**Poet of the Month** Dominique Gaspard

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I feel….

I feel it…

Running through my veins

Coursing through my blood

Filling my heart

…….And I can’t quite put a name to it.

It’s a new feeling

Good…….

But new.

It confounds me

Astounds me

And

Confuses me, all at the same time

Is it okay to feel this way?

Should I feel guilty?

It makes me feel like everything that is good and pure and happy is filling me with this unmistakable
amount of ……..

Something

It almost feels like I should lock it away

And that makes me feel even more guilty

I find myself looking over my shoulder if I smile too big

Paranoid that if someone sees, they may make it go away

I catch myself singing in the shower

…then I stop midsong, scared that if someone hears me

They might take my music away

What is this feeling?

It’s an inch more than happiness

An ounce more than blissful

A mile below perfect

And a teardrop beside content

Even now I’m too afraid to put it to words

But know that I feel it…

I know it’s there

I know it’s real

I can almost taste it

And nobody is going to take it away

Dominique Gaspard
Macon, Ga
Submitted by jhou

Toteable Quotes

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By Wylie J. Stokeshart
Here are a few quotes from famous people (real or fictitious) that move me. No matter what the race, sex, creed or if they are living or dead…these folk have something to say!
Eleanor Roosevelt
*Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.*Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.*Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.*You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Langston Hughes
Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. *Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it. *I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Faith Popcorn
The trouble in corporate America is that too many people with too much power live in a box (their home), then travel the same road every day to another box (their office). *We can never give up the belief that good guys always win. And that we are the good guys.* Two trends will cycle high in our culture: cocooning, our desire to shelter ourselves from the harsh realities of our world, and fantasy adventure, our hunger for the new and unconventional.

Love/ Inspiration Poetry

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Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit
He has my heart,
He has my mind,
He speaks to my soul,
He tantalizes my spirit.
I dream about laying in his arms
    on a clear, starry night
    laying on a towel
    the crisp ocean air blowing in our faces
My head is resting on his chest
and I listen closely as our hearts beat as one.
. . . . .
I snap back to reality only to find that he is real,
my dream come true and so much more.
That’s how he captured my heart,
after he won my mind,
when he whispered to my soul,
about how he loves my free spirit.
-The Blonde One
**Got an inspirational poem or love poem? Email it to me and I’ll post it here! katinalockhart@ymail.com

Seasons come and Seasons go

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Going through day to day life you will encounter several people and have some type of relationship with each one, be it associate, friend, co-worker, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc. Each one serves a different purpose for furthering our growth and development but a lot of times, especially when dealing with matters of the heart, we find it hard to let go once the relationship has run its course. This lack of letting go will eventually end in heartbreak but it doesn’t have to.
                As a young child we are taught the seasons of the year and during these seasons different things happen to the plants and animals. Spring is the time for planting, Summer is the time for growing, Autumn is the time for harvesting and Winter clears everything out to start fresh again in Spring. Relationships are the same way- you meet, get to know each other, gain benefits from the relationship but over time there is no longer an exchange and the relationship has met its end. “But how do I know when it’s time to clear out the old and start new?” That’s frequent questions that easiest to answer- Pay attention. When the seasons are changing we can tell from the temperature, length of days and vegetation- the same goes for us; the change could be in their attitude, actions in public and form of communication (or lack thereof). When you notice these changes communicate with the other person to see if it is something you can change to make the situation better, but if not it is best to bow out gracefully than to cling to something that’s no longer there.
No one ever said the process of letting go would be easy but it must be done or you will stifle your growth as a person over someone who undeserving of what you have to offer. Keep a close watch on the seasons in your relationship and never settle for less than you are worth. I am a firm believer that there is a perfect partner out there for everyone and that you should never give up until you find the one meant for you.