One shouldn’t hide
or stay quiet
when the first Pride
was a riot!
To sing! Rejoice!
Lift up your voice
and chance a dance!

The joy to be,
not a tall ask!
To live freely,
why’s it a task
for so many
when love’s plenty
is there to share!?

Words and images © Stephen W. Buchanan 2021

Originally published advertising free at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet

Pre-pandemic the local Pride-Fest would be the first week-end in June. It was canceled last year and is scheduled for October (LGBTQ+ History Month) this year, provided it can happen. The picture is from the 2019 Festival.

It’s Leadership

Together Now

This thought is DOPE
is what we hope’s
the recipe
Put it all in
and we all win
More thoughts are caught

Put Me In Coach

I’ll be DIRECT
How was your day
As you expect
two things to say
That’s great but this
you'll need to fix
How grand’s your plan

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2020

Originally published advertising free at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet

Inspired by Kate‘s poems about the Leadership Training her employer had her take posted at anotherkatewilson, and urged on by her, I wrote these ha’sonnets about the Leadership Training my employer had me take. Thanks, Kate!

DOPE and DIRECT as used above are from the training. DOPE is a personality typing based on birds: Dove, Owl, Peacock, Eagle. It was included as part of the diversity day of training. DIRECT is a form of coaching, standing for: Develop rapport; Indicate focus; Reinforce and recognize; Engage in self-discovery; Cause for gap/create a plan; Test/tweak/timeline.