(Earth Seen from Apollo 17)
Greetings Toads and Friends,
Here I am with Mary's Mixed Bag again!
The holiday season is upon us, and many of us are probably planning to connect with people as we plan our celebrations.
Life really is a lot about connections, I think. We connect with our families during the holidays. We connect with our friends. We all connect with one another here at Real Toads and at other sites in the Poetry Blogosphere. Connection is important to each of us.
As I was thinking about my prompt for today, I thought about how much I appreciate the connections with you all here, how what we all share with one another is something special that people who aren't involved in the blogosphere would have no idea about. Despite geographical differences, age differences, cultural differences, etc., we are indeed a connected community. If only the governments of the world could learn from us how to get along!
I was also thinking about the connections between past, present, and future. As I look back on my life, I feel that in many ways I am the same person now that I was when I was a child. And there are people who were in my life at one time who have either passed away or left my life for one reason or another that I still feel connected with and feel their influence in my life.
I was also thinking about the amazing ways that we can stay connected with one another in today's world. We see news as it happens. We can email someone in another country, and they receive the message immediately. We can Skype and tweet and do Facebook. So much different than in the past when people like me wrote letters to pen friends in other countries and didn't hear back from them for a couple weeks. I just saw the Lincoln movie, where connections between the President and the front lines of the Civil War were by telegraph, which seems so primitive now.
Early Telegraph Receiver
Today I would like you to think about connections. If that word is enough for you, go for it....and write what comes to mind.
Or if you need more inspiration...write a poem about connections in the blogosphere and perhaps what the blogosphere means to you.
Or...write about an important connection in your life -- past, present, or future.
Or...about instant connection as we experience it today.
Or..about the connection between past, present, and future....yours or something more general.
Or...about the connection between two seemingly unrelated objects: Let's say icicles and waterfalls; happiness and the planet Mars; nightmares and red wine; a sleeping child and a blackbird, etc.
How is connection important to you?
Write a new poem to the prompt. Include in your poem a link back to the Imaginary Garden, please. Link it below using Mr. Linky.
I am looking forward to seeing what you write and connecting with you through this prompt! PLEASE don't just 'link and run.' If you link your poem, visit others as well. It's part of the fun!