Guest Post: Susan Langer

Susan Langer: Broken Glass

“Tonight’s blog post is a poem I wrote two days ago named ‘Broken Glass.’ I hope that you enjoy it although the topic is a bit dark. My inspiration for the poem was the broken relationship with my ex when we divorced and my daughter and I moved to Florida from Ohio.  It has taken years but they have reconciled their relationship although they will never get back the time that they lost.”

If the poem touches your heart, please share with your SM friends and followers for me. Susan…
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Credit- Susan Langer and Be Funky.com
Written 2/21/17

You were as cold as ice.
You held me at a distance.
The windows to your soul
your glass that replaced
your heart, hidden by you.

Would it have hurt you to
…welcome my heart’s warmth,
…melt your icy countenance
…let me touch your inner soul?

My adult realised…
…your false mask with me,
…your hiding of inner soul,
…your countenance hid pain,
…your broken damaged heart.
As I walked out of your life with
her small hand in mine, thoughts
of our daughter unable to see that
…your damaged soul wasn’t her fault
…your brokenness wasn’t her fault
…your hidden pain wasn’t her fault.

I wondered if your pain might lead you
to something, someone, somewhere.
You could let down your mask, facade,
during the time that passed you by.
As my daughter tries to forget you,
your distorted memory fades while
she grows up and blames herself
for your inability to love her.

Does my inner child understand
that she is not to blame as well.

Poetry Prompt “glass”  © Susan Langer
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Our guest today is Susan who has now been retired for several years and lives in Nashville Tennessee with her daughter and family. Before she retired, she worked as an RN for 30 years.  Now she blogs and writes poetry several times a week. She likes writing and reading books. My chat with Susan was most enjoyable. I am confident you will enjoy it too. Do follow her blog Susan’s Thoughts and Musings for more.

RNG: Good morning Susan, it’s great to be chatting with you here,  could you start by telling us a bit about yourself? 🙂

Susan: I’m retired for several years and live in Nashville Tennessee with my daughter and family. Before I retired, I worked as an RN for 30 years.  Now I am a blogger and write poetry several times a week.

RNG: Oh that’s great. That’s a huge service to humanity I would say. Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? 🙂

Susan: My blog is Susan’s Thoughts and Musings. I actually started this blog a few months ago with intention my four other blogs and combining them on one website. The other blogs were started three years ago with each having a different niche or theme. They covered: 1. The Inner Soul about mental illness and mental health awareness; 2. my Personal Thoughts where I write an opinion and current events or whatever crosses my mind; 3. Poetry and Prose has some of the poetry I write and short stories/flash fiction; and 4. my Devotional Journal with different devotional and Bible studies.

RNG: I have read you writes and I absolutely love them. You are an excellent wordsmith and can comfortably write in the English language. Is there any other language that you write in?  And when did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

Susan: I write English only and I have been writing most of my life since I couldn’t read and spell.

RNG: Each individual has his own style of working, how would you describe your own personal style?

Susan: My poetry is more serious as it is written about my abuse experience as a child or about spirituality. Most of my writing I like to use a conversational style.

RNG: You are a spiritual person and a person who has served humanity to the best of your ability for 30 years…Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? What is your motivation factor?

Susan: The inspiration for my posts varies. I do keep a schedule on my calendar but it’s flexible. As far as what I write, most comes from things I see or hear or read about. What motivates me is that I love writing so I write.

RNG: How long does it take you to write a poem/article?

Susan: It depends on what I am writing. Sometimes a poem will be completed in five or ten minutes, but other times it will take an hour or more. Articles take a little longer with research if needed plus writing and editing about one to two hours.

RNG: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Susan: My schedule is flexible for me since I am retired. Most of my writing I do in the evening even up till midnight. During the day I’ll do some marketing, read email, or run errands. Sometimes I don’t do anything related to my blog if I am not in the mood. I have one rule I try to honour and that is no blogging on the weekend or holidays. I didn’t follow that rule the first year and I almost burned out.

RNG: Now THAT is something to learn…even I am going to follow it no… because sometimes I feel so burnt out… like mother always says…”excess of everything is bad…” thanks Susan for this precious input… other than posting already prepared guest posts I won’t do anything else on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays… So what would you say is your interesting writing quirk 

Susan: I don’t know if this is a quirk but when I write, I do so straight through without paying attention to grammar or punctuation. I edit after it is written.

RNG: When did you write your first poem/article and how old were you?

Susan: My first writing that I remember was about age six or seven. It was a poem but I didn’t know that then. Poetry is my first love.

RNG: Great! I wrote my first in class 10th when I was roughly 15 years… and that too when my exams were going on. Though they appreciated it but my parent literally freaked. How many poems/articles have you written till now? Can you share a few links to your favourite articles or a few lines of a poem close to your heart with our readers?

Susan: I couldn’t tell you a number except my blog tells me over 1100 posts since I started blogging. That doesn’t count all of the other articles or poems written before I blogged and it doesn’t count things I have written and published elsewhere or just kept personally. A couple of posts I like are: searching yourself and lone leaf

RNG: So much about writing 🙂  What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Susan: I like to spend time with my two grandchildren ages 5 and 7. I love going to shop and have brunch with my daughter and I am a paranormal fanatic, so I watch TV shows like Ghost Adventures when I have time.

RNG: Tell us about your most recent work and who inspired you?

Susan: All of my writing is currently on my blog, but I am in the process of writing a memoir with a working title, To Reach For The Light.

RNG: What is your motto in life?

Susan: I don’t have a motto but I have a Bible verse that God gave to me…”Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 47:11.

RNG: That’s so true… most of the time we are impatient and forget Him. We only remember God when we are hurt or need something. We never remember to thank Him in our happy times. You have a lot of followers to your blog how did you do this? Was there ever a time when you had say only one follower? How did you get more?

Susan: Two things help…write a lot while getting better at the craft and market, market, and then market some more.

RNG: According to you what are the top 3 factors that one has to keep in mind while trying to write a successful blog post?

Susan: 1. Listen to your heart. 2, Listen to your followers. 3. Edit well.

RNG: You absolutely hit the nail on the head with this one. Susan, I wish you all the best for your blog Susan’s Thoughts and Musings and hope it grows further. Any special message or any suggestions you would like to share with your visitors/fans which you think would help them become a better writer?

Susan: Just do it. Write a lot and read a lot so you can learn and get ideas from others writings and style.

 So readers that was Susan Langer for you. To know your contemporary poets and writers who have graced my blog with guest posts and found their way to my hall of fame click here. Susan,  I hope to see you frequent my guest post in future also. 

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