Welcome to the Town of Feeling

Happy, Sad, Mad and Glad,
Moved in down the street

Cautious watched them, from her window,
Wondering, which one should I meet?

Confused came in with overwhelmed and said,
"The Panics have come to town"

Then Hopeful called the carefulls,
And said that Happy was a clown.

Anxious came in with the news,
Confident had called a town meeting

To take a vote for Mayor,
And to Welcome the new neighbors to Feeling.

Feeling was a busy town,
Always on the go

Happy was voted as Feeling's Mayor,
While Confident decided to go.

Happy took the Mayors Job and took it seriously.

Thinking the town,
Would be so much better off,

If everyone were Happy.

Now Happy asked for their suggestions,
Saying yes to everyone.

Soon, Happy was out and Chaos was in,
Chaos was on the run.

Gathering the folks from Feeling,
Chaos ran from house to house,

While Bored and Lonely ran into town,
And were quiet as a mouse.

While Chaos was running with Crazy,
Happy called Confident and Calm,

They knew that Lazy was out of the question,
For it was nearly dawn.

When the two groups came together,
They wondered "Who will it ever be?"

Who would watch over the town of Feeling,
and keep it rodent free?

Happy, Sad, Mad and Glad,
Were chosen on the spot

Then balanced and joyful came to town,
They were the best house on the lot.

The people that lived in Feeling,
Well, they came and then they went

The time they had with neighbors and friends,
Was definitely time well spent.

When you find yourself in Feeling,
Remember to take it slow,

Making friends in this wonderful place,
Is the only way to go.

Mary Pat uses the recovery process to get to know her feelings in a personal way. You can too. http://www.reflectingrace.com

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New York Times

Poetry on a Budget
New York Times
Kyle Page, the architect who founded Sundial Studios, in Brooklyn, designed a weekend house for his family in Phillipsport, N.Y. Much of the building is clad in weathering steel, and the windows become larger the closer they get to the nearby pond.


NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Former North Texas Athlete Perseveres Through Poetry
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Nathaniel Little returns to Standridge Stadium, where 14 years ago, during his junior year at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, he suffered a catastrophic injury while tackling a fullback on the football field. “I chased him down and grabbed ahold ...


CU Columbia Spectator

Quarto's chapbook event hosts a propelling performance of poetry
CU Columbia Spectator
Quarto Magazine, a student-run literary magazine, performed the works of the top three chapbook contest contributors at their annual chapbook event last Friday, Nov. 16, in Dodge 501. The poetry of the contest's first-place winner, Mya Alexice, BC '20, ...


Space.com

'Once Upon a Star' Is a Poetic Exploration of the Cosmos
Space.com
James Carter would be the first to admit that he is a children's book writer, not a scientist. "I wrote 'Once Upon a Star' very much as a starry-eyed poet, not an expert!" the U.K. author and songwriter said of his latest book, "Once Upon a Star: A ...


Sojourners

When Church Language Fails Us, We Resist With Poetry
Sojourners
Note: A version of this essay was given as a talk at Women Doing Theology 2018, at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on November 9, 2018 in Elkhart, Ind. As a poet, I used to compartmentalize my poetry. Christian poetry, poetry of the body ...


Inside Higher Ed

Why It Matters That More Americans Read Poetry Now
Inside Higher Ed
In September, the National Endowment for the Arts published surprising new data: poetry reading in the United States has almost doubled over five years. A 2012 NEA survey had found that only 7 percent of Americans had read poetry in the previous year, ...


Lexington Herald Leader (blog)

Al's Bar is for sale. Live music, poetry venue 'has been such a cultural phenomenon.'
Lexington Herald Leader (blog)
Four partners who transformed rowdy Al's Bar on North Limestone into a well-known venue for live music, poetry and local food, are putting the business up for sale. “We are not intending to close,” said Lester Miller, who with his wife, Aumaine Mott ...


thenews.pl

Polish poetry on Budapest metro
thenews.pl
The Poems on the metro project in Budapest runs until December 20. The Polish Book Institute, which is the main organiser of the initiative, says on its website that the choice of Herbert is natural at a time when Poland celebrates the centenary of its ...


wgbh.org

Poet Richard Blanco Shares New Spins on Old Forms
wgbh.org
Everything old is new again — in poetry, that is. Richard Blanco, the nation's fifth presidential inaugural poet and author, most recently of the collaboration "Boundaries," joined Boston Public Radio to share his favorite modern takes on classic ...


Smithsonian

How Poetry Soothed a Nation in Mourning for John F. Kennedy
Smithsonian
In the wake of Kennedy's death, many newspapers published poetry tied to that weekend. Subsequently, editors Erwin A. Glikes and Paul Schwaber solicited poems about the assassination. Those works, along with some written during Kennedy's presidency, ...

Google News

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