6 thoughts on “Repent at Leisure

  1. Dear Sarah,
    I came to the conclusion last week that it was time for me to step away from social media for a while. I was a little conflicted if that included my blog but when I thought of posting a piece I had written I realized it would instigate the need for affirmation so I stopped. But, as I often recognize glimmers of my inspirations in your work, your piece here reminded me of it. I have gone on to develop it in the first person which was the suggestion of the leader of the Roundtable I have joined. Perhaps I’ll share it because it will be for you and nothing beyond that will matter. Thank you for always pushing me forward one, sometimes lonely but always interesting, step at a time. Now I’m going to read your poem again and bow my head.
    Love,
    Deb

    1. What a beautiful comment, Deb,
      Thank you!
      Here’s how I look at it…I consider Facebook, Twitter, and groups of that ilk to be Social Media. I consider literary sites, art sites, subject- specific sites (for the most part) to be educational; at the very least, educational entertainment. There is a reason I’m telling you this. It is because of an email I received yesterday, and I quote:
      “I’ve given up on Social Media and have decided to make friends outside of Facebook, while applying the same principles. Each day I walk down the street and tell passersby what I’ve eaten, how I feel, what I did the night before and what I will do tomorrow. Then I give them pictures of my family, my pets, my garden. I also listen to their conversations and tell them I love them…and it really works. I already have 3 people following me…. two police officers and a psychiatrist. ”

      That is strictly to make you laugh. I do not consider a writing site, most especially not your writing site, to be social media. I look at such sites as an oasis in a desert. I sincerely hope you won’t give up on writing and sharing. It is good for the soul, the craft and for other writers.

      As for Repent at Leisure…It was first published on the original Peaceful Pub in 2010 and first published on WordPress here:
      https://smzang.com/2012/04/15/repent-at-leisure/

      I am truly honored that an old recycled poem elicited such a beautiful comment. Thank you again.

      1. Dear Sarah,
        As the girls at work say, “Word!” Thank you, for sharing these timely words. I almost hit publish earlier this morning then stopped. But I will whisper a pray that I release any need for recognition, or hope of affirmation, and offer my words as a gift with the same heart I would gladly offer any gift to a child—freely, with love. I’ll go back and tap Publish. It’s for you.
        D

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