Cheers to all those in NYC waiting on the edge of their seat to hear their name called at the Twitter Shorty Awards.
It was crazy. One Stop Poetry was a “little blog” on Blogger. Four of us created this community. That then grew on Twitter. This group for poets, then writers and artists, got huge overnight. A team of 8 people (Adam Dustus, Pete Marshall, Brian Miller, Leslie Moon, Gay Cannon, Claudia Schoenfeld, Jessica Kristie, Chris Galford) who never met, got the notice in March 2011 – “You are going to New York. You are selected as one of the six finalists for the Twitter Shorty Award.” My heart soared, my stomach sank. It was too much to hope for considering we had just started in July. As I got out of the limo in Times Square, I saw the smiling faces of the people I considered friends and colleagues standing around dressed to the nines. I shook my head the illusion vanished, but i could feel the thousand or more were with us. I opened my eyes looking for Brian Miller and Adam Dustus wishing that Pete Marshall, our other founder, could have made it across the pond.
“It’s here. It’s now. I am really walking into the auditorium at Times Square.”
It’s not hard for me to imagine things, but this was one of those magical, real moments when they call your name and you’re actually awake. They were calling ours, “One Stop Poetry.” There was so much chaos they couldn’t get me to the front of the auditorium in time to join my friends and accept the award. It didn’t matter we (each member of the community) were (virtually) standing at the podium as a collective accepting the award.
We tweeted to our supporters “We Won the Twitter Shorty Award for Arts” That tweet circled the globe to poets, writers, and artists. Each of those folks were part of this. It was a moment to celebrate with them.
After the awards, I met some other entrepreneurial types who had worked hard to get recognized, and I met a few who obviously stood out in the celebrity arena. Today, I read the first tweets I sent after our name had been called and felt the same pride and excitement. One Stop Poetry had done what we had sought out to do which was creating a community and giving a voice to the poet/writer even if he or she was in the beginning stages of his/her writing journey.
To you who are waiting on the edge of your heels to find out who will be the recipient of tonight’s award – enjoy the moment and celebrate anticipation’s finest moment.
Laura Mercurio graciously has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award
Laura LME is a poet, published author, radio host/producer of VIM show at GetYourz Radio,spoken word recording artist (PoeticBeatz) and founder of≈Verses In Motion≈ Laura’s most recent work is an EP of poetry in music “Absolute ° Gravity“ out now on all major digital stores.
I met Laura several years ago and was at once impressed by her artistic talent. I was so excited when I heard about her book and the other projects that are growing from her creative touch. Laura is a treasure in both talent and heart. She shines as she looks far and wide for artist’s work to share with the world.
7 Unknown Things about me:
1) In university I gave up my studies as an artist to study premed (big mistake)
2) Ive sung backups in several bands (soprano to Bass)
3) Though my daughter is the actress, I have been the supporting lead in several musicals
4) I like dancing under the blue moon
5) I have too many smart people in my family
6) I dont live on the moon I just visit 🙂
7) At 32 years of age I died in a car accident (even modern medicine said my being alive is a miracle)
I humbly offer this award to 15 people who have been like a back-bone of support to me during my sojourn on the dark side of the moon.
“No matter the deed big or small, a kindness is a gift to all” ~ L. Moon
“The Rules” are:
If you are one of the nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award you must do the following:
Thank the person who nominated you and link to them in your post.
Share seven unknown things about yourself.
Nominate other bloggers and blogs you like or admire… 15 or so if possible (see below my list…)
Contact the bloggers you nominate to let them know and to link them back to your post so they can read “The Rules,” too.
You always amazed me with that sweet quiet smile
I would pull into my driveway we always talked for awhile
I loved the deep brown wrinkles that formed a content countenance
I never saw a frown as you leaned over our fence
So few of us knew the layers of the real you
A master gardener for a well known organization was your due
Your work was written up in magazines here and nation wide
I saw those gardens – you have the perfect eye
How surprised was I to find in a simple interview
Of your marked heroism your bravery too
Your dear precious wife proudly brought out your medal
so I plied the story – you played like a fiddle
Layer by layer your story was told
relocated to Tanforan’s racetrack where horses were foaled
Your farms taken your family sent afar
I knew very little then about Manzanar
there I saw “off limits” and shame in your eyes
When that place was mentioned a place you despised
You were proud to be a Nisei son
your parents sought a better life not to be shunned
How could a nation summarily label you as the enemy?
But they did so without thinking – it was delivered shamefully
You were just 18 when you signed for the 442nd
You would have signed up to fight with any unit I reckon
Proud were you and your Japanese brothers
To fight under the American flag you had no druthers
“Go for Broke” was your cry
Many young lives for America died
Each of you shed blood for the cause
Didn’t America know it was their loss?
That limp so dear to me came with pride
to carry several fallen back to safety one lived another died
You are a hero in many eyes
You bring beauty into the world every day
The flowers your beauty always on display
But the thing I realize I see
Is a man with a rich history
And now when I see you I ponder awhile
I dwell on the heart of the man with the tanned wrinkled smile
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to tell you what you have done for this country.
You fought not only the enemy, but you fought prejudice.
And you won.
You have made the Constitution stand for what it really means: the welfare of all the people, all the time.”
– President Harry S. Truman speaking to the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, July 15, 1946
Rules to Accept “Over The Top!” Award: 1. Answer the survey below in one word.
2. Pass this along to six of your favourite bloggers.
3. Alert them that you have given them this award.
4. Have fun!
As per the first rule, below I’ve answered the survey in one word answers.
Survey: 1) Where is your cell phone? – somewhere
2) Your Hair? – long
3) Your Mother? – Talented
4) Your Father? – Tall
5) Favorite Food? – Fish
6) Your dream last night? – Ummm !!!
7) Your favorite drink? – Agua !!!
Your dream / goal? –Write
9) What room are you in? – Office
10) Your Hobby? – Blogging
11) Your Fears? – Roof Rats !!!
12) Where do you want to be in 6 years?- Moon
13) Where were you last night? Home
14) Something that you aren’t? – sane
15) Muffins? – Pumpkin
16) Wish List item? – Secret!!!
17) Where did you grow up? – California
18) Last thing you did? – Write
19) What are you wearing? – It’s black
20) Your TV? – Off!
21) Yours Pets? – Dog x2
22) Friends? – Love em
23) Your Life? – Best
24) Your Mood? – Happy
25) Missing Someone? – Hil
26) Vehicle? –Truck
27) Something you’re not wearing? –beard
28) Your favorite store? – Macys
29) Your favorite color? – Blue
30) When was the last time you laughed? – Now!!!
31) Last time you cried? – Tuesday
32) Your best friend? – LM
33) One place that I go to over and over? – Beach
34) One person who emails you regularly? – Pam
35) Favorite place to eat? – Home