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You Are The Light Of The World — Interview with Poet Joie Schmidt

Today we are honoring poetess Joie Schmidt, author of Dreams of the Heart, a compilation of poems about love, life, loss and inspiration, and how she has been independently pursuing her writing dreams for the past four years.

In 2010, Schmidt was contacted by a publisher who discovered her online writing and offered to manage, publish, market and interview Schmidt on an on-going basis. In January 2011, three months later, Dreams of the Heart was published. (In memory of the 3/11 tragedy in Japan all proceeds from “Dreams of the Heart” books sales will go to the relief effort until 3/11/12). 

In February 2011, she was interviewed for her book. The interview is featured on a site among approximately 20 other authors, several of whom are NY Times Bestsellers and/or award-winning recipients. 

P&W: What is poetry’s meaning to you?

Poet Schmidt: This is a beautiful question.  To me, poetry is like any form of art, it’s an expression of the heart, some artists paint pictures, some create symphonies, and some write poems.  It reveals one’s mindset, emotions and heart in one of the most accurately perfect ways.  It’s like giving the world the truest picture of your heart, it’s beyond beautiful and poetry (art) at it’s best is able to reflect universal, timeless emotions, concerns and values that help to heal, transform, give life and inspiration to others.

P&W: From where do you get your poetry’s inspiration?

Poet Schmidt: I once read that it’s best to write about what you know.  I feel the best writing comes when you simply trust your heart and intuition.  Because of this, my poetry is inspired by true to life experiences and the constant belief that “we must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

In other words, my poetry is very much influenced by the reality that words of love and wisdom can give hope to others as well as the responsibility that your words truly can and do affect others, and because of this, it’s very important to do your best to only impart love and wisdom to others — for this is the only way to truly heal the world.

You realize that as an artist, you’re automatically a role model to others and you take that responsibility seriously.  In your heart, you know, when you share with others what helps you keep the faith and hope in your life, you know that’s the best gift you could ever give anyone, the gift of hope, love and joy.

P&W: Do you have a favorite poet, or most loved poems?

Poet Schmidt: My favorite poets are: William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss.  There are countless poems that I love, but the one that comes to mind for this article is “A Peck of Gold” by Robert Frost.  Here’s a verse from it:

All the dust the wind blew high
Appeared like god in the sunset sky,
But I was one of the children told
Some of the dust was really gold.

P&W: How do you personally interpret the poem you decided to share with us? Why did you choose this one to share?

Poet Schmidt: Great question and very true.  After reading your question, “You are the Light of the World” came to my mind as my first choice to share.  To me, it helps remind me what life’s truly all about.  It helps keep me humble and realize that everything I have, every blessing and miracle that you receive and will continue to receive are because of one thing, God.  That truly we are all one, and we are all meant to lift each other up as best as we possibly can.  All it’s ever been about is authenticity and genuine love for all.

P&W: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I’d like to include links for some special people who have helped inspire me and keep supporting my dreams and hopes.  If they hadn’t believed in me, I would never have had the courage to keep pursuing my dreams.  Although there are many people I’d like to include, here are the two that came to my heart and mind first:

Anthony Crawford and Shiho Oribe, two of the best friends anyone could ever ask for.

You Are The Light Of The World

By Joie Schmidt

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

Turn to God
For He is your savior
He is your Father
Your life and your light
When you choose
To walk with Him
All that is righteous
Returns once again

Live not for any one thing
But for everyone’s dreams
Live for the chance
To inspire; give life to others
Live for the moment
To spread love and joy

For it is by divine intervention
Alone, that you breathe in
And breathe out
That the light of day
Continues to shine from within
Even when you feel without

You are the body and spirit
Of all the gentle hearts you meet
You are the song and melody
Of every symphony you create

You are the light of the world

From: Joie Schmidt

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