Thursday, March 27, 2014

Da Count-Friday 55

FRIDAY 55

The dinosaurs have died.
The first written record appears.
Rome falls.
The New World is discovered.
The colonies win independence.
Production lines begin.
The sun begins to set on the British Empire.
Nuclear bombs are used in war.
A man walks on the moon.
 
It's the end of an era,
G-man is passing the torch.




DA COUNT

It's been quite a while since I have regularly participated in Friday 55, in which players write a story or poem in 55 words.  Any regular reader here though knows I contributed most weeks for a long time.  Once upon a time, before G-man hosted the Friday 55, Susie was the host.  About seven years ago she passed that responsibility to G-man, who has been the host with the most from coast to coast all this time.  He has decided it is time to pass the torch on to some new hosts.

I want to take this week to thank G-man for being a great host.  He wrote some hilarious 55s over the years and not a few poignant ones.  He consistently turned out something fun to read and graciously visited every single participant each week.  He cultivated a creative corner of the blogosphere that meant a lot to me.  Although I wrote poetry for years before I blogged I kept it very private, believing I had no real skill.  When Susie, began Friday 55 I started in the original intent which was to create a complete story in 55 words.  I eventually found I liked a more poetic form for many of my compositions.  When G-man began hosting he built the audience quickly and I gained a lot of positive feedback which encouraged me to believe I wasn't a terrible poet.  Though I have no delusions of literary genius it has been fun to find a place to share my works where they are enjoyed.  I gained confidence in my writing even as I explored different concepts.  Thanks again, G-man for the years of fun.

19 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement and I'm glad you and your writing found it.

G-Man said...

Trini...
You have been my longest commenter since Bryan doesn't blog anymore.
We have been and will continue to be friends forever.
Thanks for the Farewell 55
And the back story.
Thanks for your awesome support
You Rock My World
Have a Kick Ass Week-End

hedgewitch said...

I love this poem--it says it all. And I wholeheartedly agree about all the positive things Galen did with the platform of only 55 words. His own 55's never failed to crack me up, or make me think, and he has always been one of the most generous and supportive people out there. We'll all miss him.

Nara Malone said...

It's a wonderful community and I've grown here as a writer too. Thanks so much for the backstory. I didn't know it was around before G-Man hosted.

Margaret said...

… I agree wholeheartedly, Galen is one-of-a-kind. Your poem says it all (in 55 words:)

TALON said...

That is the gift of Galen. And one that remains no matter where his Harley takes him -- his gift of genuine encouragement.

grapeling said...

thanks for the story, too - quite the historical path, too, in your pen ~

Gabriella said...

I like the clever way you link Galen's passing of the torch to world history! It does feel like it is the end of an era.

Tabor said...

Some of us have writing diarrhea and continue to do this even though we fear strongly there is not talent being expressed. I think it is very therapeutic and do not really care if I am good, bad or normal!

Mary said...

Thank you for the backstory of the beginning of the 55's. Indeed, it is the end of an era, a milestone; and G-Man will always be remembered for what he has grown and tended so caringly. Do not sell your poetry writing short. I like your style. Hope to see you in some of the other poetry venues...

Grace said...

Thanks for the backstory as well on the 55 words ~ I have learned the fun way to blog, which is to say it in 55 words, no more, nor less ~ See you other the blogger world ~

Anvilcloud said...

You write well, and it satisfies a need for you. That's all that matters.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Well done! Bravo!!! I didn't know Susie but the first time I posted a 55 I did my research and linked to Susie, which I think Galen appreciated. I, too, have been more absent then present of late but like I told him....a Friday never goes by without me thinking about 55's and the best host ever.

Björn said...

Oh being new here.. I feel i'm threading on sacred grounds when I read your poem

Suldog said...

People like G-Man (and Hillary, with her Blogs of the Week, and previously David McMahon and Eddie Bluelights, who did similar service) make it so much nicer for their fellow bloggers. They give encouragement and build audience. God bless them all.

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Jannie Funster said...

Wow, awesome. I didn't realize you were one of G-Man's very first commenters, cool! Miss him already. But looking forward to the new Fireblossom / Mama Z show.

See you around! xo

Jocelyn said...

I do so love a heartfelt thank you, especially with regards to something that has been truly meaningful in your life!

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