Today I was among the poets, authors, and organizers recognized by a new organization, Writers International Network (Canada), for our contributions to our communities and to the world of letters. I wore my sash and shared a song and a poem, and received my medallion.
Medallion recipients included:
+ Arno Komalika (Tagore Dance)
The variety of performers, the twined loves of literary traditions and social justice shared by all, made this a nourishing day. My thanks to Ashok Bhargava, Alan Hill, Roberta Price for her beautiful welcome, and all of the organizers, volunteers, and performers.
Once home, I looked into the envelope I had received, and found two letters, one from the visionary/organizer, Ashok, and another from The Honourable Yonah Martin. Coming from a community that is all about "making do," and perforce accomodated to our lives on the sidelines, I was surprisingly affected by the simple notes of recognition and affirmation.
I am feeling like a "near distinct narwhal" today, or better, as are all of the other honourees.
Many blessings on those who gathered today, and my prayers for the longevity of the Writers International Network (Canada).