At the end of every year I try to purge old files and do a general cleaning of my office and inevitably I come across something that I had tucked away in a book, a corner, or a drawer that I was going to get to “later”. This year I uncovered a few poems from an old friend that I have not seen nor heard from in many years.
We both belonged to a writer’s group that met up every couple of months or so and as writers do, we exchanged thoughts, fleshed out ideas, shared our writings, encouraged each other, and practiced our craft. It was great fellowship and highly inspirational. I don’t know where she is these days but this poem is the PERFECT opening act for this New Year. And I’d like to use her words to express my sentiment for you in 2014.
BTW, if anyone out there knows Lori C. Fraind, tell her I’m looking for her and would love to read her new works.
On joy, Consist
Of joy. Persist
With joy. Be kissed
By joy. Exist
Smudge your forehead
With joy. Beat your breasts
With joy. Splash your pulse points
With joy. Get joy
Under your fingernails.
Your fragrance. Your best protection
Is joy. Your most powerful suit
Let the dawn
Bring joy. Make the day
Bright joy. See the sunset
Your best revenge
Is joy. Bridge your differences
With joy. Hurdle your obstacles
With joy. Meet your challenges
With joy. Leap headlong to your goals
In joy. Be kissed
By joy. Persist
With joy. Consist
Of joy. Insist