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.
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