Melinda Foshat

Poetry, Prose, Photography

An Unusual Introduction


Why are personal introductions always so difficult? Is it because you only get one shot at a first impression? Perhaps, it’s the unbearable fear of undergoing some sort of self-reflection in the process. Or, if you’re similar to myself, it could be that daunting drive to make everything you create nothing less than unique, nothing short of exquisite and certainly not quite normal. Whether it be the curse of the perfectionist or the blessing of the artist, it’s that single thought in the back of my mind that urges me to transform even the most simple and mundane preface into an unusual introduction.

Writing is an art and I consider myself to be an artist on many different levels. I am not asking you to love my writing or even agree with it. However, I do ask that you appreciate my poems, essays, and posts and understand that each is well thought out, every word specifically chosen and none are merely thrown together in a matter of minutes but have undergone a specific process; first born as a spontaneous thought in my mind from something as quick as a glance at nature, something as simple as a question asked by a child, or something as small as a conversation with a stranger. A thought lingers in the back of my mind for days, if not weeks, until it morphs into words, births new ideas and concocts a firm foundation for a piece of art. Whether you praise and pass on my words or whether you despise and dispute my ideas, at least appreciate that with every post I am giving you my absolute best and nothing less.

I have no intention of wasting your time, nor do I hope that you are already scratching your eyes out with rusty Victorian silverware. I wish to provide you at least an alternative perspective in the way you view the world. If, after reading one of my posts, you have altered the angle of your point of view by only one degree, I have succeeded. Even if you only come to realize the extraordinariness of an oak tree, acknowledge, or God forbid appreciate, your own ability to write or understand the importance of your time and capability to spend it more wisely, then I have triumphed. 

“This is me. Sometimes hidden and sometimes revealed… For me to fit inside everyone’s heart, I put on a new face everyday.” -Rumi

I will always believe the world is worth saving. For now, I will make large attempts and make small changes, I will improve myself so that I might look forward to a better world tomorrow.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,                                                                            
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” -Rumi

Yours Truly,
Melinda Foshat 

© Copyright – All rights reserved – – February 4, 2013 


Author: melindafoshat

Poet, dreamer, philosopher, photographer

31 thoughts on “An Unusual Introduction

  1. i loved it unusual but bang on..glad to meet u 🙂

  2. Yes it is, especially through poetry, which is why I often use metaphors or project my feelings onto natural images.

  3. Writing is difficult and writing poetry is doubly so. Your “He gave me moon’ is excellent – though I may take a little time to catch the metaphors. Wish you many happy years of writing.

    • Thank you so much! I think I was particularly inspired by the Persian poet Rumi when writing that poem. I love Rumi’s style.

  4. I look forward to following your blog.

  5. Honest and moving, thank you. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  6. Thank you for stopping by. I think your writings are great will visit often

  7. That field that Rumi speaks of… i spend much of my time there, both by choice and by profession. Perhaps i have seen you wandering the leaves of tall grass, pondering the depth and strength of their roots, marveling at their yielding to the ripping winds.

    I greatly appreciate your intention of processing observations into expressions, but i wouldn’t underestimate the power of the light steeping; premium quality high mountain oolong teas require no more than 10 seconds’ initial steeping lest the infusion take on an unpalatable bitterness.


    • I spend much of my time in that field, as well as Roethke’s field. Quite frankly, there’s no other place I’d rather be. Thanks so much for your comment, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to following your blog. 🙂

  8. I enjoyed that thoroughly! Thank you!

  9. Hi Melinda, The world about me is where I get my inspiration and material to allow me to express and experience what I write. Thank you so much for following my blog. I will follow your journey to. Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet.

  10. Nice to meet a fellow poet and thanks for the ‘Like’. I’m sure you are on what will be a lasting and very long journey and as you progress I reckon, like me, you will need to prepare yourself for the inner turmoil and external battles that writing poetry inevitably brings. A ‘dreamer’? No, I think you are already a seeker. …Best wishes. Neil

  11. I greatly enjoy the way you write! I look forward to reading your future posts. Know that even if I don’t make a point of commenting on or “liking” each one, I will read at least most of the and make a point of giving them the weight the words deserve!

  12. Your first introduction was the picture of the Houseleeks! I spent hours with them as a kid taught that they are the dwellings of fairies. So I am sure you are a wonderful magical changeling, a kin of the hidden folk, a fairy in heart.

    Take Care of yourself!

    • I was wondering what type of flowers those were! They are beautiful. Maybe they will bring my blog good luck! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  13. HI Melinda,
    I was impressed by the sincerity of your thoughts. Rare quality nowadays…
    Thank you for liking my latest post, I’ll be following yours:-)


  14. let those ideas breeze your thoughts, let those thoughts transform us to share.

  15. I have enjoyed this wonderful visit touring your post! You are an exceptional host!! Thank you for your recent visit to mine.

  16. Nice and thoughtful about page Melinda. I love your header photo too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Merry Christmas! Brad

  17. Hi, just wanted to say thanks for the recent like on my blog, I appreciate it. Was also great to discover yours. Am looking forward to seeing more

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