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Give, Today: A Poem about Helping Others

Give with your heart

Helping others. Share the love. Photo Source: Louise Docker from sydney, Australia, CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hello, my friends! I hope you have had a nice weekend and that your week ahead is a good one. I was reading posts this morning here at WordPress and came across a great prompt at Jeremy’s Daily Challenge. I wrote this poem, based on the prompt to use the following quotation:

  • Giving opens the way for receiving – Florence Scovel Shinn

Here is the poem I wrote, based on this great quote from Florence Scovel Shinn. I hope it starts the week off on a positive foot as we help one another and share smiles!


Give, Today

Give, gamble and
Stop adding up the sums of what is lost –
It’s the earnings that are to be the focus,
Ripe in layers of smiles, with a
Dash of hugs.

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Guest Post for the F.I.T.S. Series on Freelance Writing

Guest Post for Freelance Writing Series

Visitor, aka Guest Post Time! Photo Source: ©2013 Christy Birmingham of Poetic Parfait

One of the best parts of being a freelance writer for more than two years now is that I have met great people and get some unique opportunities. A wonderful project was offered to me recently by writer and editor Lorraine Reguly. She asked me to write a guest post as part of her F.I.T.S. Series on Freelance Writing on her website Wording Well.

The object of the writing series, which is still going at her site, is for freelance writers at different points in their careers (from beginner to more advanced) to offer tips to help other writers. Of course, I wanted to take part! I hope you will visit my post, which just published today, titled The Ups and Downs of the Freelance Writing Field. Part of what I discuss in my post is how to ask for a pay raise and what led me to take that step.

I hope you are having a productive week and happily creating new projects!

~Smiles from christyb

5 Things a Poet Doesn’t Tell You

A poet doesn't tell all

Poets don’t ink everything. Photo Source: Hilary Dotson, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr

What, you mean that a poet might be hiding details from you, the dear reader? Perhaps. Grins. Here are five of the things a poet doesn’t tell you – until now!

Poets and Visions, or Lack of

It’s not always the case that the poet has a vision of what to write about when picking up a pen or putting fingers to keyboard. Instead, some writers go with the flow and get swept up within the moment as one line leads to the next one. This smooth flow often leads to beautiful poems because of its fairly effortless creation.

On Poetry Being ‘Dead’

Despite the familiar cries of readers that “poetry is a dying art form,” poets remain calm. A passionate poet knows that this style of writing remains alive in his or her heart. Even if there were no more buyers of poetry books and interest vanished for the genre, it wouldn’t stop a true writer from continuing to craft odes, sonnets and more. The interest remains in the heart of the creator.

Writing Poetry is Not a Choice

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