as someone’s fancy
that refused to stay
This poem is linked to Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads' Tuesday Platform and Poets United Poetry Platform 438.
The Liner Notes for This Groove:
So I had a phone call with a friend recently…
Her: It arrived didn’t it?
Me: Yep, in a plain non-descript brown packaging, but it’s here.
Her: Ooooooh… have you opened it?
Me: I’m doing that now.
*tearing of paper ensues*
Me: Oh my, this is…
Her: Tell me everything.
Me: I never thought I’d be bold enough to hold something like this in my hands. Just, wow.
Her: I’ll bet you’re caressing it right now, aren’t you?
Me: Caressing. Fondling. Sniffing. It looks damn good on my bedspread. I think after I spend a little time with it, I’m going to leave it here for my husband to find. I think he’s even more excited about it than I am.
Her: It’s great he’s so supportive.
Me: Mmm-hmm. We are both going to have a very good time with this.
There’s something about holding something that just started out as a few random ideas. If as Ann Patchett said “Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon” getting to hold the finished product is like seeing your imaginary friend walking around in broad daylight.
Did you ever get a chance to hold something that you only imagined before? If you have a cyberhome, elaborate on how that felt and drop the link in the comments. Or feel free to start up some conversation on what’s going on in your world.
Song Choice: AMillion Dreams covered by Pink
I think the first time i was part in writing a book I felt the same... it wasn't sent in the mail but we unpacked it right before the release party... an awesome feeling...ReplyDelete
I had to pause a moment and just take in the fact that yeah, "I did that." LOL, then I called a friend to squeal.Delete
Why do you torment my gutter mind so?ReplyDelete
Because I'm evil? 😈 😂Delete
Ha - excellent. And congratulations!ReplyDelete
I think many of us as kids have dreamed of having a bicycle. We generally can't even ride it until we learn how.ReplyDelete
Confession time - I still can't ride a bike. I was really an uncoordinated kid. But I should have tried harder.Delete
This is exquisitely drawn and I must admit I had the same reaction as Debra *hehehe*❤️ReplyDelete
LOL, yeah, I was amused at letting that side of my humor show up on the blog.Delete
I think I usta have me one of dem, um, things.ReplyDelete
CONGRATULATIONS! I had a cancer scare a few years ago and my one regret was i had not out my poetry into book form. When the tumour turned out to be benign, i got busy. I now have a shelf of books, and add at least one more every year. It is INCREDIBLY satisfying! Enjoy your accomplishment. Yay!ReplyDelete
I'm glad it turned out to be nothing - and that it gave you a push to write.Delete
Congratulations Rommy! I’ve had poems in anthologies and that’s a great feeling, but to have your own whole book of fancy is truly wonderful. It’s a bit like giving birth and holding your baby for the first time.ReplyDelete
Yes, it kind of is. I'm just glad recovery time was quick and I could drink all the caffeine I wanted while I was incubating it. :DDelete
Congratulations Rommy! A book sounds fantastic ( for me, almost unimaginable), though holding tickets to a country I never imagined I would visit is a terrific feeling!ReplyDelete
Oh cool! I'd love to travel to out of the country too someday. Japan is on my bucket list.Delete
I'm so happy for you! Congrats!!! This is serious awesomeness.ReplyDelete
Thank you Reba :)Delete
Congratulations!! Beautiful write...!!ReplyDelete
Glad you liked it SreejaDelete
Oh, Rommy! Your liner notes gave rise to all sorts of imagination.:D Congrats, once again. I'm halfway through it already. But I still want to touch it too. So, I'll be in touch.ReplyDelete
And here's my contribution for the week: https://www.khayaronkainen.fi/an-exceptional-gift/
LOL, I am a terrible person. But thank you so much for reading the digital version. :)Delete
How exciting to hold a published book of your own writing!! I Cant even imagine.ReplyDelete
Many years ago, I did buy my Harley before I knew how to ride it. I signed up for a class to learn and to get my license while it sat in the garage waiting on me. LOL
Oh that is seriously cool! I've only ever been on the back of a motorcycle once, but it was like flying. It must have been amazing to get to ride it for the first time.Delete
Wow, congratulation Rommy! I'm excited for you getting to hold your book in a published format! That's so cool.ReplyDelete
Hmm, let's see, I had wanted to be an astronomer when I was younger and one summer, in high school, my Grandparents took me to the Southwestern states to see museums, learn some history, see the country and experience it. It was hot and I spent a lot of time in the car traveling. I'm not the biggest fan of the desert but I did love learning the history. One day when I had grown tired of watching the world pass through the window, I stuck my nose in a book and started reading while waiting to get wherever we were going for the day. My Grandma told me after awhile that I couldn't have anything that played the radio on. I didn't and wanted to know why. She said I would see soon. Not too long after that she told me to look out the window and in the approaching distance, I could see radio telescopes. I had recently seen the movie Contact and loved it, and then here we were, in at the VLA where Jodi Foster's character worked when she picked up the alien message. I was so excited! The VLA had a small video about the place and what radio telescopes do and are for and then we got to go look at them up close. I think I took a whole roll of film in pictures that day. They were so pretty and the trip there was so amazing!
That sounds like a wonderful trip to take with your grands! It's so cool that they really understood your interests and went out of their way to take you someplace they knew would be special for you.Delete
Congratulations! There’s nothing like holding a book you’ve written.ReplyDelete
It definitely refused to stay insubstantial!ReplyDelete
Some imaginings are too real to be denied their stories.ReplyDelete
I just received my print copy. As you know, I've owned my digital copy since mother-pixel pushed it out. I have been fondling with my mind. Doing the same with my hands is glorious--love the feel of the paper, and seeing Shelle's artwork on the cover is yummy! Sending you mega-congrat!
The exchange with your friend made me giggle. I bet she's sexy and brilliant and tells the most inappropriately hysterical jokes.
The answer to your question: the first thing I got to hold, which I only imagined before, was a telephone that belonged in my home. I know how weird that sounds. But the majority of my childhood and some of my teen years, in the Dominican Republic, involved having to walk quite a distance to borrow (all right, rent) a phone to call my father in the US. The first time I picked up our own phone to call Papi I burst into tears.
Here is my contribution for this week: “What Lingers…”
And just in case: https://magalyguerrero.com/what-lingers/
That is too precious!! what A touching moment between you and your papiDelete
She is also a mistress of subtlety, that one. 😂ReplyDelete
And that is a really sweet story about your phone. I'll bet your dad might have misted up a little too, knowing how much easier it was now for you guys to talk to each other.
Ha ha, I guess I must have a gutter mind, too. Such a good read, and oh! well done on your book.ReplyDelete
LOL, I don't think my friend and I have had a conversation that didn't go that that direction.Delete
I luv the intrigue of the conversation piece. LOL. And I can say everytime my publisher sends me the first copy of one of my books I feel that way except, my husband(still married to him) and I do not live together.
It's awesome holding that first copy isn't it?Delete
Don't you just love the way imagination blossoms? I do!ReplyDelete
I remember my first book......i have two more in my mind that wish to be born this spring. I loved this, Rommy.ReplyDelete
YAY! Good luck getting them out/Delete
Congratulations!! Pulling something from imagination to reality is a wonderful thing to celebrate!ReplyDelete
You inspire me Rommy. Congratulations!!! I only published a little book and remember it felt thrilling. But I have several in mind now and just don't make the time to do the work. Anyway, enjoy. I like how you led us to believe you received something a little naughty.ReplyDelete
I hope you get the time to work on them soon. LOL, my friend and I can be pretty bad when we're on a roll.Delete
So wonderful, congratulations.ReplyDelete
So true! Everything starts out with a dream, with something imagined that you don't believe to be possible. I remember when I published my first book as well...to hold it in my hand was really an amazing thing! We all need to keep dreaming and keep fulfilling our dreams!ReplyDelete
I certainly have no intentions to stop. :)Delete
Relax! It is great to be pleased even smug about it. Well done!ReplyDelete
LOL, well, I try to avoid smuf when I can.Delete
Yay!!! You can't beat that feeling. We're all creators...but so few of us get to hold and feel our creations this way. Just keep revelling in it!ReplyDelete
I'm being a giddy goofball :DDelete
A wonderful read. Your joy is infectious! Congratulations!ReplyDelete
I came, I read and I enjoyed.ReplyDelete
I am so glad you did. Thanks Whitesnake.Delete
Congrats Rommy! I am so happy for you! Big Hugs!ReplyDelete
Thank you Stacey!Delete
Yes, it's a great moment. (Dare I say, far more exciting and satisfying, even, than a sex toy.) Congratulations, Rommy! And your poem is perfect — for this situation, and for life in general.ReplyDelete
I would agree with your assessment. :D Thank you!Delete
Wonderful moment you shared with usReplyDelete
Very good article. I am dealing with some of these issues as well..ReplyDelete
I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest butReplyDelete
your sites really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future.