My light is shining today.



The Drabble has posted one of my poems today, Around the Corner. Today I will reach many more people with words of inspiration. This new year is full of possibilities. Don’t let your inner child hold you hostage. Jump into some poetry, swim around through the words and find something that will light you up.

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My light is shining



I am again honored to have a poem published by Vita Brevis, The New Poetry Magazine. My poem Rest is up today.  Rest is a constant seeking in our world by so many with weary hearts. If you are feeling frazzled, wired-tired and seeking escape then you are not alone. Take time to connect with another human, sit with quiet, or listen to a poem.

Sending love and support

by way of clouds

that surround us all

with protection.


Life is short …



My poem, Visiting With Chaoshas been published today on Vita Brevis. This literary magazine is dedicated to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide. Thank you Vita Brevis for supporting the community of writers.  Through poetry we can calm our minds, share the human experience and laugh together to keep our sanity. Life is short, poetry helps make the most of it.

An additional thank you to Carl who first published this poem on  Versewrights .

Make it a beautiful day.




Come write with me.


Erin Leichty Martin Levin

Writing is all about connection. Letters arranged to reach out across miles or decades. Voices being heard. Acknowledgement of experiences. Fantasy. Dreams on paper that can fly. Feeling another’s mind like jumping into a clear mountain lake. This is why I love writing with others. It is about a shared authentic experience that anyone can participate in.

If you are in the Portland, Oregon area during the month of October come visit the Multnomah  Arts Center Gallery where I will have some poems displayed in public for the first time as a guest of artists Erin Leichty and Martin Levin.  I am also holding a FREE community event.

Connecting Through Shared Writing
You are invited to connect with others through shared writing.  We will use poetry to listen, write and reflect together. Participants do not need to have any writing background just a willingness to listen and embrace a fun learning experience. You will leave inspired by the art and words as we gather in the gallery space at the Multnomah Arts Center on Sunday, October 15 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. FREE

ERIN LEICHTY & MARTIN LEVIN On Display October 6 – 24, 2017

Paintings & Metal Sculpture, Featuring Poetry by Ali Grimshaw

“Holding Space” & “Meditations on the Platonic Solids”

Reception: Friday, October 6 • 7 to 9 pm



Thank you

My poems, 32 Degrees and Bouncing Bullets, have been shared on The Drabble. This blog is dedicated to publishing original fiction, non-fiction, and poetic works of 100 words or less. If you enjoy creativity and concise writing this blog is for you. Thank you to The Drabble for creating and supporting a community of writers.  Through poetry we can calm our minds, share the human experience and laugh together to keep our sanity.

Make it a beautiful day.


My light is shining. Thanks VerseWrights.

I am grateful to VerseWrights for sharing two more of my poems today. Follow the link to find them.  VerseWrights is a wonderful online poetry journal.  I especially enjoy listening to the PoetryAloud section. There are so many poems to listen to and it gives me a sense of comfort to connect with another’s words.

We all have gifts to share. Please keep shining your unique and essential light in the world.




It is a wonderful feeling to have someone acknowledge that which you create. Thank you Sakhi of Quill & Parchment for granting me the Blogger Recognition Award. I am a self taught blogger and have my doubts about understanding how this is suppose to work but if I let doubts stop me I would never have started a blog or shared even one poem. I started my blog with one intention, to give. My first poem, flashlight batteries, is where I got the name for my blog. My goal continues to be to reach out to anyone in the world who may feel alone, frightened or confused. I believe that authentic connection between people changes the world. My advice is to give the gift of yourself.  Now and at no time in the future will there ever be another human just like you. Don’t try to be something, just be who you are. The world needs the gifts that only you can give.

These are the blogs I would like to recognize. If you don’t accept awards then please consider this a personal thank you. You have all inspired me.

  1. Mabel Kwong
  2. Out an’ About
  3. Eyes + Words
  4. Watching the Daisies
  5. I didn’t have my glasses on 
  7. Flying Through Water
  9. Edge of Humanity
  10. ADD And So Much More
  11. Forgiving Connects
  12. Confessions of a Reborn Girl
  13. Green Life Blue Water
  14. Kool Kosher Kitchen
  15. A Holistic Journey

Although rules have been shared, I want my nominated bloggers to feel no pressure to follow them.  Life is short and we all need to make our own choices.


  • wp-1484056242164Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.