Happy Thanksgiving

by Marilynn Halas on November 27th, 2014
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IMG_4918Today and everyday I am thankful for my family, my friends and my readers. One of the best parts of my job is getting the chance to meet my readers from time to time and talk about books, life and even the writing process. Not too long ago I had the chance to have lunch with Babette Gilles and she was kind enough to share some of her poetry with me.

It’s not easy to let someone read your work. I remember the first manuscript I shared with my friend. It was exciting to have finished my first novel and I couldn’t wait to find out what she might think, but then later that night as I lay awake imagining her reading my book, I was terrified. I wanted to go over to her house, get my manuscript and lock it up where it might never see the light of day. I felt exposed and vulnerable.

I’m glad I didn’t take it back. Putting my work out there for the first time was scary but it changed my life. My passion became my job. My words found their readers and a whole new family of friends began. I have met so many generous and fearless people, like my new friend, Babette.

Babette is eleven years old and loves to read and to write poetry. We met after she read my book, Play On and we talked about my work and her own. As soon as I read some of her poetry I knew it needed to be shared with my readers. I wanted to give Babette the chance to see her work published online and so I offered to include it on my blog. She gave me a big smile and said yes. I know you will embrace this young poet with the same warmth and love you continue to show me. So without further adieu it is my delight and my privilege to offer you Babette’s poem, a Thanksgiving gift to all of us.

Don’t be scared.
When the sun sets
And the night falls
The stars come out
To shine over you
And to protect you from harm;
Don’t forget that I’m your friend,
I’m your family
And I’m your other protector.
I’m here for you
And I always will be.

Babette Gilles

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