Happy Thankful Thursday!
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 eachother.
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”
This Thursday I talked about taking part in Reading Deprivation Week last week as part of The Artist’s Way group I am running. I learned so much from restricting my reading for 5 days — no social media, no books, no Medium. I’m planning to publish an article about it soon, so stay tuned.
Alright, here are my ten selections for this week, in no particular order:
- Christina Ward 🌼, the Founder and Creator of “Poets on Medium (POM),” one of my very favorite Facebook groups, recently asked members to share their love poems. Little did I know that Christina, who typically doesn’t write love poems, posted one that stole my heart. It feels true and real — love that happens underneath the puffery of Hallmark holidays. Read her beautiful love poem here:
2. The title of Maggie Lupin’s article features a question I think about myself sometimes. Granted, I’m married, but we are currently choosing not to have children. Maggie honestly and vulnerably and shares her thoughts on this topic that I find to be both personally relevant, and socially significant. Read her article here:
3. Rebeca Ansar shared a beautiful short story about love — real love. What I think being in a relationship looks like — killing plants and all. I cannot keep flowers alive in my house. I get it — boy do I relate. Read her story here:
4. Zach J. Payne never fails to amaze and dazzle me with his stunning sonnets. There isn’t one I haven’t fallen in love with since I discovered Zach’s poetry. His talent is immense. Read one of his latest sonnets that I found moving here:
5. Anna Rozwadowska’s poem “Empathy” struck a nerve with me. I sometimes lose control of my empathy. It feels like it’s not a choice. If feels stronger than I am. Anna’s imagery in this poem reads like art. It is emotional. It made me feel raw, and it made me reflect. I loved it. Read Anna’s poem here:
Imbued fluctuations of the heart; ripe for the slumber of choice, bending the steel of compassion~radiant flowing…
6. It’s collaboration time! First up is my collaboration with Tre L. Loadholt. I was honored and excited when Tre approached me about doing this collaborative piece. Tre calls me “The Ender” because she likes the way I end my poems. She asked me to write an ending for this one, and I was stunned. I admire Tre so much — her writing is powerful and her talent is out of this world. I love the way this piece turned out, and I am thankful to have been a part of it. Read our collaboration here:
7. Collaboration #2! This poem is epic — a collaboration between Anna Rozwadowska, Christina Ward 🌼, Zach J. Payne and yours truly. Four Poets came together to write “a poetic essay” about humans and nature. I am infinitely thankful to Anna, Christina and Zach for collaborating to write this poignant piece. Read a bit more about our process here:
A collaborative, poetic essay with Anna Rozwadowska, Christina Ward 🌼 and Zach J. Payne
Read the main text of the poem in Literally Literary, here:
A Collaboration between Anna Rozwadowska, Christina Ward🌼, Sam Kimberle, Zach J. Payne
8. Guérin Asante wrote this short poem that has the spirit of a Tim Burton film — or perhaps even a little darker and more powerful. It also makes me think of Rob Zombie — classic horror mixed with whimsy. It appeals to the little goth girl in me and I love it. Read his poem here:
9. Ashwini Dodani published this sweet poem that reminds me of my husband, who also has the salt and pepper look. It is beautifully written, and gives me a little peak into what that part of aging might feel like for my partner. Read his poem here:
10. Jessica Archuleta is in the process of writing a series of poems about her children. I love how delicate this one is about her daughter Marina Esperanza (Little Sea and Hope). Jessica says that Marina has been a source of healing for her and her family, and I can feel it in the poem. It is wonderful and calming. Be sure to follow Jessica so that you can read the rest of her mini-series. Read Jessica’s poem about her daughter Marina here:
And that’s a wrap for Thankful Thursday Post 7! 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.
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