Matters of the Heart is Pure Poetry

National Heart Month, Women's Heart Health Month

This month commemorates all things of the heart. Throughout February, we celebrate National Heart Month and Women’s Heart Health Month, and of course Valentine’s Day on the 14th. Have a heart and don’t go breaking anyone’s heart, spiritually or physically!

Matters of the Heart

Oh the gentle beat
pulsating in a rhythmic strobe
filled with life robust
overflowing with love
that which is kindred and passionate
like a fairy sprinkling stardust

pain of brokenness
aches and attacks
mending to the skip of a beat
where hurt and pain dwells
a bitter pill to swallow
with healing and joy complete

the meaning of love
the core essence of the spirit
tender, honest, merry and true
where matters of the heart
form an emotional intervention
embracing the ties that bind anew.

© Kym Gordon Moore

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day 365 Days Each Year

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Well, today is Valentine’s Day, but it really isn’t a special day for me. Why? Because my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s Day each day. Life is a very precious gift that each one of us has been given. At any given time, we can check out on this side of life at any time on any day. Each day is an opportunity to treat your loved ones with love. We are to share that with others even if we have to love them from afar.

In this tumultuous world we live in, we can change it…together! Just because the news shows chaos, violence and mayhem, you name it, we can’t worry about it, but we can make a difference, somehow, some way. Our differences and diversities of gifts make each one of us an asset in God’s eyes and I am truly grateful for that.

So, on this Valentine’s Day, don’t look for what you can get, look for what you can give, and do it with love from your heart.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Power of Love Poetry Open Mic was Magical

Valentine's Day Poetry Open Mic, Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, Kym Gordon Moore

Newspaper Reporter, Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Open Mic Moderator, Kym Gordon Moore

The evening of Valentine’s Day, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center was definitely filled with the power of love! The audience was engaged in poetic deliveries of love through music, live artistic renditions on canvas and word games surrounding the theme of Valentine’s Day. Attendees ranged in ages from infants to grandparents, with a kaleidoscope of cultural diversity represented. The room was beautifully decorated with a “HEART-felt” theme.

Susan Didier, Community Development Specialist for the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center stated, “Such a terrific reading tonight. Forty people came out with “The Power of Love” to celebrate Valentine’s Day! A HUGE thanks to all who read! We received rave reviews from our audience and press. Can’t wait to hear more of your amazing poems!”

Digital artist Erin Penland and comic artist Mark Hassler painted their renditions on canvas inspired by the vibes they felt from the power of poetry readings. The atmosphere was fun, festive and presented in a distinctive way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with family and friends. Poets who read, performed or sang their poems were Bailey Workman, Brian Bacik, Dwight Roth, Sarah Klapprodt, Kyla McKenzie, Norman J. Bartee, Dr. Roger Fish and Juan Carlos Gonzalez. Members of our poetry group who were unable to attend open mic, but sent their poems to be read were Christian George (read by Kym Gordon Moore) and Michael Faulkenberry (read by Susan Didier).

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, one of our local newspaper reporters who came to cover our event was so moved and inspired that he shared a couple of his favorite poems with the audience. Oversized Valentine’s Day word games were placed at different locations in the room, for the audience to engage in. Prizes were given to those who participated in the Valentine’s Day games. A spread of hors d’ oeuvres and beverages were available for everyone to enjoy. The food was topped off with delicious, decadent Valentine’s Day cupcakes, donated by Cassandra Tindell, owner of Mainely Cupcakes. These melt in your mouth treats definitely left everyone experiencing “A Tasteful Delight in Every Bite!” For more information about Mainly Cupcakes, please visit their website and connect with them through social media. http://mainelycupcakes.com

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If you’re in the area, join us next month for more poetry excitement, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center.

Valentine’s Day is an extra excuse for chocolate!

I don’t need to only indulge in rich, decadent chocolate when Valentine’s Day rolls around. Actually, one of my favorite chocolates throughout the year is Hershey’s Kisses. Yep, no frills just that solid chocolate candy, in the shape of a drop wrapped in silver foil, with the tiny label sticking out the top!

Hershey’s is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. Founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894 as the Hershey Chocolate Company, a subsidiary of his Lancaster Caramel Company, he located his company near Derry Township, Pennsylvania. According to Wikipedia, by the summer of 1905, with the milk from nearby dairy farms and the spirit of hard-working local people, his new factory started turning out delicious milk chocolate. Its headquarters are in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which is also home to Hershey’s Chocolate World. Hershey’s products are sold in over sixty countries worldwide. Hershey is also a member of the World Cocoa Foundation.

If you are a Hershey’s fan, what’s your favorite chocolate and do you have a chocolate recipe that you use Hershey’s chocolate in that you care to share with us? If Hershey’s is not your favorite brand (considering that you eat chocolate), tell us what brand you prefer.

The way I savor Hershey’s Kisses, is to pop one in my mouth and allow the chocolate to melt and seduce my taste buds! Simple pleasures are the best! Oh happy, happy Hershey’s Chocolate Day! Yep, I am chocolate wasted about right now! SWEET!!!

The Power of Love Poetry Open Mic

The Power of Love, Valentine's Day 2015, From Behind the Pen

I will moderate the 2015 Valentine’s Day poetry open mic, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, in Indian Trail, NC. Everyone is invited to come out and share your poem, song or artwork of LOVE, on any topic. As a reminder, this is a FREE G-rated event and children may be present. Light Hors d’oeuvres will be served. It all happens on Valentine’s Day, from 6:30-8:30pm.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Make this Valentine’s Day a Beautiful Day!

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Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Creative Romance Month during February. Feeling loved, being loved or showing love isn’t designated for a particular time frame, but for every single day! Keep the flow of love going all year around and mean it from your heart. In the meantime, for this moment, have a wonderful and beautiful Valentine’s Day, whether you have a special significant other or not!