Poetry Invites

Poetry Invites March

Inspired by What Brings Us Joy

This month we aim to capture what brings us joy in Cobourg. It could be a person, place, moment in time, or community group: you choose! What do you love about living here or visiting here? Why do you choose Cobourg?

Share your joy with others by writing a poem for Cobourg Present, our evolving eChapbook. It’s been a long winter. As we move into Spring, let’s focus on gratitude for the good things and invite others to see Cobourg through our eyes.

My parents live on Northeastern Georgian Bay. I’ve spent my summers there since I was born. About ten years ago or so a family friend shared pictures he had taken of the minute details of the landscape. It was amazing to see a place I knew so well through someone else’s eyes. It was nearly unrecognizable to me. I had always taken a wide view of the landscape. Through his photographs he taught me the importance of looking into the world instead of looking at the world. We can see so much more beauty when we practice seeing in different ways.

We often take a wide view of a place. Writing poems about what brings us joy will allow us to do an intense close up, to see the pieces of Cobourg through each other’s perspectives. To see into Cobourg in a different way.

The top quote for joy in Goodreads: “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ― Tom Bodett

Who or what do you love? What do you do in Cobourg or see others doing that makes you truly happy? What do you hope for our town or your time here when you visit?

I like how Rumi explains joy: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”― Rumi


Our Evolving eChapbook

Have a look at what we have created since January 2021! An updated launch each month.


Read more about the Poetry Invites Project and about how to submit a poem to our eChapbook.

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