, Writer Creative Entrepreneur.