Poetry, Comedy, and the Modern World — Miscellany Pages

Yes, we need happy poems and comedy in today’s modern world and talented Florence of Miscellany Pages understood the necessity and created an anthology titled ‘Poetry, Comedy & The Modern World’.

Twelve poems and a bonus, Lysandra Furstenberg’s Right to Life.

Do head over and read for joy:

Poetry Comedy Modern World

To experiment with the idea of making poetry more fun, I created an anthology entitled ‘Poetry, Comedy & The Modern World’ for a recent project on my English Literature degree. I thought I would share the twelve poems that made their way into the final anthology here on my blog! I hope you enjoy exploring and, hopefully, having a bit of a laugh along the way…

via Miscellany Pages

BONUS: Right to Life by Lysandra Furstenberg

And last but not least… I appealed for submissions related to poetry & popular culture on this blog before the theme had to be narrowed down to comedy specifically. The lovely Patricia Furstenberg suggested a poem written by her daughter Lysandra. While it deals with more serious themes than those above, it is powerful and worth sharing:

Right to Life

“Think about it…
How many stories in your LIFETIME have you heard,
About someone who has
Committed suicide,
Held captive,
Tortured,
Killed?

How many stories have you heard?
One, two, five stories?
We all have heard about one or another story that follows along these paths,
But have you heard about someone who was captivated emotionally,
Or worse; spiritually?

How many stories have you heard?

In our generation, we have this bad habit of
Concealing,
Forgetting,
Ignoring,
The pain that digs deep inside us and
Tortures,
Breaks,
Scars,
Our hearts, our minds, our souls.
How many stories have you heard?

Do you remember William, or Casper, even George?
No?
Don’t you remember making fun of
Willie, Casper the friendly ghost and Georgie Porgie?
Well, they certainly remember, if they are even still alive right now.
Oh, and if any of you are reading this right now, congratulations.
I applaud the content that you had, to just simply exist, you deserve it more than anyone else, even the favorite one.

And if any of you bullies have suddenly remembered, don’t worry,
You’re still special.
Everyone is,
Even the quiet girl that you never hear a word out of,
Even the guy who’s always dressed in black
And yes, even the girl who never eats, but is as thin as a golden leaf.

Now, this is no story, it’s all true, even though we all keep
Concealing,
Forgetting,
Ignoring,
The facts, the things that
Tortures,
Breaks,
Scars,
Our hearts, our minds, our souls.

But we are all more than these
Rumors,
Stories,
Lies,
We are all so much more.

Have you ever felt simply…
Alive?
In awe?
Amazed?
Have you ever felt that you were
On the top of the world?
That nothing could bring you down?

Well, if you haven’t,
You deserve it,
You deserve to live your life of freedom,
You deserve to follow YOUR dreams, YOUR wishes, YOUR heart.

You deserve to be that person that is
Happy,
Content,
Confident,
Alive,
Because that, my friends, is TRULY living.”

Copyright © Patricia Furstenberg. All Rights Reserved.

Lysandra’s poem received the 2017 Renee Duke Youth Award sponsored by Poets for Human Rights and was included on the Poets for Human Rights subscription list. It is also included in her debut poetry collection which you can buy here:

https://getbook.at/RightLife

Green Are… Poem and Photography from my Garden

Green Are... Poem and Photography from my Garden - Thoughts on green and why green is good, but only if it comes in a bunch

Green Are, Poem and Photography from my Garden

Green are the leaves that grow between birds
Outside my window, playing hide and seek with the sky.
And green are the last of my vineyard’s hopes too,
Among rusty leaves, the last of a summer of grapes.

Green are my thoughts, the ones you see through my eyes –
Is my soul green? I surely hope it still is.
And green are the thoughts I keep in my heart,
For they are not ripe-green yet.

For green is good, I think,
As long as aplenty green things there are.
The singular green frightens me, envious and cold,
Therefore green is good in a bunch.

For green were the seas of my childhood tales
Of maidens who could and princes who dared, a tad.
And green were my teen years,
When I thought I could do it all, like them.

Green are the spines on my bookshelves now,
And a magic green pencil lays on my desk
For the times inspiration fails me,
I pick it and its energy handwrites me new tales.

Green Are Poem Photography

Green are my hopes that end one more decade,
And I think that’s pretty cool too.
For green speaks of more springs to come,
Of harvests of hopes, and a future in green.

Green Are Poem Photography

If you enjoyed ‘Green Are… Poem and Photography from my Garden’ you might also like to read:

Poets, Poetry and a Pandemic
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One World: Together At Home #OneWorldTogetherAtHome

one world together at home a poem

One World: Together At Home is an unique, never before seen world wide event in support of health care workers and World Health Organization (WHO).
This is my acrostic poem.

On the day when the world turned outside-in,

None went outside, we were all forced within,

Enclosed between walls we once called a home

With our loved ones close, yet all alone.

On the day when most likely to happen

Remained inside a book and the unknown

Lived among us, with no face and no form,

Desired by none, the unwanted guest

That stuck to every thought, cornering hope

On the last step of a tower of soap.

Gravel underfoot, being in a crowd

Ever happened? Was a dream saved on cloud?

That day, nameless for us, for them meant fight,

Humble in white or blue, up dawn to night

Emerging in a mask to fight the plague;

Routine, for them, is stop faceless outbreak.

Attack, advance, retreat, regroup, surprise;

Thread gently, beam, cheer up, engage, excite.

Halt the pandemic, lock it in glass vile

Once and for all. We watch from a safe mile.

Meet us for a hug outdoors thereafter

Edit life for now, put back the laughter.

One World: Together At Home, a poem © Patricia Furstenberg

Have you watched the One World: Together at Home on the 18th of April?

My favorite performance must have been the one by Jennifer Lopez performing “People” (this classical Barbra Streisand song).
One World: Together at Home, J Lo, “People”:

You can watch the entire One World: Together at Home show here on YouTube.

Artists featured in the broadcast included:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Amy Poehler
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Awkwafina
  • Billie Eilish
  • Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
  • Burna Boy
  • Camila Cabello
  • Celine Dion
  • Chris Martin
  • David & Victoria Beckham
  • Eddie Vedder
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Elton John
  • FINNEAS
  • Idris and Sabrina Elb
  • J Balvin
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • John Legend
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Keith Urban
  • Kerry Washington
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lang Lang
  • Lizzo
  • LL COOL J
  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Maluma
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Paul McCartney
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas
  • Sam Smith
  • Shah Rukh Khan
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Taylor Swift
  • Usher

Artists featured on streaming platforms included:

  • Adam Lambert
  • Andra Day
  • Angèle, Anitta
  • Annie Lennox
  • Becky G
  • Ben Platt
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Black Coffee
  • Bridget Moynahan
  • Burna Boy
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Charlie Puth
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Common
  • Connie Britton
  • Danai Gurira
  • Delta Goodrem
  • Don Cheadle
  • Eason Chan
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Erin Richards
  • FINNEAS
  • Heidi Klum, Hozier
  • Hussain Al Jasmi
  • Jack Black
  • Jacky Cheung
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jameela Jamil
  • James McAvoy
  • Jason Segel
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Jess Glynne
  • Jessie J
  • Jessie Reyez
  • John Legend
  • Juanes
  • Kesha
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Lang Lang
  • Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Liam Payne
  • Lili Reinhart
  • Lilly Singh
  • Lindsey Vonn
  • Lisa Mishra
  • Lola Lennox
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Maren Morris
  • Matt Bomer
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Michael Bublé
  • Milky Chance
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Natti Natasha
  • Niall Horan
  • Nomzamo Mbatha
  • P.K. Subban
  • Picture This
  • Rita Ora
  • Samuel L Jackson
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Sebastián Yatra
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Sho Madjozi
  • SOFI TUKKER
  • SuperM
  • The Killers
  • Tim Gunn
  • Vishal Mishra
  • Zucchero

Poets, Poetry and a Pandemic

Poets, Poetry and a Pandemic

We need poets and poetry more than any time before, today when we are faced with a worldwide pandemic because poets have more heart in their hearts and more life in their poems than these are pandemic statistics released daily.

We need poets and poetry to help us escape from the present, apparate ourselves to a time where all is well with the world and amour’s heartbreak or the familiar in nature are enough to fill our daily thoughts.

Poetry, much like a warrior in disguise, is a shot of strength and optimism hidden under a shabby, fragile clothing.

In a time when the focus is on the outer world, poetry stirs emotions within ourselves, shifting our focus inward, even for a brief time; releasing emotions, tensions, and fears.

In a world focused on living inside walls, poetry brings back images of nature, this millennial reminder that, no matter what, life survives, life goes on, life is beautiful.

Poets Poetry Pandemic
Poets, Poetry and a Pandemic

During a time when life seems to stand still, yet hours do stretch beyond the norm, leaving us out of tune with the passing of the day or of the week, poetry is the portal we can use to escape the cabin fever, the lockdown pressure, the endless thoughts and questions swimming in circles through our mind.

During times when life focuses on harsh reality, on stark colors, poetry is a lyrical rainbow. Like any color, perceived as a different shade by each individual, poetry leaves space to interpretation, something we do crave during times of pandemic, when scientists seem to be having it black on white. Death seems so technical these days, so sterile. Poetry is the colorful glass we can look through to connect with the world on an emotional level again.

Poetry ~ and books ~ are the only needed luxury during a pandemic.

Stay safe.Stay same. Read a poem.

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A Love Letter to Coffee and What Coffee Is Best Paired With

The simplest way to enjoy coffee? Pair it with an interesting book.

If you love coffee as much as I do then each day is coffee day, but what about writing a love letter to coffee?

My American readers celebrate #NationalCoffeeDay on September 29th, but the whole world overjoys on the 1st of October, #InternationalCoffeeDay! Woohoo!
I dedicate this post to coffee lovers all over the world!

The simplest way to enjoy coffee?
Pair it with an interesting book. Image by @PatFurstenberg
The simplest way to enjoy coffee? Pair it with an interesting book.

A Love Letter to Coffee

My beloved, it has only been moments since I’ve left you and… I already miss you!

I will not shy away from my feelings for you! You are my one, true joy in the early hours of the morning. No matter how restless my night has been or how busy my daily schedule is, sharing those special moments with you in the morning, holding you, reveling in your scent and your full body… Oh, nothing can take away the simple pleasure of our time together.

How sweet and understanding you are of my living you behind each morning. You do know that there is no one else for me, but you. I always return to you.

You are so unique, yet your flamboyant personality has me under a spell, I can never get bored with you. 

Others?  Don’t bend your ear to childish gossip. There is only one for me and that one is you.  The others, as you perceive them, are but mere acquaintances. No even a fling, but a brush with cruel, ordinary life. None will ever stand a chance near you, let alone compare itself with you, my beloved. They are. .. so different, so much more less than you will ever be. They do not have your charm, the strength of your core, your unmistakable perfume. They are not you. They can never take your place.

Oh, the way you can change your looks, it never ceases to surprise me! And the heavenly scent of your voluptuous body, always surprising, yet always them same; homely, unique, promising.

You can be hot or cold, I’ll take it; I’ll never turn you down.

My Espresso, my Latte, my Cappuccino, my Americano, my Chococino, my Macchiato, my Viennois…

With all my love, forever and always yours,

The coffee lover

I wrote this letter to support the book review and lovely blog post created by Joanne of Portobello Book Blog during my Spring 2018 blog tour with my book As Good as Gold.

As Good as Gold, A Dog's Life in Poems
As Good as Gold, A Dog’s Life in Poems

Besides BOOKS, what else can one pair coffee with?

Chocolate, of course! Since both tend to originate from similar regions of the world… Try Dark Chocolate with Brazilian Coffee if you dare…

Sweet pastries, bread, doughnuts, and dairy also go really well with coffee…

Poultry is said to go well with a coffee with fruity notes like the coffee from central and east Africa, while red meat is best paired with a dark roast coffee originating in the Pacific Islands.

Last, but not least, berries go well with the coffee from east Africa, while pitted fruits such as peaches, plums, apricots, and the citrus fruits enhance the taste of coffee originating from central Africa and central America.

I love how Gertrude Stein speaks of coffee:

Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.

Gertrude Stein, Selected Writings

I hope you will have a fabulous day today and will never have to say:

“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

How do you enjoy your coffee?? I love coffee during any time of the day, milk, no sugar. I am not very fond of espresso though, but I love cappuccino, cafe latte, macchiato, chococino, Viennois you name it and – in summer – the iced coffee!

You might also enjoy reading, paired with a cup of coffee: A Journey through the Medieval City of Sighisoara.