Every poet sings of Spring,
But I am awed by Autumn.
Leaves dance, swirling, flashing
To tunes carried on cool crisp air.
Brittle bursts of fiery red and gold
Forstall the sleep of snowy blankets,
And the year holds its bated breath.
Nostalgia nods its invisible head.
Memories mull in the mind like cider.
Reflections ripple in waves and break
Into understanding and contentment.
Friends and family cram together
Like living cornucopias in small houses.
Literal and metaphysical fruit ripens
And is gathered for fuel against
The cold waiting winter that approaches.
Every poet sings of Spring,
Traveling life’s bumpy road
I’ve found turns around the bend
Unexpected ups and downs
Acquaintances and friends
I admit at times it’s lonely
When the lane fits only one
And great gumption is required
To stoically soldier on
But suddenly crowds will appear
Where the road is wide and even
Many feet make the dust rise up
It can be difficult to see then
Sometimes the path leads to a mountain
And I struggle with the climb
But when I look down from the top
I see a grand design
How all things in this world connect
Each person is part of a plan
To teach and stretch and strengthen
To press forward hand in hand
We need each other to reach our goals
Who knows what’s round the next bend
In helping others we help ourselves
Along a journey that never ends
What ever lies on down the road
I’m no longer afraid to press on
The grand adventure of life awaits
New wonders arise with each dawn
When the last sun sets in the valley low
And the winds sings a final lullaby
I’ll smile to myself at the memories made
I’ll float peacefully up to the sky
There’s a strange kind of power in the eleventh hour
That washes over me every night.
A feeble light inside shines and burns brighter
As the moments of the day slowly fade.
I’m free and falling through the layers of myself,
Making friends with who I’ve become since yesterday.
Potential towers in the eleventh hour;
Preparing to rise with the sun.
Memories dance in the shadows.
Often the moon peeks in and shines
A spotlight on my secrets and fears
Or a friend who stands the test of time.
Last week I had the chance to go to my first convention and I had a blast. I have always loved fantasy stories whether in literature, tv, or films, and it was great to see some of that come to life. It was so fun to sit in on some great panels and listen to people talk about things they are passionate about.
My favorite panels included:
“Great Villains and Why We Love to Hate Them”
“Pursuing Your Dream of Becoming a Fantasy Illustrator, Writer, Filmaker”
The Middle Earth Kickoff with Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies & More
I was able to get insights on how to be a better writer, listen to great discussions by some great celebrities, and have a lot of fun with friends. John Rhys-Davies (Gimli from Lord of the Rings) even winked and blew a kiss at me as he walked by our lunch table!
Also, it was very interesting to see all kinds of people getting their geek on. A lot of people were dressed casually like me, but I saw elaborate costumes on people of all ages from infants to people in their seventies. I saw hobbits, wizards, knights, elves, dragons, fairies, and a hundred other things I couldn’t name. I’m really not into the costume thing to much myself, but I gotta give props to the people who really took the time to go all out. It definitely made the experience that much more entertaining.
My favorite part of the day was when Billy Boyd sang the “Edge of Night” song from the “Return of the King” movie. It was truly magical. John Rhys-Davies was also amazing. His voice is just like butter, and he is one of the classiest guys I have ever seen. He has a dignity that not many people have these days, but he still is very down to earth and likeable. Those two stole the show in my opinion.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to go to another convention in the future.
Check out some pics of the the adventure:
Sing when you’re happy,
Smile when you’re sad,
Remember to be thankful,
Hold your breath when you’re mad.
Laugh if it’s Funny,
Understand when its not,
Cry with the low in heart,
Help those who are lost,
Fight for justice,
Have mercy on the weak,
Educate the clueless,
Adventure always seek,
Pray for those who hurt you,
Serve those who have a need,
Find joy in other’s gladness,
Love all by word and deed.