Earlier this week, as I contemplated what to share for today’s post, I wondered what I should write; something positive, something thoughtful, something funny? Then it occurred to me…I’d already written it!
Last Friday, at Jama’s Alphabet Soup, Jama Rattigan was celebrating her last blog post of the year by asking readers to share a few lines about what they believe in. Folks left a variety of comments, paragraphs, and in a few cases what I’d term prose poetry – listing (quite beautifully) everything from dogs, grass, and ocean waves to the power of words and the spirit of Christmas.
As I thought about it, it seemed to me that sometimes the smallest things in the world can be the most important. So as I wrote down my thoughts, I realized they were – unsurprisingly – written in the form of a poem. I shared my thoughts on her blog, but I felt I should share them here, as well.
Keep in mind, this is not polished – it’s a mere 15-20 minutes of thought and words, so it’s not perfect, but I still felt like it was worth posting:
I believe in the power and majesty
of little things;
a grain of sand, spiderweb strand,
one solitary snowflake
alighting on my coat.
I believe in the triumph
of good over evil,
love over heartbreak,
time over wounds.
And I believe all the world
owes its existence to a God
who deemed it necessary
that the living place of humankind
should be more beautiful than ugly,
more loving that hate-filled,
than we think it is.
– © 2017, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved
I welcome your thoughts! What do YOU believe in? How does that help you deal with life’s frustrations? And on this “almost-eve” of the world’s most important birthday celebration, how do you find peace in your own little part of the Earth?
My friend, writer/blogger Buffy Silverman, is hosting Poetry Friday today at Buffy’s Blog, with a poem about enjoying Christmas day with eggrolls and movies – stop by her blog and you’ll see why!
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I’ve teamed up with the good folks MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, NH to present an option for people who would love to have a signed copy of one of my books but don’t live anywhere near me. MainStreet BookEnds has ALL but one of my books available for ordering…and the best part is, you can get them personalized!
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- NY Public Library’s “100 Best Book for Kids 2017!”
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Amazon “Best Books of the Month,” Sept. 2017!
Thank you so much to all who have enjoyed “Flashlight Night” enough to write about it:
- “Delicious language…ingenious metamorphoses” – Kirkus Reviews (starred)
- “The verse is incantatory…a simple idea that’s engagingly executed” – School Library Journal
- An old fashioned, rip-roaring imaginary adventure” – The Horn Book
- “[Esenwine and Koehler] don’t just lobby for children to read—they show how readers play” – Publisher’s Weekly
- “Imaginative…fantastical” – Booklist
- “Favorably recalls Where the Wild Things Are” – Shelf Awareness
- “Readers, you must share ‘Flashlight Night’…as often as you can” – Margie Myers-Culver, Librarian’s Quest
- “Begs to be read over and over” – Michelle Knott, Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook/Goodreads
- “A poetic and engaging journey” – Cynthia Alaniz, Librarian In Cute Shoes
- “Illuminates the power of imagination” – Kellee Moye, Unleashing Readers
- “Readers will be inspired to…create their own journey” – Alyson Beecher, Kidlit Frenzy
- “Beautiful words and stunning illustrations” – Jason Lewis, 5th grade teacher at Tyngsboro Elementary School, Tyngsboro, MA