This is a True Tales Tuesday post. Birthdays mean different things to different people. Most people view them as a reason to celebrate, eat, drink, party, and have fun. I do, too, to a certain extent, but as I get older and older, I have begun to despise my birthday. I’m Turning 45 Tomorow … Read more
Because I am currently working on a book to help others overcome their suicidal thoughts, I accepted this guest post from Jennifer McGregor. It discusses topics such as addition and suicide.
Suicide is Happening More Often These Days
It may be surprising to some, but suicide is actually the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 – 24. And in fact the suicide rate for both genders in that age group has steadily increased since 2007. But young people aren’t the only ones being affected by increased suicide rates. The rate of suicide for middle-aged men has increased by 40 percent since 2008.
From bullying to financial troubles to mental health issues, there are many reasons people choose to take their own lives. At PublicHealthLibrary.org, we’re seeking to educate young people and adults who may be considering suicide about the life-saving resources available to them.
There are many different reasons women may begin abusing substances including physiological, cultural, emotional, and spiritual. Women battling addiction face unique challenges before, during, and after their addictions. Listed below are five of the unique challenges women face when it comes to drug addiction.
1. My Graduation from University Poem, “On This Day”
*This poem was written on Saturday, May 29, 1999, for my mother, on the day I graduated from Lakehead University. I attended LU for five years, after taking four years to complete my high school education. I went back to school when my son was 7 months old, enrolling in a special program for single mothers. The reason the poem mentions “nine” years is because I have combined the years I attended school consecutively after my son was born. The picture above shows my mom’s fridge, which still has the poem on it.
~ON THIS DAY ~
On this day, I stand proud
For soon my name will be heard aloud,
And my degrees will be presented to me.
On this day, I remember the past nine years,
Including much laughter and many shod tears,
And, as I stand here, I look at thee.
On this day, I feel your love and pride
Enveloping me from every side,
And I want you to know how much you mean to me.
On this day, I recall the struggles we’ve endured,
But my unhappiness, you have finally cured,
And now it is time for you to set me free.
On this day, I stand here as a graduate at last,
Making your dreams for me a thing of the past,
And, soon, my dreams will become a reality.
On this day, a new chapter of my life will commence –
One which will be based on goals and common sense,
And I’ll survive just fine, wherever I’ll be.
2. On 44 Years of Marriage
*On July 12, 2013, my whole family got together and took my parents out for dinner for their 44th wedding anniversary. We then all went to their house and had cake and ice-cream. I wrote a poem for them, too.
Here it is:
Not too many people’s parents stay together for 44 years of marriage – most guys split when they see a baby carriage! But Dad loved you, Mom, and wanted a family, And he chose you, of all women, to marry.
I have compiled this collection of 14 poems I wrote from the posts previously published on Poetry Perfected (my free site that I no longer want to maintain). I have been moving many of my poems from that site to this one this past month. I have two other sites, Wording Well and The Blind Writer, in addition to this one.
Haiku poetry is easy to write, consists of three lines, and usually follows the 5-7-5 syllable pattern. The third line generally offers some type of “surprise” or something that is unexpected.
Some people write in a 5-5-7 or a 7-5-5 pattern, which is also acceptable, although I prefer the traditional 5-7-5 pattern.
Much has been written on Haiku Poetry, so there’s no need to rehash it all here. However, for more information on writing Haiku poetry, you can read “How To Write A Haiku Poem“.
Here are a variety of Haiku poems that I have written. Since they are so short, I have decided to include two dozen (24) here. Some are light, some are dark, and some are in-between. I have also included pictures to accompany many of these 24 Haiku poems, and, to identify each them, I have simply numbered them.
If you like a particular one, simply tell me which one (or ones) that you like in the comment section, please!
But… don’t get too happy for me just yet… because I live in Canada and the guy I am in love with lives in India.
How I Met My Janu (and what “Janu” means)
We met on Facebook, of all places, if you can believe that!
It’s kind of funny, actually, because I had been trying the whole “online dating thing” since mid-March (of 2016)… with no luck.
I joined one particular dating site and then, about a month later, I joined another. And the online “dancing” began.
It’s tough trying to get to know someone, especially when many guys lie about what they are truly looking for (most are just looking for a quick hook-up or a one-night stand). It’s even tougher to try and get to know someone when they are playing mind games, lying to you.
After many different conversations and picture exchanges, I decided to meet a few guys in person. However, I didn’t “click” with anyone. The only guy I was even remotely interested in was not 100% interested in me, even though he said he was. I soon found out that he was a liar. I don’t need people like that in my life!
Anyways, it’s a good thing that I didn’t really connect with any of these guys! I wouldn’t have found Mr. X otherwise! (I will call the guy I am in love with Mr. X for now, because he doesn’t want anyone knowing who he is. The customs and cultures in his country are very different from those in North America, and I want to respect his privacy.)
It was Mr. X’s birthday recently, and I wanted to do something special for him.
I made him a poem picture using the letters of his name, took a picture of it, and sent it to him.
I also wrote the following poem for him and sent it to him. I posted it on Facebook, too. Janu, apparently, is Hindi for “my love,” “my dear,” or “my life.” I think it can also be spelled “Jaanu.” I’m not sure. I don’t speak Hindi!!! (However, I’m learning a few words…) 😉
Anyway, here is the poem I wrote:
Happy Birthday to my JANU in India
I wanted to write a special poem to say How much I think of you each and every day. There is something really special about you, And though we’re miles apart, My feelings for you are true. I’m so very attracted to you and think you are a handsome, gorgeous man. I really want us to be together forever, and honestly, truly hope we can. You’ve got a big heart and an intelligent mind, You speak such nice words to me, and are very kind. Despite my past, you show a lot of respect to me, and by your side is where I want to be. I’ve never fallen in such true love so fast before, and can’t wait to see you arrive at my door. If you feel the same way about me, I vow I will wait for you and other people I won’t see. I want us to be committed to one another for life. I’ve even considered – some day – of being your wife. I’m ready for a real, lasting relationship with someone, And I hope that I can stop looking now, that I’m done… Because I found you, or because you found me — Because we found each other — And, that together, we are meant to be. <3 Written on June 25, 2016 for my “Janu.” <3
I first met Victoria at bingo about two months ago. She’s young enough to be my daughter, but is now my bingo buddy and friend. She has a love for nail design, and is on Instagram, showcasing her talents. But her story is a tragic one, as she lost both of her parents within a few months … Read more
Who am I… really? as I struggle with my identity I am confused I want to be free I want to be me I want to see clarity Who am I… really? a writer a mother a sister a daughter a lover a wordster a prankster? a fighter a right-er a wronged one who can … Read more
Originally published on Poetry Perfected. Republished here due to moving and claiming my content. I wrote this a week ago Sunday night, the very night I turned 43, as my dad ended up in the hospital due to a severe illness. Although he is on the road to recovery right now (today is August 25, … Read more