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Clap your hands! Or don't. I'm not a cop. 

I recently (as in about 5 minutes before starting this journal) wrote a poem about how I keep seeing lists about "The 10 Things Happy People Do" or "Things People Who Love Their Lives Do." 


Are we at a point where people REALLY need chintzy articles about self-discovery to guide them through self-discovery? Which, by the way, totally negates the idea of "self" discovery. I started reading those articles looking for nuggets of wisdom, once upon a time. After reading just one of those "Those who are _______ do _____!" pieces, I could feel steam coming out of my ears. 

You know what those who are _____ really do? PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THAT THEY FEEL MAKES THEM _______. 

Granted, it's good to see different perspectives on what makes others happy. But can't we start a discussion about it, rather than making oddly specific statements about what you should be doing to live your life to the fullest?
Why do we seem to need these kinds of articles to validate who we are and why we do what we do? Why do we keep propagating the belief that one specific laundry-list of qualities, actions, or experiences point toward "real" contentment?

What makes ME happy is walking to work in the fall, teaching kindergarteners, hot drinks, fuzzy socks, cute animals, trust in God, and knitting, among other things. If we have that in common, great! Far be it from me to dictate to you that this is how to achieve personal bliss. 

I am curious, though, to know what makes all of YOU happy! Please, I'd love comments on things that float your boat, whether they're one of "10 things" or not. :heart: 

Little Things: 
1) Beautiful day, and we had frost last night!
2) My dogs are wonderfully floppy this morning. 
3) Excited to hear what my PM Kindergarten students have to say today!


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Hello everybody! My name is Lizzie, and I'm proud poet. =) I started really writing poetry my senior year of high school. I had an amazing Creative Writing teacher...under her instruction, I became a Scholastic Gold Key poet, and was invited to read alongside Taylor Mali at the Sunken Garden Poetry festival. I am an alumnus of UVM, with my degree in Elementary Education, History, and Special Education. I'm a busy lady, but I still write on the side. Nature provides plenty of inspiration. :heart:
I'm trying to get my poetry published in a hopeful attempt to pay for college. I know it's a really long shot--so much of my poetry is in dire need of edits!! There are so many amazing voices here, I'd love to learn from you! Constructive criticism is appreciated, but PLEASE be sure to include what you think needs editing and how it could be better.

Feel free to send me a prompt, or a poem request. Sometimes I run out of ideas and I love getting new ones.

Current Residence: USA
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Favourite genre of music: Classical, Alternative
Favourite photographer: My older sister! =D
Operating System: Mac
MP3 player of choice: iTouch (because I can play Fruit Ninja on it, haha)
Favourite cartoon character: Axe Cop


They warned me about
the wither-man.
He carries himself
like a broken skein,
With a
shambling he leans,
softly padding forward.

They told me
how three men were found,
shriveled husks beneath the leaves,
naked shells.

They told me how
they found the pellets
by the pebbled lake,
clothes and bones
and nothing else.

And how I shake to see him retch,
his breath-fog catching moonlight
and he raggedly turns to sniff,
his deadened sockets find my shadow.

His maw unhinges
and his throat rattles soft.
They'll know me by my boots
and crack-ed teeth.

I only hope
they never know him.
The Wither-man
Was thinking up different monsters, again in the spirit of Halloween. Just inspired by me thinking "Ooh, you know what would be really creepy? NO. YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE EVEN CREEPIER THAN THAT?!?" and trying to see if I could one-up my own mental monsters. I wish I could come up with a better name for it, but this is what popped into my head. 

I kinda wish I could draw what I envision for this particular ghoul, though I suppose your imaginations will generate plenty of imagery on their own. 
I believe
the best training
for loophole avoidance
is to work in Kindergarten
with a group of brilliant young minds
that decide two seconds of amusement
just within the boundaries
of your patient guidelines
are worth risking your wrath
and all the paint
the art teacher may have left out.
You didn't say my elbow couldn't touch it...
I've gotten very good at giving general instructions that cover all possible interactions a student could have with any given material. Welcome to Kindergarten precautions. 
Wear fuzzy socks.
Traction is out of style,
but comfort is in,
so slip with cozy feet.
Try to choose a step
about halfway down
to ensure your fall is legitimate.

Lean backward
for maximum impact
and to avoid killing yourself.
This allows for choice
swear utterance at maximum volume,
as your body will not
be in the way,
or dead.

If the wind is knocked out of you,
garbled choking noises
will suffice in a pinch.

Hit each stair on the way down.
It makes a pleasant percussive rhythm
that will be the only enjoyable part
of your journey.
This also ensures that
you will have a body-length bruise
to complain about.

Once at the bottom,
remain motionless for a while.
This give you time to reflect
on your relationship with gravity
and ask yourself
"What the hell just happened?
Did I break anything?"

Look for sympathy from bystanders,
realize closest bystanders are dogs
and they are more interested in dinner
that your mother is serving.

Accept help up.
Contemplate possibly broken arm.
Complain and be told you're overreacting.
Insist your arm is broken.

See arm isn't broken.
Swallow words like they're delicious.
(They're not.)

Wake up next day and realize
that the problem will be your back.
Complain and be told you're overreacting.
Continue to complain anyway.
Hobble like old woman
and squat to pick up items.
Be unable to pick them up anyway
and be stuck squatting.

Enjoy your new-found fear
of stairs
and traction-less socks.
It should fade after you've healed
and before your shame dissipates.
A Guide to Falling Downstairs
I fell the other day and am fine, but very sore. All of you, please be careful around stairs. 
Back aching,
close to midnight,
I think of you as
an alternative to sleep--
the baritone murmur of your voice
gentle enough to weight my body down.
In the half-aware moments
before dreaming,
I swear the rain
is your idea;
lulling me to sleep.
Dog on loveseat,
buttercream curled softly,
whiskers twitching on each

Coffee pale with cream,
half a teaspoon of maple syrup,
sipped slowly with
a prayer shawl 'round my shoulders.

Sunlight on the hardwood,
bringing out honeyed tones.

The sugar maple
on the back-road hill crest,
its metamorphosis from
summer green to
gentle gold
fierce orange,

Kindergarten ingenuity,
describing the same thing
with different eyes
and fewer words.

"I love you"
sleepily whispered
when the lights are out.
Personal Happiness
This is by no means an exhaustive list of what makes me smile! Just describing some of the things that bring me joy. Inspired by a conversation with lady-of-the-quill.


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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh goodness!! This brought tears to my eyes--I'm very touched! You deserve the thanks, lovely, you do so much for everyone all the time. All the same, thank you so much for thinking of me! :heart: 
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:iconheartglompplz: You are so very welcome--keep being wonderful! (I'm sure you will!)
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You're very welcome!
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Adieu dear - I predict that the anxiety etc will wane...
take care..
callerofcrows Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! It comes and goes, is still crippling at times but I'm pushing through and fighting hard to get better. 
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