Keep it Classy

Superlatives At Work!

Alternate Title:  Oh, the places you'll go!

That's good copy. No, really. The writer: 1) caught my attention, 2) made me stop (to snap a pic), and 3) took a fresh perspective. That's a win!

But before we head over for happy hour, let's explore the definition of "classy" . . .



Thankful Thursday: Have a Martini

Because attention attracts gratitude and gratitude expands joy, it's time for Thankful Thursday (on, err, Friday).

I'm easy to please — just write me a letter. Handwritten notes make me giddy. This week I'm thankful for a bounty of kindness: completely unexpected and unsolicited letters and cards in my mailbox. And tucked inside a very nice note was a lovely poem with a touching backstory.

This poem appears in God's Hotel, a book chronicling Dr. Victoria Sweet's work with the poor, homeless and mentally ill at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, California. The author of the following poem is Mr Zed (a pseudonym to protect privacy), who was a member of the hospital's poetry group:

Letter Needing No Stamp

To His Supreme Holiness, the Lord:
I sometimes wonder how you can bear
The dreadful burden of knowing everyone's thoughts.
The anguish, the heartbreak, the agony.
How can you even relax?
Maybe you try not to get too involved.
Or maybe you spend all night, weeping.

Why did you create such a sad world?
Why don't sandwiches grow on trees?
Why do infants die?
Why do honest people get cheated?
Why do the poor get crushed to the wall?
Personally, I would turn down your job in a second.
You can't buy a pie or go to the movies.

And there are always people denouncing you and cursing you.
Some say you had a crazy son who said
I am the Way and the Life.

We must all pray that you never resign or become bitter.
As sad as things seem to be here
Without you they'd be infinitely worse.
Thank God for God
Stay in there buddy
Have a martini once in a while
Create a new universe.

— Mr. Zed


It's Thankful Thursday. Please join me.
What are you thankful for today?


Love that line!

All during Lena's life, Ella had worried about how the world could harm her. But the world could love her as well.


— from Like Normal People
a novel by Karen E. Bender



On Marriage & Divorce

  Today I understand that sometimes couples get what they need from one another and then move on," says January Gill O'Neil. "I wouldn’t be the woman, mother, and writer that I am today without those experiences. And I would not have made it through the divorce without poetry."

She is director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and assistant professor of English at Salem State University.

At 3 Good Books, she shares the books that helped her "get through the most difficult time in my life."



We've got Winners!

National Poetry Month is over.

Poem in Your Pocket Day is done.

And now, our last piece of business — announcing the winners of the Big Poetry Giveaway. Congratulations to . . .

Renee Emerson - winner of Thin Skin, by Drew Myron

Lori Cooley - winner of What It Is, by Lynda Barry

A good time was had by all.

Thanks for playing & poeming.