I've got love songs on repeat and write love letters in the dark I search the shadows for your light with my chest hollow None of my usual tricks work I'll do anything to stop this decline Anything to break the fall Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson Photo found on Pixabay
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. . Whispers In the Eloquent Hush Of the Paralyzing, Unquestioning, Delirious Rush, To Draw You to me, To Bare Our Souls, To Tremble Beneath Passion’s Shivering Blush. Intoxication of Fervent Desire, Spinning, Abandon of Encompassing Fire, To Draw me to You, To Bare Our Souls, Beguiling Tapestry of Shadows Conspire. Whirlwind In the Blustering […]Bare- #passionate #love #poetry- #PoetryandMusic — Booknvolume
I'm sure that by now most of you have heard about the crisis that Texas has gone through recently. I have been incredibly blessed during this terrible time. My power was only out for a few hours and I was without internet for a couple of days. But overall, I have been safe and warm. I have plenty of clean drinking water. This has not been the case for millions of people within the state. First, we were hit with snow and temperatures unlike anything we are normally used to. The state got between 2 and 11 inches of snow. With snow on the ground, temperatures plunged to well below freezing. This terrible cold then started a domino effect of disastrous events. The Texas power grid, unprepared for the extreme temperatures, had 40% of their operation go down. This caused power outages statewide. No power meant no heat. No heat, meant freezing pipes. For those heating with natural gas, some of the gas lines froze making this no longer an option for heat. Without heat and water, for days in many cases, people started seeking shelter elsewhere to stay warm. With no power for an extended period of time, the water treatment plants froze up. Clean drinking water became unavailable in many areas. People were told to boil their water before consuming it. For those trying to tough it out in their homes without power, this was impossible to do. If their pipes were not already frozen,then they had no electricity to boil water if they had any. The water situation became more and more dire. With water treatment plants trying to maintain the flow, service was interrupted at irregular intervals. This disruption caused low water pressure in places that did have water. Places like nursing homes, didn't have enough water pressure to function. People went to extreme lengths to try to stay warm. Using these unsafe methods caused deaths and house fires. In one instance, due to the extreme low temperatures the indoor sprinkler system didn't work and the house burned down. In many cases, the water pressure was too low for the firemen to use existing fire hydrants. They had to have the water trucked in to fight the blaze. Once the temperatures finally started to rise, the anticipated blessing of pipes thawing out, turned into yet another tragedy. Pipes burst, flooding peoples homes. And the hits just keep on coming. The COVID vaccine centers were shut down, bringing the planned vaccinations to a halt. The freezing, thawing and refreezing of the roads made driving too dangerous to drive. The supply trucks for grocery stores and gas stations couldn't make deliveries. People that ventured out to find supplies were met with empty store shelves and closed gas stations. The storm hit Texas on February 13th. The last I knew, there are still more than 100,000 people without power and 46 deaths. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. Many people are still without water. If you would like to help the needy in Texas, please give to The Salvation Army or the Texas food banks and contribute to them. The homeless and low income people have suffered the most. Please keep these people in your prayers. Again, I have been incredibly blessed. I have had no real hardships. The above is just a summary of the events here. There are countless tragic stories from individuals here. Count your blessings, my friends. Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson
I know I’ve been quiet lately. If you’ve watched the national news at all recently, you may have seen that Texas is having a record breaking winter this year. Record cold since Sunday. Major power outages all over the state. Frozen water pipes. Busted water pipes. People having to boil water, IF they have electricity.
It was -3 degrees here yesterday morning. A balmy 17 this morning!
Some of these poor people are doing whatever they can to stay warm without electricity. There have been carbon monoxide poisonings because people are using heating methods that are not safe.
I have been fortunate. I’ve lost power briefly a few times. I’ve had almost no internet service. But I am safe and warm.
I will post this, while I can!
Stay safe out there, my friends!
Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson
"To write, I decided, is to be insane. In ordinary life you look sane, act sane-just as any mother of five children. But once you start to write, you are moonstruck, out of your senses. As you stare hard inward, following behind your eyes the images of invisible places, of people, of events, and listening hard inward to silent voices and unspoken conversations-as you are seeing a story, hearing it, feeling it-your very skin becomes permeable, not a boundary, and you enter the place of your writing and live inside the people who live there. You think and say incredible things. You even love other people-you don't love your children and your husband at all. And here is the interesting thing to me, when this happens, you often learn something, understand something that can transcend the words on the paper." *This is a quote that a friend found in a book. The book was about writers during the early 1900s. I do not know who the author is. If you know who the author is, I would happily give credit. Image by andreas160578 from Pixabay
I’m very excited to announce that my poem “Hope” has been published in the beautiful print publication Poetry Quarterly. This is the slightly delayed publication of their Fall 2020 edition. This Highly Selective press is packed with 119 pages of beautiful poetry. If you would like to support this Indi publisher, you can purchase a copy of the book HERE .
I am also honored to share this publication with a very prolific and talented writer, Megha Snood! Megha’s work can be seen in quite a few publications and online literary magazines as well. Megha tells about her publication in PQ HERE.
Prolific Press publishes a number of different books & magazines, including Poetry Quarterly. They promote writers, poets and education through these different venues. Please enjoy browsing through their many publications HERE.
Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson