Thursday, October 14, 2021

Welcome to Day 4 of #RRBC's October #SpotlightAuthor #PatGarcia @pat_garcia! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBCSA

Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to this month's RRBC Spotlight Author, Pat Garcia! She's both a poet and an author. She's also extremely supportive of other authors, so join me in showing her some love today. :-)


POETRY

I started writing poetry to deal with my anger, even though I didn’t know that when I began. I love poetry. Poets like Wordsworth, Blake, Tennyson, Henning, Elliot, Frost, Johnson, and Millay are still some of my favorites. I memorized their poems, and to this day, I still know most of them. They are buried deep within me, and one of them will arise whenever I need encouragement.

I loved reading so much that whenever I was home visiting, my dad would say, “Don’t put Patricia in the kitchen to cook because she burns everything.” It was true because I always had a book in my hand. I had no desire to learn how to cook, although today I must if I want to eat.

Recalling significant pieces of poetry by other poets has played a significant role in helping me get through some difficult times, so I began writing my own poems.  One of them is THE IF OF PEACE AND LOVE and I’d like to share it with you.

 

The If of Peace and Love

by Pat Garcia

If silkworms could grow peacefully,

Silk would fill the whole earth.

If the larvae of butterflies could choose,

Then, they would hatch on green leaves,

And grow in their brilliance.

Whatever happened to the vision of hope?

The gift of faith,

The coadunation found in peace and love,

The ideology of humans understanding humans,

The sacredness of respect.

The silkworms can’t spread,

Humans need silk scarves,

Silkworms multiply in glass houses for production.

Larvae grow into caterpillars,

But are trampled under feet

By people who walk, run, and drive

Ignorant of nature’s beauty.

Whatever happened to the vision of hope?

The gift of faith,

The coadunation found in peace and love,

The ideology of humans understanding humans,

The sacredness of respect.

I know, said the silkworms

Enclosed within their prison gates,

While another bunch of larvae mashes beneath hurried feet,

Or squishes under rubber tires.

The vision of hope is long obliterated,

Said the silkworms.

No, said the butterflies,

It is the loss of faith,

 Annihilated.

No, said the silkworms,

The ideology of understanding has turned into variables shades of gray.

Yes, said the butterflies, we agree.

The coadunation found in peace and love cocooned in faith,

Is no longer the sum total of the sacredness of respect.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Pat Garcia can't remember a day when she didn't desire to write. At the age of three, Pat wrote her first story. No one could understand it because she hadn't learned to write. So, she read the scribble on her paper to whoever would listen. Born in Blythe, Georgia, (USA), she is also a musician, singer, and songwriter and has released five CDs.


Check out one of her stories, Turn the Light On:

BOOK BLURB

Would you ever accept a dinner invitation to meet a stranger who never spoke one word to you during your time together? Would you accept that you could not even sit at the same table with them? How about, you don't even know their name and you continue this "game" for months?

Meet Della Cartwright. A superstar at what she does professionally, but when the tall, mysterious, Italian stranger, Alessio Terracina, enters her world, she begins to question her judgment and everything about her.

In this short story which takes place over the course of one day, this otherwise savvy businesswoman is led into making decisions that could jeopardize her professional life and maybe even cost her her freedom. But the greatest danger...just might be to her fragile heart.


CONTACTS

Author website - https://patgarciaauthor.com/

Facebook FanPage - https://www.facebook.com/patgarciaauthor

Twitter - @pat_garcia

 

Thanks for supporting the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB'S October Spotlight Author! To learn more about this author and all the wonderful perks she is receiving under this spotlight, please visit the RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR forum.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Pat and Yvette.

    Pat you are a real writer. Stories, poems, writing at a very young age. You seem to live and breathe it. Good luck to all your future endeavors.

    Yvette thanks for sharing.

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    1. Good Evening Shirley,
      Thank you, Shirley. I can't tale any credit for what happen to me. I didn't even realize that creative gift within me. I didn't understand it. I did know that something was within me that stirred a deep desire to write and I knew that my way would not be easy because I was living in the Deep South.
      Shalom aleichem

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    2. Thanks for passing by, Shirley! She is quite gifted, isn't she? :-)

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  2. What a powerful poem! Pat has such a unique way of expressing her thoughts and feelings. Congrats, Pat, on the spotlight! Thank you, Yvette, for hosting!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I wrote this poem as I was struggling with the aspect that we humans seemed to have forgot what it means to respect and to love one another.
      Shalom aleichem

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    2. So happy you stopped by and shared your enjoyment, Jan! :-)

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  3. I loved the poem and your book, Turn the light on. Great to see you featured here...enjoy the rest of your tour. Thank you, Yvette, for hosting Pat today.

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    1. My pleasure, John! So happy you stopped by to support Pat. :-)

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  4. Thank you, John. Isn't poetry wonderful. I think it is the best method to express our emotional world. It something about Writing poetry that makes you think deep. And thanks for reading Turn The Light On. That makes me happy.
    Shalom aleichem

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  5. My Dear Yvette,
    Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
    Sending you a big hug of Germany. I don't think you would recognize Frankfurt because so many things have changed.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. It's my pleasure, Pat. I have no doubt I wouldn't recognize Frankfurt. I barely remember it at all. Lol! ;-) I hope you keep enjoying the spotlight. :-)

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  6. Thank you, Yvette, for sharing the post about Pat Garcia and her poem and the importance of hope and faith.

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by, Linnea! :-)

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    2. Hi Linnea,
      Thank you for dropping by to support me on Yvette's Blog.
      Shalom aleichem

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  7. Pat, I don't always understand poetry but God Bless You for writing it.

    Yvette, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with Pat, Mark! :-)

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  9. This is a brilliant poem, Pat. I salute you. I also write poetry to express intense emotion, mine often being horror at the poverty and hopelessness I see around me every day. Thank you for hosting Pat here, Yevette.

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    1. Your poetry is also amazing, Robbie. Thanks for stopping by to support Pat. 😊

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