Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tribute to My Colleagues—Inge Wesdijk—The Netherlands and Jack Horne—England

What to joy to share Whispers with my talented colleagues.  Jack and Inge enhanced our online journal’s experience and allowed us more time to share the gift of writing with others. Both, experienced writers, provided a diversity and crossed borders to expand our journal’s horizons. Their willingness to share their light has been a blessing in my life.

I chose a poem from each of them below.  Please stop by and thank them for the hours and hours they put into Whispers. Thank you so much Inge and Jack for the experience of working with you.

Blessings and best wishes,
Karen

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Delicate Dreams
By Inge Wesdijk

In the upper drawer
of my small cabinet
I stored them, safely
Afraid otherwise
they might get lost
When times are tough,
my secret cache opens
and I cherish myself
by the warm compassion
of my delicate dreams

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Hospital Cafe:
By Jack Horne

Sorrow sat at this table;
tears dripped down onto it
from eyes too blurred to see,
as trembling fingers fumbled 
with a bereavement booklet,
and pale lips sipped tea
that tasted only of loneliness.

Those at other tables turned away
fearing sorrow should sit with them...
...next.

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38 comments:

  1. Both such lovely poems from such lovely poets.

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    1. Dear Carl,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Inge and Jack are wonderful colleagues more then worthy of this tribute to them. I hope we can find other venues for our Whispers' family to continue to share the gift of words.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  2. Both entries are classic, spotlighting pictures from the other side of life.

    Infinite thank you to Inge and Jack for their diligence and dedication toward Whispers. Best wishes to both in current and future projects.

    Michael Todd

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    1. Dear Michael,

      Thank you for these beautiful thoughts to my colleagues and talented friends. They allowed us to share writing in a unique way that I will always be grateful for. I appreciate your wishes for them to prosper in their journeys.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  3. Each poem captures the emotions and what we hold onto of this time of closings and partings, even as they were written for something else. How beautiful is poetry that exceeds the boundaries of even the poets' imaginings! Thank you all again and again!

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    1. Dear Deb,

      Both of my colleagues are talented and offered different voices to our Whispers' community. It is writers like you that have made our writing journey possible. I hope that someone or more than one will open a journal that we can continue to share our writing in a positive and an uplifting way.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  4. Dear Karen, it was such a pleasure for me being able to post poetry for your poetry blog, my friend! Yes we all have to look forward, but this does not mean that we'll forget what Whispers meant for us. Great that you have chosen these poems by Inge and Jack. I already finished a new manuscript with 27 pictures and haiku for publication in September as a hardcover edition. It will be also available as an e-book. All editions will be also sold in the USA,Canada and Great Britain. At the moment I am working on two other manuscripts, a revision of my Czech Diary of 1999 and crime stories. We'll keep in touch, my friend.

    All the best, love and blessings,

    Gert

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    1. Dear Gert,

      You are so talented my friend! Inge and Jack provided a wonderful balance to our publishing team. I will always be grateful to them for all the time they spent offering opportunities and giving writers a range of publication opportunities. They deserve this tribute as well as much more!

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  5. Thank you Jack and Inge for your huge effort to support Whispers and all of its friends. I wish for you both that the wind always blows behind you as step out into the future. Best wishes, Annie xx

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    1. Dear Annie,

      Thank you so much for your kind words on the contributions both Inge and Jack made to our Whispers community. I second your wonderful second line and closing. I will always appreciate my colleagues more than words can express.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  6. Karen, Inge, and Jack,
    Thank you for h time you spent reviewing my poems or thinking up ne challenges and especially to you Karen, for posting all the poems. This place wil be missed. It is a shame how family0friendly webzines and print journals are slowly going out of business for one reason or another.
    Sincerely,
    David Fox

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    1. Dear David,

      You have been such a encouraging and supporting person at Whispers. Writing is a passion, not rewarded with money but with something far greater...the gift of friendships. This was a difficult decision to close but the right one. Inge and Jack are special colleagues and friends. Like you, I will miss Whispers. Maybe someone else will pick up the torch and continue our family journey...at least that is my hope.

      Blessings and best wishes,
      Karen

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  7. Thanks Jack and Inge for all your hard work, but most of all thank YOU Karen for giving us all that precious gift of being able to share our words in @Whispers' sending you my love Karen:-) Jan in the Isle of Man xx

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    1. Dear Jan,

      Jack and Inge added flavor and enhanced the Whispers' experience. I feel so blessed to have the chance to work with them to allow writers a wide array of ways to share the gift of words. I will always treasure the time we shared at Whispers.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  8. Two well-written poems with vastly different emotions by two gifted poets. Thanks, Inge and Jack, for guiding this community. All the best in the future. s

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    1. Dear Arthur,

      Thank you for your kind words. Inge and Jack are two talented people, a pleasure to work with to provide a varied experience for writers to enjoy. Hopefully, we will see our family find joy in a wide array of experiences.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  9. Thanks to Karen, Inge and Jack. I have really enjoyed reading other people's poems and the fun activities offered.
    Blessings to you all!

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    1. Dear Mary,

      It was a privilege to share the gift of words with you made possible by my talented colleagues, Jack and Inge.

      Blessings to you too,
      Karen

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  10. Thanks for the lovely poetry. In the last two years I have been in hospital cafe's too many times. My thanks to all for all you have done. I am sad about losing Whispers.
    Caryl Calsyn

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    1. Dear Caryl,

      Thank you for your kind thoughts. In closing doors, which was hard for me after 5 1/2 years of publishing...which Inge and Jack breathed life into our journal that I could not have done alone. Thank you so much for your support.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  11. Thank you Karen, Inge and Jack for all the effort you have put into Whispers, making it such a treasured space for so many. Inge, I really enjoyed your poem, great sentiment. Jack, wow, I was right there with you, excellent write. Thank you both for helping Karen carry on the Whispers tradition and I wish you all the best of everything in the future.

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    1. Dear Peggy,

      What a gift you are to the poetry community! Inge and Jack were wonderful colleagues to work with extending the life of Whispers. Like you, I think the poems I chose exhibit the talents in tribute to Jack and Inge.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  12. Thanks very much to all of you for the lovely comments - you all know my email address if you want to say Hi anytime : )
    It was a pleasure working with you, Karen, & you too, Inge - love you both. May God bless you both with better health in the future xx

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    1. Dear Jack,

      You and Inge extended the life of Whispers and offered opportunities that I would have never been able to offer writers alone. What a wonderful response to your tribute. Thank you for all you have done for our online journal.

      Best wishes and blessings,
      Karen

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  13. Wonderful poems by wonderful colleagues that worked together perfectly. I have so enjoyed each of your efforts and hours spent in giving each of us opportunities to grow Many thanks and many best wishes in your continuing efforts to bless the lives of others through your talents.
    Blessings to you,
    flowing from my heart,
    Charlene

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    1. Dear Charlene,

      Yes, these poems are wonderful as is that talent of my colleagues Inge and Jack. Our team worked well together. I really appreciate your acknowledgement of this.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  14. Both the porms are beautiful and touched my heart. Thanks to both poets for their contribution. Grateful to you Karen for Whispers and will miss it lots.. Best always

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    1. Dear Neena,

      I agree with your thoughts on the poems by our talented friends. Yes, I miss Whispers and working with my colleagues. I wish you the best with your writing.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  15. Both poems are beautiful, and I, too, want to thank you for your love and dedication. You helped sustain a wonderful site and continued to help Karen build community.
    Gratefully,
    Jo

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    1. Dear Mary Jo,

      Thank you for your kind thoughts, my friend. I hope that others will pick up the torch and allow our family to continue to share the gift of words.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  16. I love both of these poem tributes! I have only connected for a very short time, but I have enjoyed my interactions with all of you. Thanks for all you have done and will continue to do elsewhere.
    Karen, thanks for making their presence possible on Whispers.

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    1. Dear Dwight,

      Thank you for insightful thoughts the tributes for Jack and Inge! I really appreciate that you enjoyed the interactions with our editor team. Often, poets forget that writing is about communication. If one isn't communicating something new, one Inge and Jack brought the flavor of three different countries, blending into one publication. I appreciate your support of Whispers.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  17. These are both beautifully written and speak volumes of emotion, wonderful stuff--love it.

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    1. Dear Ruth,

      I totally agree! I'm glad you enjoyed the tributes.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  18. Both your poems touch us emotionally, Inge & Jack. Thank you for helping out when the going got hard, thus affording Whispers a temporary reprieve. Blessings to you both. ~ paul

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  19. Dear Paul,

    I'm glad you identified the wonderful poems that I chose to honor Jack and Inge. Without their efforts, I would have had to cease publication of Whispers far sooner. Thank you, Inge and Jack! You are all gifts to the writing community.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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