Honored with a Pushcart Nomination!

I am so happy to share with you that Lisa Tomey of Prolific Pulse Press, LLC emailed to inform me my piece “Sweet Embrace,” featured in the anthology Heart Beats, was nominated for the illustrious Pushcart Prize!! I’m blown away and filled with gratitude for this news! Lisa’s support and belief in my work continue to push me to greater heights. For that, I am very thankful. It means so, so much to me—what a great end to my day!

Here is the poem which tugged at her heart to prompt the nomination.

Sweet Embrace 

even though life burdens us with chronic ills – unfortunate, inconvenient, and untimely  
they are all these  
but regardless of diminishing delights, despite the looming fear 
our wants still long for self-determined joy 

parents, grandmothers, grandfathers, close friends, lovers, children  
and the cultural norms of some countries laid aside 
we demand what once was so common, that which we’ve side-lined out of concern 
and care for the living and vulnerable 

while we slowly readjust to a new reality, creativity forces our hand 
determined to fill the wants that now have become needs 
saving us from further despair, no more taking hits to our equilibrium 
as the plastic curtain crinkles in the arms of who we love 

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