donning crowns for applause
pretending we care
donning crowns for applause
pretending we care
It is so deeply gratifying to find one’s work recognized and appreciated by others. My heartfelt thanks go to Kendall F. Person and Sally Cronin for the honor they have paid to my poem “Music of Scars” with this coveted nomination.
It’s time to take a poetry pause so I can once again thank all who have paid me the honor of visiting this blog. I am grateful beyond measure for your kind consideration and attention. It moves me deeply to realize my writings are reaching so many people, in so many places around the world.
When I began this blog in January, I wasn’t at all sure my amateur poetry and occasional prose thoughts would hold much appeal, especially in this WordPress environment that I long admired for its strong population of talented writers. But you have shown me that there is indeed appreciation for my work, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
At this six-month juncture, WordPress stats indicates “Poesy plus Polemics” has attracted over 15,000 visits, 3,000 comments, and 1,000 followers. These numbers are quite humbling for a retired old businessman. I have some luxury that I know not everyone else has, namely time. My days are no longer busy with the life I once led, and I use chunks of that time to read and contemplate as much of your work as possible. I follow many of you, and comment whenever I can.
I only hope I will continue to find words and forms that you find interesting. One thing I can guarantee is that whatever you read here will genuinely express my thoughts, ideas and beliefs.
Here’s to seeing you all on the “reader.”
– Paul F. Lenzi
July 1, 2013
(P.S. In answer to a couple of questions, my lifelong signature includes my middle initial – for Frank, at first to distinguish me from my father, and later from my son.)
Amazingly, I’ve been nominated for another Sunshine Award. This time by Kristen Mazzola at http://khmazzola124.wordpress.com/, a blog I only recently discovered. She is a versatile, gifted author of poetry, prose, journaling, and all the in-betweens. I’m sure you will enjoy her work as much as I do.
Thank you dearly, Kristen. Your recognition is sincerely appreciated. Please understand I’ve had a spate of recent awards and I just can’t come up with more nominees right now. But I will at least try to answer your questions.
Kristen’s questions for her nominees:
1. What without fail always makes you laugh? – My wife’s retelling stories of all the dumb things I’ve done in our 45 years together.
2. What is your favorite adaptation of a book to a movie? – West Side Story, Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings trilogy
3. Why did you start your blog? – Retired and disabled, I needed an outlet for the mish-mash in my mind.
4. What moment did you realize you enjoyed your job or that you were good at your job? – The first time my recommendations were adopted.
5. Do you have any poem committed to memory? If so, what is it? – “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.
6. What song defines your life? – I haven’t written it yet, but too many country songs come close.
7. What is your first memory? – I can’t remember, seriously. I’m a geezer.
8. What color comes to mind right now? – Orange, as in that sunshine flower.
9. Do you believe that we all have a bigger purpose? If so, what do you think yours is? – To be a better man and, in that, a better example for my children and grandchildren.
10. What time of day do you like to write? – Since my time is my own, whenever the mood strikes me. But mornings seem more productive.
I find myself amazed and somewhat embarrassed by these awards. It’s difficult to describe how gratifying it is to realize my work is being appreciated. Poetry reading always delighted me. Poetry writing always terrified me. It seemed enigmatic and quite foreign to my natural expression. But here I am. And I’m deeply thankful for your interest in my poetry and occasional prose.
Now to the matter at hand.
Many thanks to Anshuman Dash who has nominated me for a WordPress Family Award. His blog “Mute Expressions” can be found at http://anshu2koolman.wordpress.com/. A new blogger with a fresh voice, he was “freshly pressed” after only two weeks on board. I think you’ll find his work deep but hopeful and rather elegant.
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.
My Further Nominations:
I send my appreciation to the Anonymous Misanthrope at http://anonymousmisanthrope.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! You will enjoy his poetry, typically in free form blank verse style. He brings to it a youthful exuberance and considerable intelligence, with remarkable philosophical insight.
Here are the rules:
Ten questions about me, answered:
I further nominate the following 5 blogs for the Sunshine Award (This is a trying task and I simply could not decide on 10 because I enjoy so many bloggers that have already received multiple awards):
A great big thank you to Jane Johann who nominated me for the “Versatile Blogger Award.” You will find her lovely words and thoughts at http://johannisthinking.com/
In keeping with the spirit of the award:
Seven things about myself:
I further nominate the following bloggers whose writing I so enjoy, in no particular order, for the “Versatile Blogger Award.” There are many others whose works are worthy, but they seem to have received various awards long before I found them.
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