A Poem A Day

 Lil Dau's face of pure bliss!

Lil Dau's face of pure bliss!

Good afternoon champs! It’s a warm and sunny day in Los Angeles and I began my week off right with a hike at Griffith Park with Lil Dau. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Lil Dau, she is my cousins’ eight year old Pomeranian. A couple of months ago her little knee gave out and now she cannot brave the trails like she used to. Not to worry though, I carry her around in my backpack when the paths get rough and the incline increases. Sometimes I even cradle her in my arms like she an infant child, ha. Either way, we are both having a grand ole time and she brings laughter and smiles to everyone who passes by.  

After the hike, I freshened up and now I am currently sitting in a coffee shop down the street from the house to crank out some writing. I am determined to keep my schedule and hone my craft. I was unsure of which content to provide you with this afternoon, but I think I have the balls to share what I really wish to share.

About two weeks ago I set the goal to write one poem a day for a year and here is a sneak preview. 

4/365
Why now?
Because it took my heart a little longer
to catch up with what my head already knew. 

9/365
Rejoice in what makes you, you
Because you are a gift to this world
And I am privileged to have met you. 

13/365
When your skin touches mine,
Can we dance in the rain?
With nothing but laughter,
And not an inch of shame.
When your skin touches mine,
Can we lie together tangled in the sheets?
With nothing but love,
As our two hearts meet. 

15/365
Find comfort in solitude, my dear.
Make it your own,
Because when you leave this Earth,
You do so alone.

At the end of the year, I wish to compile the poems into a collection and share them openly without shame. The goal of this exercise is not only to hone my craft, but to overcome my fear of sharing it with the world. I am excited to see where this journey will take me and how my writing and confidence will develop through time. Don't get it twisted through, I am also scared shitless kids. 

Outside of writing, I am really grasping the concept that my words hold value. I touched base on this briefly a few months ago; the only difference now is the progress I have made. It has taken life experience and words of wisdom from individuals dear to my heart to get the ball rolling; not to mention the huge leap outside of my comfort zone. 

The initial push was to begin publishing raw and honest blog posts, to hold nothing back and to truly share my life experiences and the emotions to match. I believe I am slowly but surely achieving this with each and every post that is released for your viewing pleasure. The next push was to welcome the same raw and honest living in my day to day life. I have always been what one would call a “people pleaser”. As a result, I rarely spoke up for myself, gave my opinion and demanded the respect I knew I deserved. Executing this has proven to be trickier than anticipated; everything appears to have a learning curve as different scenarios are thrown at me. I do my best with what I've got and I know I will continue to learn and grow as the time ticks away on the clock. I am proud of where I am and what I have accomplished. 

 So yeah, there is my little Monday life reflection for you.

Keep on keepin’ on.

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