Thursday, January 15, 2015

Poet of the Month--Michael Todd

Round and Round 

By Michael Todd

Round and round and round it goes.
See the motion of the falling snow.
Floats in the sphere, no place to go,
How fascinating, this snow globe.

A picture in her mind appears,
A postcard from her dad, from the lines.
Some days blurry, some days clear,
A memory frozen somewhere in her mind.

Her life in this retirement home,
She spends her time in wait.
Even in a crowd, she's alone,
Not aware of either's fate.

It was the war to end all wars.
Omaha Beach, where he arrived,
Campaign in Europe for his tour.
He never left that beach alive.

His effects sent home to the states,
He stayed behind, was buried there.
Early on, strange twist of fate;
He found that postcard lying near.

From the body of an enemy, slain,
He picked it up, this souvenir,
Bartholdi's legacy, intact, plain.
"If I make it out, I'll take the tour."

A snow globe has a porcelain base.
Filled with water, structure inside,
Turn and shake, snow flakes chase.
Left still, this image will subside.

In a chair, her final sleep, sound;
Behind a glass of water, filled to brim,
The postcard was her final vision,
Save for the one she had of him.

From the editor--It is an honor to announce that Michael Todd is January’s Poet of the Month.  A talented writer, Michael’s poems are enjoyed by Whispers’ readers.  He is an uplifting voice in our poetry community, leaving thoughtful comments that contributors appreciate.  He has actively promoted our online journal leading to the publication of new writers at Whispers. He has also collaborated with another writer for a wonderful poem that was featured at our online journal. It is a pleasure to present him with this award.
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Thoughts on “Round and Round ”--From the initial stanza on, Michael builds us picture of loss, loneliness, and survival.  This powerful poem takes the reader on a journey, one that allows the reader to travel along.  The sadness of the last stage of life left me wishing someone was around to love her.  This is an impressive piece, one that shows the level of Michael’s talent.
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Congratulations and thank you Michael!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.

Sincerely,

Karen O’Leary, Editor

61 comments:

  1. This poem came about, as a result of someone suggesting I write a poem about a snow globe, with the Eiffel Tower inside.
    Writing the poem was a step in a journey that led me to this place, Whispers in the Wind. I would not suggest my journey culminates here, but for just a short while, I think I will pause, and admire the view. It just does not get any better than this, for me. Thanks to the staff at Whispers, and the regular contributors, and also to the casual readers who pass by. There is something special at Whispers for everyone who will just take some time to peruse...

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    1. Dear Michael,

      This staff of one really appreciates your support and efforts in promoting Whispers. I cannot do it alone and people like you make this online journal possible. Thank you so much for your kind comments. What a blessing you are!!

      Karen

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  2. This is so sad, I still miss my wonderful husband after all these years.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. I hope the memories stirred up were good ones. I appreciate your comment, as much as any I have received in a long time.

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  3. Michael this is awesome, you are awesome... & thanks to Karen for the wonderful analysis & for Whispers... with love, caroline x

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    1. Caroline, I would not be here if not for you directing me to Whispers. As soon as I landed, I knew this place was magical. Thanks for being trusted friend and a positive influence on me. You are the best.

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  4. Michael,

    I enjoyed reading your work..Its depth of emotion was alluring to the reader..I could so relate to the aloneness displayed through the elderly lady..It was well written with good rhyme, rhythm, and flow..

    Sara

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    1. Sara... When it became time to write this, I had never been in a comparable situation, or even heard tell of such a predicament. I could only surmise as to what it might be like for someone... Looking back, I can't say what took me down this road. Sometimes when we write, things just come to us, and in a hurry... Thank you for visiting.

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  5. Michael,
    As someone who volunteers at a retirement home, I definitely feel the sentiments expressed here.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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    1. David... Since writing this poem, I have spent many days and nights in a nursing home, with a parent. Fortunately, things got better and we got to go home, and everyone is doing reasonably well. But, for the time I was there, I learned to appreciate things I had before, taken for granted.

      I appreciate your kind remarks, Sir.

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  6. Hi Michael. I loved reading your wonderful sad poem, my friend, Congratulations on your poet of the month, you deserve it mate....peter

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    1. Peter... For all the years I have been involved in social media, doing some reading and writing along the way, the best times I have had have always been in the context and contents of the commentary section. That is where friends and acquaintances are made, and the real life stories are told.

      Thanks for coming by to visit.

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  7. Congratulations Michael on being named Poet of the Month on Whispers. This is well earned and important award for you. Your poem Round and Round touches the reader's heart, especially those who have lost loved ones in a war. Thanks for being on Whispers. Robert

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    1. Robert... The best way I can describe this honor is, overwhelming. When Karen told me this was in the works, I was really excited, but honestly, until I saw the post up and running, only then did it really sink in.

      Very happy you enjoyed this poem. You let me know, I chose the right one, to suggest for today.

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  8. Congratulations Michael on being poet of the month. This is a beautiful poem to read filled with warmth, love and such lovely imagery. Blessings always, Leokadia

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    1. Thank you, Leokadia. I am glad this poem found favor with you.

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  9. Congratulations Michael
    keep up the good work
    angelee from India

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    1. Thank you, Angelee... I plan to continue for as long as I am able.

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  10. Michael, congratulation on being chosen Poet of the Month. What a special honor for a special poet. I really appreciate you talent and this poem. Great work. Keep it coming.
    Charlene

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    1. Charlene, I so appreciate all you said here. For me, you exemplify so much of what makes Whispers a special place to be a part of. Thank you.

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  11. Hi Michael....Congratulations on being selected Poet of the Month. My late mother spent 2 1/2 years in a nursing facility & I spent many hours visiting & volunteering there as well. End of story, having been a widow at the time, I met my new husband, a widower there, whose mother was also a resident! God had wonderful plans that were completely unexpected! We're married a little over 4 years now! Thanks for sharing your heartfelt poem! ~Chris

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    1. Christine, we were in desperate need of a happy ending here, and yours fills the prescription. Great story!

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  12. A well deserved win! A moving & poignant poem...Michael, you're a master!

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    1. Thank you very much, Lana. You always say the nicest things.

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  13. Thank you, Isha Wagner, for the following--

    This is my interpretation. Others will differ. A woman clinging to a memory of her father killed at Omaha portrays the futility and horror of war : the yearning to keep the remembrance alive : it seems it was all she had to cling to : the tragic reality of death (we all must face) expressed so well in these lines of Michael Todd. A fine poet indeed.

    Yours sincerely
    Isha Wagner.

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  14. To Isha... The conflict between good and evil often leads to conflict, where one entity is willing to kill and the other is willing to die. Sadly, this is the way of the world. Combatants are like hamsters in a wheel. They run faster and faster toward a destination they cannot envision. Eventually, those that survive, stop. From there, they simply step off the wheel and walk away a survivor. I wish things were different.

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  15. Very, very nice, Michael, and congratulations on being named the "Poet of the Month." What an honor and you are certainly deserving. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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    1. Thanks so much, Maurice. Have a great weekend.

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  16. This was, quite simply, a loving and emotional piece...quite beautiful Mike ♡

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    1. Thank you very much, Demme. So glad you enjoyed this piece.

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  17. This is such a heartfelt piece, with beautiful imagery and emotions woven throughout. I love the journey you take us on. Just amazing! Congratulations on being Poet of the Month, it's an honor that is so very well deserved, my friend!! HUGS

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    1. Thanks, Colleen. You know how much I enjoy this site... Being a life long outsider, and finding myself welcomed in, as I have been, is a touch overwhelming.

      I hope to see us both here for a long time to come.

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  18. So sad but so beautiful. Love the imagery.

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    1. Thanks... I appreciate your very generous comment.

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  19. Such a beautifully sad picture you've painted, Michael. You always excel at telling stories through your poetry, just as you excel at being a wonderful friend. Congratulations on Poet of the Month, you deserve it <3

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    1. Many heartfelt thank yous, Dahlia. It is always great when I can bring my family to the party. <3

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  20. Michael, I am thrilled for you. I've always adored your work. Your poetic style is majestic and admirable in its simplicity. I love that so very much.

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    1. Eliza Anne... Thank you for your generous overview, of both this piece, and of me. So glad you came.

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  21. Thank you, David Austin, for the following--

    Congrats to Michael for his fine poem. Love, Dave

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  22. Congratulations!! Your words always make me smile!!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. If you're happy, I'm happy.

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  23. Hi Michael! This is a sad yet beautiful poem which tugs at the strings of my heart. Well done...and congratulations on being chosen POTM. // paul

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    1. I very much appreciate your generous overview, Paul.

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  24. Congratulations Michael for being selected 'Poet of the Month' on 'Whispers...' - so deserving to say the least...Sincerely, Rhoda Galgiani

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  25. Just wonderful friend. loved the images. congrats on your honour well deserved. Pete.

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  26. Hello Michael, good write here, I enjoy the way you have used your imagination in this.'

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  27. Well done Michael. A beautiful poignant piece. Congratulations. Best wishes Ralph

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  28. Congratulations. I'm late getting in to comments this month. I see you already have over fifty. Therefore, I will reiterate, Congratulations.

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  29. A tender moment captured for us to share. There are many more that experience this than we know. Or perhaps, just more than our hearts can hold. Tipping my hat to you sir

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    1. Thank you, Stephy. Not every can be rescued.

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