Sunday, May 31, 2015

Editor's Thoughts/Carry On--By Karen O'Leary--United States

Dear Friends,

I am so proud of our Whispers’ contributors.  Thank you for reaching out to others, encouraging them in their journeys.  We have truly become the community I envisioned when I opened our online journal over two years ago.  We are growing with eight new writers this month.  Our reader base is increasing thanks to many of you that are promoting Whispers in a number of ways. 

I feel gratified and humbled by the outpouring of support for the People of Nepal.  In addition to sharing prayers, poems and thoughts, some of you have also contributed financially.  I can’t thank you enough.  Please continue to stop by as this is an ongoing outreach.  Words have the power to life others up in challenging times.  With that said, I would like to share a poem with you.

Carry On

Some days are long;
the road gets tough.
We give it our all
and that is enough.

Friends share our toils
and carry us through.
We learn about love
and generosity too.

We sing of the gift
of a warm embrace.
It lifts our burden
from a weary place.

We learn to look
for others in need.
With grateful hearts,
we spread love’s seed.

Some days are long;
the road is tough.
We give our best
and that is enough.

Keep on writing and sharing the gift of words.  Thank you for being a part of Whispers.

Blessings,


Karen
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Karen O'Leary is a freelance writer/editor from West Fargo, ND.  Her poetry, short stories, and articles have been published in a variety of venues.  She released her first book of poetry in 2011 called Whispers... published by A.P.F. Publisher.  Their second project, Snippets...an anthology of short verse, contains poetry from 73 talented writers from across the world and was released in 2012.  Karen is a member of The Writers and Poetry Alliance and the Haiku Society of America.

26 comments:

  1. Great poem Karen, I sure appreciate all you do with Whispers! Best, Peggy

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    1. Dear Peggy,

      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate all the encouragement you give me and other writers. So good to have you here at Whispers!

      Blessings,
      Karen

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    1. Dear Laura,

      Thank you for taking time to comment. It's great to have you here at Whispers.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  3. Thank you for bringing us all together, Karen. I hope that some of my students will join Whispers. :)

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  4. Dear Marianne,

    Tell your students I would be happy to work with them. I want to give new writers as will as established writers an opportunity to share the gift of words. Thank you for all you do for our poetry community.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  5. Karen,
    I remember this poem which was used to tin last issue's of" The Poet's Art" Thank you for being a good friend (professionally and socially.)Thanks a bunch for printing my ad too. And of course special prayers go out tjose poor people in Nepal.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

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    1. Dear David,

      Thank you for your kind words. It's a pleasure to publish your add. I truly am so grateful and uplifted to see all the people that contributed to the Nepal Outreach. Thank you for your thoughts.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  6. Thank you for the opportunities you have provided us with!!

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    1. Dear Sheikha,

      It's so good to have you a part of Whispers. Thank you for your stopping by to comment.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  7. Hi Karen, Lovely poem, & thanks for your hard work in making Whispers a pleasant worldwide poetry network! God bless you...Chris~

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    1. Dear Chris,

      Blessings to you to my friend! I appreciate all your kind words and encouragement you give me and others. Thank you for these lovely comments.

      Warm wishes,
      Karen

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  8. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    Dear Karen,

    I've just read your poem, it's so good when writing conveys feeling in such a vivid way. The 1st. of June today, heralds another month in 2015...good luck to everyone who writes, and good luck to Whispers for being there for us all to share our thoughts and poems.

    Special blessings to you,
    Beth

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    1. Dear Beth,

      Thank you for your kind words. It is so good to have you a part of Whispers. I appreciate all your encouragement and support.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  9. Great poem with great rhythm! Thanks for all you do, Karen! Proud to be a part of Whispers!

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    1. Dear Stacy,

      It's so good to have you a part of Whispers! I hope you get a lot of wonderful poems for your Christmas anthology. You do so much good in the writing community with your fundraisers to help various causes. Thank you for your kind words and your kind heart.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  10. Wonderful poem. So happy to be part of Whispers.

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    1. Dear Nalini,

      Thank you for your kind words. It is wonderful to have you a part of Whispers. I appreciate all you do for our poetry community.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  11. Karen this poem is encouraging and uplifting. Thank you for your patience and sound advice. You elicit the best out of us. God bless. // paul

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  12. Dear Paul,

    Thank you for your kind words, my friend. We are a community supporting each other. I feel so blessed to be a part of this journey.

    Best wishes,
    Karen

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  13. You'll get a nosebleed writing poems of this length girl He he

    But seriously this is a fine piece of work I loved every line!

    Write On

    George

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    1. Dear George,

      Thank you so much. It's such a joy to have you a part of Whispers. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  14. This poem conveys a message of such hope and strength that it transcends time and space. It is a poem that helped a friend of mine tremendously who lost her husband. This poem reminds us that beautiful poetry such as this touches lives of people we may never meet personally in a way that is so meaningful and positive.

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    1. Dear Nila,

      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts, my friend. That our words touch the lives of others gives them meaning. You are such a light in the world. Blessings for all you do help others.

      Love,
      Karen

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  15. Your poem inspires Karen. It is not enough to.care, we need to show how much we care in any way possible. Poetry is one of those ways, and we are blessed when we care enough to share. Thank you for all you do to bring people together from all over the world to make us a huge poetic family. I feel privileged to belong to Whispers and I enjoy spending time here reading the creative expressions of my lovely family! God bless Nepal and help them endure this trying time, and bless you too! Connie Marcum Wong

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  16. Dear Connie,

    Your kind words mean so much to me. I do believe writers have a unique opportunity to lift other up. Thank you for your lovely comments and for all you do for the Whispers community.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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