#PoetryReadathon – Meet poetry blogger Brad Volz

Poetry readathon

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Michael and I are delighted to welcome blogger and writer, Brad Volz, to robbiesinspiration today

Brad Volz has a most interesting blog called Writing to Freedom. He writes a variety of lovely poems, including haikus, and he also has a series entitled Awesome Stories where he shares all sorts of amazing accomplishments by various people in the area of saving Earth from negative human interventions.

Brad has recently started a series called Soulful Sunday the purpose of which is to share poems, musing and thoughts that feed our souls.

I am sharing the following poem by Brad today:

A season of love

lush petals dripping

awakening hungry senses

a convoy of enticing aromas

wafting through my body

the goddess of romance beckons

with trepidation, I heed the siren call

venturing forth in a season of love

Brad’s beautiful poems are always accompanied by the most outstanding floral photographs.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a man who has never really found his direction in life. I live a simple life of work, time in nature, friends, food, reading, and writing.  I blog as a venue for inspiring and connecting with others. My passions are being in nature, heartfelt communication, and photography. I write because it’s a way to share the feelings I have in nature and I’ve grown to love the connections with people around the world.

It sounds like you do have direction, Brad, and have elected your chosen path in life. I must say it does sound like you made a good choice.

Who is your favourite poet?

I love Rumi and Mary Oliver. Rumi clearly had an estatic relationship with life and spirit, and Mary’s poetry often touches deep feelings of awe, wonder, and love for nature.

What is your favourite poem? Here is one I love from Mary Oliver called Morning Poem.
Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange
sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
and fasten themselves to the high branches—
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands
of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it
the thorn
that is heavier than lead—
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging—
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted—
each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.
and one I love from Rumi called Some Kiss We Want
There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of
spirit on the body. Seawater
begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild darling! At
night, I open the window and ask
the moon to come and press its
face against mine. Breathe into
me. Close the language- door and
open the love window. The moon
won’t use the door, only the window.
Two different and extraordinary poems, Brad. Both are great choices.

What do you appreciate the most in a poem?

I like poems that evoke deep feelings, especially ones that uplift or help bring me back to my true nature.

I like that type of poetry too, Brad.

Why do you write poetry?

Why do you write poetry. I write poetry in an attempt to uplift others, and share my essential nature and love for nature.

Wanting to uplift others is a great reason to write, Brad.

Find Brad Volz

My blog Writing to Freedom; https://writingtofreedom.com/

21 thoughts on “#PoetryReadathon – Meet poetry blogger Brad Volz

  1. I love Brad’s poetry and the photos of nature that inspire him. I’m not surprised that Rumi and Mary Oliver are favorites; they’re wonderful. Thanks so much, Brad, for sharing more of yourself. And another enjoyable feature, Robbie. 🙂

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