POETRY: FITTING FOR A HOT TEXAS EVE

Texas is hot. Everyone knows it gets hot in Texas every summer.  But, this year seems worse than I can remember…IT’S HOT!!!  I’m not joking when I say you CAN fry an egg on the pavement on days like this!  I’ll embellish on Texas heat another time.  With that being said, I decided my 2nd blog post would be one of my poems about staying indoors: A WRITER’S RATIONALE.  There will be 2 additional poems immediately following the poem: OVERWHELMED and SHELLS.  Thank you for reading.  I’d love your comments if you have time.  They will be added to my poetry list as well.
 ~ Enjoy and stay cool.




A WRITER’S RATIONALE
Didn’t go out today – didn’t leave my room, writing –
Home is where I feel most at ease.
Truth being, haven’t really gone outside –
For quite some time now, peaceful self-soothing –
Is what I prefer.
Constant in my head, analyzing, composing, editing –
Dreams, passionate anticipation of new assignments.
Content – thriving, despite lack of social interaction –
Humans are social creatures, yet habits challenge theory –
I am a challenge.
A writer socializes intimately with his designed characters
Companions gathering together, singing, drinking – fulfillment.
In truth, I sit with pen and paper, dismissing those who call –
Embrace solitude, content with little musings.
Hope I’m understood.
Writers, particularly poets are reputably hermits –
Seeking privacy, solitude, therefore…seclusion.
My excuse anyway, it’s a good one – so,
Excuse the mind-set, accept my world, my words.
This is my desire.
                                                                        
OVERWHELMED
The mess on my bed
Is the mess in my head…
            Chronic disarray
Dreadful habits unshed
Accumulating things unsaid, unread…
            Swirling melee
Purge, to cleanse my purpose said
Out loud and in my head…
            Again, I’ll disobey
                              
  SHELLS
We are the smallest
Shells not found until
Hardened over grit
Sculpted in truth
As grains of sand
Engrave the soul
Secret pearl masks
Hidden tales, love
Pieces left behind
Magnificent journey
Unique metamorphosis
Memories culled
Re-arranged, displaced
Longing for the shore                                        

                        

Author: Mary

ABOUT MARY ~ Mary is a patient advocate for MS, chronic illness & disabilities. She is a freelance writer from Texas who enjoys exploring a variety of different styles & genres, however her deep passion for creative writing (poetry, essay, narrative interview & non-fiction) remains unwavering & purposeful. Mary's personal & professional background is an eclectic compilation consisting of the fine arts, civil rights advocacy, fundraising with 15 years in sales/marketing & event planning in the private club industry. Mary is a 1990 graduate from The University of North Texas with a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management. In 2001, Mary was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Within a few years, health issues forced her to resign from the career she loved. As her marriage began to crumble, Mary was keenly aware of the emotional & mental crisis firmly taking hold. Eventually, she sought the help of a professional therapist which helped her learn the important coping skills needed to tame/calm mood disorders & to encourage healthy ways in which to purge the noisy chaos inside the brain. This loss of reality, normalcy, & PURPOSE needed to be reinvented, renewed & rewritten...NOW! The divorce & all related proceedings lasted an unfathomable six years, yet it was the therapy, communities & her writing which kept her most grounded. Each poem a cathartic purge, each word a therapeutic tool meant for healing & to inspire resilience. Blindsided by this newfound purpose & passion, Mary continues writing & exploring a plethora of multimedia outlets to this day. Her writing, networking & advocacy projects target the MS, chronic illness & disability communities. Her interactive presence can be seen throughout social media. Although MS is the primary community in which she advocates, Mary enjoys playing an active role in other patient communities (bloggers, writers, music, live chats, special events, & many more. One of the key messages Mary continues to emphasize is how chronic illness can affect everyone differently. MS is a prime example in that we are not a "one size fits all." This disease called MS is a conundrum in every which way. To this day, research continues, yet we still don't know the root cause for MS, yet current findings now show "risk factors" for the disease. MS can morph as it sees fit to do so. Unpredictably, silently, sometimes relentlessly this MS becomes an uninvited, unwanted "internal room-mate." Mary's overall background & her desire to discover herself & new creative outlets was a plus. A renewed student for life, Mary continues to explore the unknown - Once you switch off your "auto pilot" it's amazing what you can see & do. Place focus on learning, consume new information & participate in activities uncharted or foreign (The science of Neuroplasticity). All of this is most DEFINITELY a work in progress, but remember to focus most on the important things in life. Laugh out loud & live selflessly with compassion, purpose & unbridled passion. Connect with Mary at: 🔸Twitter: @pettigrew66, @MSpals 🔸Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mary.patriciapettigrew 🔸LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryppettigrew 🔸Instagram: 🔸https://www.mspals.wordpress.com Acknowledgments and Press ~ UPDATES TO COME * Creator & Co-founder of MSpals: A Global Organization (2014 - present) * Administrator & contributing author of content, posts, & interviews: MSpals blog: https:/:www.mspals.wordpress.com ~ The Summer of Sport: Forward Poetry 2012 ~ Poetry Rivals Collection 2013 ~ Something On Our Minds Vol.III ~ Something On Our Minds Vol IV. Interviews: National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "Momentum Magazine" ~ 2013 = Art Therapy & MS ~ 2015 = Connecting Via Social Media Other works also featured on a variety of blogs, websites, videos, as well as other multimedia platforms including: www.pajamadaze.com www.disabled-world.com www.HealthCentral.com www.MyCounterpane.com www.MS&MeRadio/TBI Network iConquerMS/The Accelerated Cure Project WEGO Health - Patient Leader HealtheVoices - Patient Leader MS Focus - Monthly contributor

4 thoughts on “POETRY: FITTING FOR A HOT TEXAS EVE”

  1. Thanks, Teresa!
    It seems you and I are on the same wavelength re: my words & their meaning. People interpret poetry differently & in their own way – how it relates to them. That's what I love most about poetry…there's no right or wrong “definition” of what the writer writes.

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  2. Thanks for posting these poems. I don't usually read poetry but I found these texts interesting and enjoyable. They are very different from each other! I hope you post more. Also, I liked the sketches very much. Keep it up!

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  3. Your A Writer's Rationale is incredibly spot on. Candid. I like it. I think that writers are maybe too good at being observers. We observe. We absorb. We write. But we are at our most comfortable place when we are solitary, removed from interaction, and busy watching.

    I think that might be one of the things that makes online interaction so perfect for writers. 🙂

    Overwhelmed–I can relate. 🙂 I see it. I know it. I ignore it. I deny it. 🙂

    Shells–very nice. One thing leads to the next… 🙂

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