If you have not seen the tv ads or heard already, Starbucks Happy Hour is here in the United States! It began on May 5 and ends on May 14, 2017. It is only from 3-6 pm at Starbucks and is a half off frappuccino happy hour!! I have tried the new midnight mint mocha creme frappuccino several times and it is really good. The Smores frappuccino is also back. I believe those are both only for a limited time so hurry in if you want to catch them before they are gone!!!
Poet’s note: I published this poem on 4/4/17. I want to share it here, as well. If you are looking to read more of my poetry, please feel free to check out https://www.poemhunter.com/julie-a-smith/. I publish additional poetry there that is not all published on my personal blog.
I broke up with you
exactly one month ago.
I had peace with my decision,
but I didn’t want to hurt you.
But then you hurt me so badly.
It was an amazingly amicable break-up.
We both agreed that it was for the best.
You even said how you likely
would have broken up with me
in a few days since you felt that way, too.
But then I couldn’t believe that you
unfriended me on Facebook
a few days after our break-up.
You never told me
and left me to find out the hard way.
We had been friends for years.
Ten to be exact.
I could not believe that you would do that,
and then totally freeze me out
and cut off communication entirely.
I am definitely not perfect,
but I deserve better than that.
about being friends with guys.
Sometimes it is harder than being friends with girls
for obvious reasons.
I let you in
which I don’t always do
and it ended up
seriously harming a friendship
and hurting my heart.
that there is still a guy out there
who will treat me tenderly
and cherish my healing heart
but sometimes that seems
so far away.
sooner rather then later
that vulnerable hope
will come true.
A rainy day
full of fog and a dreary feel
even though the temperature
is a pleasant 43 degrees outside,
and I am enjoying my three day weekend
since I took an extra day off work
for my birthday weekend.
Sipping my caramel latte
and trying to find inspiration to write.
and a writing dry spell
combine to stop my pen
and my poetry.
The gray skies
but somehow that
on this rainy February day.
With the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series last night 8-7 over the Cleveland Indians, it truly is a testimony to dreamers! It reminds me to never give up on the dreams that God has put in your heart. Some may take years to come to pass, but take heart that it likely won’t be the 108 years that is took since the Cubs last won the World Series. Hard times come to every household, but in life it is important to never lose hope or faith.
I grew up in Illinois and have lived here all my life, and my Grandpa used to be a huge Cubs fan. I always root for Illinois teams, and like many people I have come to expect the Cubs to lose. They are loveable underdogs. But it is new season of excitement and fresh life and new beginnings, and with the Cubs winning the World Series, it has taught me to not give up on your dreams no matter how long they take to come to pass.
It is disheartening.
I tell myself
to move on
to let go
to have hope
and to love again
but those things
are easier said then done.
Fiery darts to your soul.
Part of your heart feels forever wounded
and the healing is so painfully slow.
Guys want a girl’s body
but that can destroy her heart.
I wish more guys
were walking in honor and seeking
a woman worth waiting for
rather than pleasure for the moment.
But some things should be sacred
and in a lifetime commitment.
Marriage is a sacrament,
but society mocks the holy
and people of faith
and that makes me
want a revival of passion
amidst the billions of people
in this world.
But he keeps passing me by
and thus the longing in my heart
makes me cry.
Author’s note- this post from several years ago was on my mind again recently, and I want to re-share it (with a few slight editing updates) since the topic is so good and is one that many people have pondered over the years.
Can men and women just be friends? That is a question that many writers, singers, and infinitely countless number of women and men and boys and girls have pondered through the ages. It is the quintessential age-old question. I, too, have pondered this question over the years, and my interest in women’s studies and my own personal experiences in the murky waters that can be male and female friendship has led me to examine this subject one again. Also, I have noticed that of all my blog postings, the most popular one is my first post on Word Press, “Love, rejection, and poetry (a.k.a. a heart, a wall, and vulnerability)”. I have observed that there is an wide interest in the topic of rejection judging by the many google searches where people end up on my blog when they are looking for topics such as “love rejection poems”, “heartbreaking love poems”, “rejection poetry”, and “famous poems on rejection” (I didn’t realize that I was famous). If you are interested in reading my post on love and rejection, then feel free to link to it here: https://julieannesmith.wordpress.com/2012/01/
Today I was reading an article in the Daily Illini online written by Tanya Trivedi on 4/24/12 entitled “Just friends or hidden desires: Cross-gender friendships not clear-cut.” I found the article to be thought-provoking and well-written, and it caused me to re-visit this topic, ponder my personal experiences, and take action to write a blog post. Trivedi begins her article with a quote from Oscar Wilde and then she poses some interesting questions. Here is an excerpt:
“Centuries ago, Oscar Wilde said, “Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.” Can his perception of friendships between males and females still ring true in regards to sprouting relationships in the 21st century? Perhaps love, passion, enmity or worship is lurking under the illusory layer of what we think of as friendship.”
My experiences in the vastly murky waters of male/female friendships (and relationships) has not always been a pleasant one. Hence, some of my poetry. I am definitely not a huge dater, and I actually have only dated a small number of guys in my life. There is a long list of reasons for that, but I am sure no one here wants to read a book. However, to give a “Julie’s condensed version”, I would say some of the reasons are:
1. My parent’s divorce scarred me, and I have various fears related to love. I am greatly troubled by the vast number of marriages that end in divorce, and how it seems (for reasons that I do not understand) that people can have longer relationships with their favorite sweater than a committed, lasting, and emotionally healthy and stable marriage. Pardon my bluntness.
2. I am quite independent, and I have never been one to “need a man” to be happy. Sometimes it seems to me that many women let their own emotional contentedness and happiness with their life rest on the fact of whether or not they have a boyfriend (or husband). I would like to think that has never been me.
3. I am not a fan of internet dating. I prefer to know a guy in person. However, with the current rise of internet dating, sometimes it seems that I am the only one not really desiring to run out and do e-harmony or Match.com. Almost every wedding that I have attended in the last 5 years came about as the result of internet dating. Am I missing out? Personally, I do not think so. (Author’s updated note 9/9/16- I am pondering this topic again re: if I am missing out, because internet dating is a possible avenue to love, although I MUCH prefer the old-fashioned way of knowing a guy in person and then dating. However, the jury is still out).
4. I keep busy with my friends, family, interests, church, and (previously) my educational degrees that I attained.
5. Financial limitations, perhaps??? I was unemployed after the two companies that I worked for both closed during the Recession, and no way was my focus on dating. Also, these days, while I am a feminist, I still think that it is beautiful for a guy to treat a girl very special on a date, as well as to pay, especially if you are first dating and the guy has initiated the date. Call me sexist if you want to, but honestly I like that tradition and think it is quite noble and honorable. However, often times both parties wish to date but do not have any money. Dating doesn’t really need to involve much money, and creative and free alternatives can also be done. Personally, I am quite content with pizza (which you can cook at home) and a relaxing movie, but it can be nice to go out, too. (Good conversation is always free, might I add). However, if I am left to fend for myself and pay my own way (as some guys seem to prefer), then honestly I would rather be able to afford to pay my rent than to go to a nice dinner at Texas Roadhouse. Dating is not a necessity, but I will not go so far as to say dating is a luxury, either. I believe there are economic factors in dating that have previously been overlooked and heretofore have not been the focus of Sociological studies about dating.
6. I strongly prefer being friends with women to being friends with men, with a few exceptions over the years. Those exceptions are typically the husbands of my close female friends (or my Dad or brother), however some other exceptions that I have made over the years have led to pain and heartache, causing me to being even MORE apt to prefer friendship with women rather than men. My heart has been hurt enough over my lifetime. Finally, it can be hard to safeguard your heart and still be open to romantic love, which I desire.
7. Ok, ok, maybe I am writing a book here. So, I will end this list with the fact that I am picky. Also, often the guys that I would enjoy dating do not clearly initiate, most guys seem gun-shy about using the D-word (author’s side note: which I understand, because none of us like rejection…but I totally agree with a quote from the movie When in Rome: “the passion is in the risk” or “the beauty is in the risk”), and I can be shy when I like a guy. And, as far as being picky, I think that it is important to have an emotional connection with a guy that you would date, as well as a physical attraction. Also, I would enjoy some common spiritual beliefs, however I have had it both ways in dating, and honestly I found it challenging both ways but for different reasons. Finally, two of the qualities that I find most endearing in a guy are seldom found together: boldness and gentleness. I desire to be treated tenderly and gently, and guys that have a gentle and caring personality are very attractive to me. However, I also enjoy bold guys who are leaders, highly verbal, and “Joshua” type men (meaning Joshua from the Bible). If I ever find a guy who has both qualities, that may be the perfect guy for me.
As far as men and women just being friends, I am coming to realize that I cannot do that topic justice in one blog post. I will say that it is a hotly debated topic, and in my personal experience some guys that I used to be friends with have acted like they no longer wanted to be my friend after they asked me out, and I verbally told them that I did not feel that same way about them. No one wants to hear “I just think of you as a friend”, but sometimes that is the truth. I would rather be honest, but I never want to hurt anyone. I remember a guy friend in college who I suspected liked me, but I had a boyfriend. Almost immediately after my boyfriend and I broke up, there was an instance where the three of us were eating lunch together. We went to part ways and my ex left first. My guy friend at that point took the opportunity to kiss me on the forehead while I was standing there shocked and stunned, and he said, “I can do that now since you are single.” UH, NO! Sometimes stuff like that makes me frustrated, and at times it seems like male and female friendships (and relationships) are like buried landmines in a vast field and you walk across the field and do your best to try to escape without major damage to life and limb. Alright, I am being dramatic. It is nowhere near that complicated or harmful, but male/female friendships are challenging and pose unique issues for everyone involved.
How about you? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on male/female friendships. Do you find them challenging? How do you safeguard yourself from being hurt? Do you even think men and women can be friends, or is it a lost cause and we are all fooling ourselves?
and being constantly overlooked
is my lament
as the years go by.
to recently be inspired again
and not let my writing gift go dormant
My ten day poetry class
has quickly sped to an end.
poetic inspiration flourishing
boy meets girl
and actually asks girl out
(yes, such a novel concept these days)
commitment more than a passing fancy
or moving on to the next girl
that promises more
and touches my heart
like a beautiful cherry blossom.
and a dash
of exciting world travel, too.
In my dreams
for the future.