Saturday, July 16, 2011

Requiem for One Stop Poetry

[Baut Images: Ecolo]

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams,--
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Arthur O'Shaughnessy
(Initial lines)

As I awoke this morning, I felt very motivated to write this blog about One Stop Poetry (OSP) since I had participated in some of it's activities; namely One Shot Wednesday and One Shoot Sunday. I had also been interviewed by Adam on one occasion, and with Chris on another, with some of my photographic images being shown, along with one image that was  used in the Sunday challenge. What a great and positive experience that was!

The following are some of my personal sentiments regarding OSP:

• One of my primary beliefs is that our species, if it is going to survive, is going to need to bring people together, and work for the mutual benefit of everyone. Our forefathers knew this, when they said, "United we stand, divided we fall."

• This, indeed, is what I saw in OSP. People working together for the benefit of all participants and co-founders alike. To me, OSP brought bright and talented individuals together and provided an online experience that addressed the several aspects of the Arts.

• It was absolutely amazing to see how these Arts were presented, and that presentation must have been pretty darn good to pull me in. Especially, since I'm one of those rather selective individuals about what I do, or participate in. I look for quality, and I do mean high quality, and OSP manifested that!

• Everything about OSP was a cut above anything else I had seen regarding the Arts. Pages, layout, graphics, images, Mr. Linky (methinks) for participants to link their sites to an activity, programming, et cetera, was literally TOP OF THE LINE! Whomever did all of this work (and I think I have an idea of who it was) certainly should have been given more than a Shorty; preferably an Emmy and a cash bonus in gold; not paper!

• As I participated with OSP, I became acquainted with, and was fortunate enough to interect with some very extraordinary artists and a few of the co-founders associated with it. I really enjoyed this intereaction, as visiting their sites expanded my insight into how some of them presented their work, and how they did things. I also appreciated comments that were made from other participants and co-founders, when I wrote a poem for one of the events. I found the comments to be a wonderful tool to help me take a second look at what I had written or presented.

• So, it was, I felt a bit of sadness when I first heard about the departure of co-founders, and then to learn later on, that others were leaving too; especially since OSP had only recently celebrated it's one year anniversary. One short year, and so much accomplished. One short year and a concept that was so very much needed in today's materialistic and tired society. One short year and a model that is hopefully an inspiration to others. One short year and a Shorty for a job well done for the co-founders.

• To Adam, Peter, Leslie, Brian and Claudia, Chris, Gay and Jessica, some of you I know a bit better than others. I want to say to each of you that I am sure your efforts with OSP have touched the minds, hearts and lives of more people than you can ever imagine; I know it did mine! And, in touching those lives you have made a difference in them, and I am certain it is a positive difference.

• So a BIG personal "Thank you," is in order to each one of you, for giving me the opportunity to encounter One Stop Poetry! The path each of us travels is often a "pathless path" whether we realize it or not, but that path takes all of us to the same place at journey's end.

FINAL THOUGHT: The sad thing is, that I do not feel One Stop Poetry had to end when it did! I think there were some other dynamics involved that brought OSP to its conclusion. There were enough people involved who could have carried on the torch of OSP, even if some other individuals didn't want to. OSP could have continued bringing people together for the benefit of the Arts and people everywhere...Think about it...Did OSP really have to end so abruptly? And why does it seem that our species keeps doing this sort of thing to itself...over and over and over...But it is over...sad...Sayonara to One Stop Poetry. Perhaps Sayanora to Homo sapiens..."The moving finger writes, and then moves on." Kahlil Gibran.

"For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth."
Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Roger Allen Baut ☺


  1. Beautiful, thank you. There's little more meaningful than people coming together to collaborate toward a common goal.

  2. Thank you sooo very much for your input Terra! I really appreciate your input 'cause it just all came together and I wasn't sure how it would be received! Many, many thanks! Roger ☺

  3. cheers Roger...not sure where my original comment went...i think i hit the wrong darn have been a top drawer contributor and supporter and these words feel me both with sadness and pride...I hope others follow what has been achieved...I have always said, as Adam echoed today, Poetry is the Winner...take care pete

  4. Strange things happen in virtual space!

    I thank you for your comment Pete...and appreciate your sentiments...OSP can "never" be duplicated! People may try, but will never achieve the same "essence" as you did!

    I will definately miss OSP and its many brought "light" into a veritable Dark Age of materialism, ignorance and ego, for that, the universe will bless you three-fold...

    I look forward to following your journey...I'm sure it will be an interesting one...Take gentle care Pete...

    All my best,
    Roger ☺

  5. As a former ED at a nonprofit community arts center I deeply resonated with your words. A beautiful sentiment so well expressed. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  6. ...and thank you so much for adding your comment to my blog is sincerely appreciated! Feedback is so important...helps us along our pathless path! Thanks again, Roger ☺

  7. Your poem and message were extremely thoughtful, Roger. Thank you very much. So glad you were a part of it :) adam

  8. You're very welecome Adam,...happy you liked what I wrote...and I'm happy to have been part of was indeed wonderful...Roger ☺