Friday, July 22, 2022

Friday Writings #36: Sunset

Hello, dear wordsmiths. What’s inspiring you lately?

Last month the photography group I belong to on Facebook had Sunsets as one of the monthly themes.  What astonishingly beautiful photos were shared! They lifted everyone’s spirits, as I think the beauty of nature always does.

Here is one of mine. We have such wonderful skies where I live that it would be hard to take a bad photo of them. (And, though some other members’ shots were even more spectacular, I don’t have to ask anyone else’s permission to share this one.) 

 

Photo © Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2016



I wonder what thoughts and feelings a beautiful sunset inspires in you? A memory? A journey? A fiction? The coming of dreams? (If you're sweltering in the Northern Hemisphere, perhaps you are wishing the sun would set on all the excess heat and rise cooler tomorrow – whereas in Australia we are shivering in unusual cold and wishing the opposite.)

The optional prompt this week is to share whatever sunset may inspire in you.

Or else, please feel free to write on whatever other topic you like.

Link (below) to your post of prose or poetry, old or new, classical or experimental or anything in-between – one post per person. Please keep prose to 369 words maximum (excluding title).

The prompt will be open all week. Do have look at others’ responses, leave a comment, and don’t forget to come back towards the end of the week so as not to miss any late linkers. We welcome any comments you’d like to make here, too.

Next week, Magaly will invite us to create poetry or prose inspired by the following phrase: “to stay creative, is to stay happy and alive.”

 

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RIP Bev 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I wrote this post I didn't know that our dear Beverley Crawford would have gone into the sunset by the time it appears. I have now learned that she passed away very early on July 15th, peacefully in her sleep. (Some of you may know this news already, as our Helen linked a rhyming post in tribute to her last week – but it came in on Tuesday, so you may have missed that.) Bev went into care a little while ago, after which she didn't keep up her blog but did still post to facebook and sounded positive and happy as always. I have left the following message on her facebook page on behalf of us all – and of course you may add your own personal messages there if you wish, and were among her fb friends:

Her friends at Poets and Storytellers United are so sad to learn that our lovely, joyous friend Bev has passed away – though glad to learn it happened peacefully in her sleep. Her poetry was always a delight, and so was she. She was much loved and will be missed. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Off to the Moon

If only Bev had stayed a little longer! But perhaps she knows anyway. She and many others who contribute to P&SU have also played at dVerse, and had poems in the dVerse anthology Chiaroscuro. Samuel Peralta, whom many of us know as a poet/editor/publisher/scientist active online over the years, has arranged for this anthology to go into a time capsule for the moon, and asks those in it (including me and a number of you) to spread the word to contributors he hasn't been able to reach.

 

  The #LunarCodex inducts into the Polaris time capsule the authors of dVerse Poets Pub's CHIAROSCURO anthology, edited by Björn Rudberg and Mary Grace Guevara Polaris is targeted for the 2023 SpaceX / Astrobotic Griffin lander / NASA VIPER rover mission, headed for the Lunar South Pole.

* * Now indexed in https://www.lunarcodex.com/poetry * *

 

19 comments:

  1. Hello from a very wet, very grey Bangalore. This Lunar Codex thing is the most intriguing thing I've read all day- was wondering if anyone here who is also active at Dverse can tell me how to get a copy of the book, please. I checked on Amazon and on the Dverse site, seems like there's no way to order from either website. Thanks a ton! Have a lovely day, fellow poets!

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    1. Oh, Rajani, did you not get one when it first came out? Perhaps contact Bjorn at dVerse, or Sam on his facebook page?

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    2. And I have no excuse :) I've emailed them now... hope there's a copy somewhere!

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    3. Hi Rajani! Grace here from dVerse. Will you be interested to order if we have a limited print? Kindly email me at sometimesg@yahoo.com . Regards!

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    4. I would love to purchase a copy! Helen @ Poetry Matters

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    5. Hi Grace, I've sent you an email. I hope you'll get it. Thanks.

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    6. Hi Khaya. I have received it and sent you a reply. Thank you.

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    7. @Helen, I have noted your request. Bjorn and I will discuss when he is back from the mountains.

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  2. So so sad about Bev — so very heartbreaking. 😢 She was very COOOOL! Always kind, always positive in her comments. So spry of mind! You are missed my fridnd. ✌🏼🫶🏼

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  3. We are very sad to read about Bev as she was so sweet in her comments. Thanks for the feature!

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  4. Beverley will be missed in this community. 😢

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  5. Hello Poets & Storytellers!

    I hope you're well. I'm just popping by to respond/acknowledge news shared by Rosemary:

    i. In keeping with the sunset theme, this quote "When the sun has set, no candle can replace it." immediately came to mind when I read of Bev's passing. I'll always remember Bev as graceful and with a unique sense of humour. May she rest in peace! Thanks a lot Rosemary for this information. Because the connections we make on the blogs do matter. It's always good to know how fellow writers are doing, even when I'm not active here at present.

    ii. About the #LunarCodex, it is a wonderful and meaningful project. I like the idea of a "message-in-a-bottle to the future." Congrats to all the anthology contributors.

    Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

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    1. Thank you, Khaya, your response is much appreciated. It's nice to know you are keeping in touch behind the scenes (as it were). And I love the quote you share.

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  6. I will miss Bev so much. Her kindness, her sense of humor, her strength, her words. I hope she is resting in peace (and watching over us).

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    1. That's a good thought. I'm sure she would be happy to do so if possible.

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