I received an email from an old friend. It was titled poetry exercise. The concept is simple. Here's the email in it's entirety
We're starting a collective, constructive, and hopefully uplifting exchange.
It's a one-time thing and we hope you will participate.
We have picked those we think would be willing and make it fun.
Please send a poem to the person whose name is in position 1 below
(even if you don't know them).
It should be a favourite text/verse/meditation that has affected you in difficult times. Don't agonize over it.
1. Person name
2. Person name
After you've sent the short poem/verse/quote/etc. to the person in position 1, and only that person, copy this letter into a new email.
Move my name to position 1, and put your name in position 2.
Only my name and your name should show in the new email.
Send it to 20 friends BCC (blind copy).
If you cannot do this in five days, let us know so it will be fair to
those participating. It’s fun to see where they come from.
Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new pleasures. The
turnaround is fast, as there are only two names on the list, and you
only have to do it once.
Thanks for considering this!
"Seldom does anyone drop out" I think this phrase made it all the easier for me to complete the task. It sat in my inbox for 3 days, but this statement intrigued me. So I sent it to a few more than 20, and 2 days later, I received 3 emails from people I've never spoken with. Here are their chosen poems/verses
1. Verse: You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only option you have.
2. By Emily Dickinson
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there was
A time when it was not.
It has no future but itself,
Its infinite realms contain
Its past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of pain.
3. Worst Day Ever? By Chanie Gorkin
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good.
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a very good day.
Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.