Friday, November 2, 2012

The phone rang...

The past week I have not answered the home phone. I listen to the answering machine. If it's a hang up then I know it's a political call. I don't know WHY I answered the kitchen wall phone today, but I am certainly glad I did. I was so excited I was doing the happy dance dragging the cord (we do have cordless phones and cell phones too) through the kitchen as the caller announced that I was one of eleven winners of the Poetry in Motion, Metro Arts in Transit contest. My poem will be printed on a poster and displayed on St. Louis Metro buses and/or Metro Link  trains for a year. My photo and poem will be posted at the Regional Arts Commission. There will be a reception and monetary prize for winners. Oh yeah, I am happy!

Bygones
by Linda O'Connell

Lilac whiff unveils a childhood sigh.
When we dueled buzzing bees for honeysuckle nectar,
fireflies danced in full moon glitter
and wishing stars filled up the sky.
Rosebuds unfurl with breath so sweet,
a long-lost promise whispered
when I was innocent, sweet sixteen
and petal luster glistened on my cheek.

16 comments:

Sioux said...

Congratulations. If I couldn't be a winner, I am so glad one of my peeps IS!

Bravo, Linda.

Bookie said...

What a wonderful experience for you, Linda! Congrats and enjoy....

Lynn said...

I'm happy for you!!!!!

Janette Dolores said...

Congratulations! Wonderful news. Your poem is beautiful. I'm glad you picked up the phone, too. :-)

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I don't have the luxury of not answering the phone and I am so tired of those calls!! But so glad for you!!!!! Good job!

Susan said...

Ohhhh, lovely Linda. It conjures up imagines. Sweet. Great job! Wonderful news, too. Susan

Val said...

That is quite impressive! Congratulations.

This tale could only have been better if you had received the good news via Pony Express, or on your very own kitchen telegraph machine.

Anonymous said...

LINDA, LINDA, LINDA, HOW AWESOME! I wish it could have been me, but if it couldn't be, so glad it was you! lol I had forgotten about the Poetry in Motion program. Thanks for the reminder. :-)


Jennifer @ Pen and Prosper Blog

Mevely317 said...

Congratulations, Linda!!!!!
Your poem startled a long-forgotten memory: As kids, we used to steal our folks' honey jars ... and go dribble that sticky confection over the wild lilacs and eat it.... crazy!

Debora said...

I would love to be taking a walk and read those pretty words as they passed by me on the city bus!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

You're too much. Is there anything you CAN'T do? I'm proud to know you and thrilled with your success. This is such an honor! You must be bursting, and I bet your family is, too. The poem is beautiful and deserving of the attention.

Janet Smart said...

Congratulations, Linda.

Tammy said...

Woo hoo, Linda! Congratulations. Beautiful poem!

jabblog said...

Congratulations - what a thrill:-)

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