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Laureate on My Mind
2/21/2015 11:08:31 AM
The death of Miller Williams is on my mind.
I adopted Arkansas and moved here to the Ozark foothills 21 years ago. Life here is everything I hoped it would be and much more.

Miller Williams came to my attention when he was selected by President Clinton to write and read a poem at his 1997 inauguration.

I fell in love with Williams' thought processes and his clarity of expression. Since he was raised in Hoxie, Arkansas, a small town not far from my home, upon his death, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette (the state paper) and am humbled they chose to publish it.

Dear Editor: Laureate on My Mind

He left a celebrated treasure of plainsong composed of simple words. He stayed as long as he could. Writing, mentoring, teaching.

One thousand years hence, if all goes well, someone yearning to be a poet will find an artifact-a printed book. And turning its pages, will happen upon Miller Williams’ explorations of life as he saw it.

I relish the richness you have added to the world, young lad-from-Hoxie-turned-poet-laureate. My heart pulses with gratitude for your musical phrases, your lilting lines, your clear, understandable voice. And upon your death, though we are not related, I took your advice and took notes.

When your father dies
take notes
somewhere inside.
-Miller Williams, “Let Me Tell You”


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More Blogs by Patricia A. Oplinger
•  Laureate on My Mind - Saturday, February 21, 2015  
• "Poetry as Panacea" - Saturday, November 01, 2014
• Unforgettable Voice. Unforgettable Heart. - Tuesday, September 02, 2014
• Madeline Jonelle - Saturday, August 23, 2014
• Nothing Succeeds Like Success - Saturday, March 29, 2014
• A Certain Kind of Courage - Wednesday, March 05, 2014
• The World of Imagination - Monday, December 09, 2013
• Ramblin' - Monday, August 05, 2013
• Letter to Rob Lamm - Tuesday, April 23, 2013
• Writers' Retreat - Tuesday, March 19, 2013
• Love is in the Air via an Acrostic Poem - Monday, February 04, 2013
• Letter I never Mailed - Wednesday, January 23, 2013
• Facing Up to Blanks - Friday, October 19, 2012
• Writing is a Powerful Search Mechanism - Thursday, August 02, 2012
• . . . and there is a hippopotamus in me . . . - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
• The Eagle in Me - Sunday, June 10, 2012
• Catchup! - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
• Mea Culpa! - Thursday, April 12, 2012
• Splendiferous - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
• The Rose and the Thorn - Saturday, September 24, 2011
• Some Folks Are Wise and Some Are Otherwise - Tuesday, August 09, 2011
• Hidden Seed - Saturday, July 16, 2011
• IF ONLY - Saturday, April 23, 2011
• The Boat - Friday, March 04, 2011
• UH-OH - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Writing Poetry - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
• Sense of Humor - Friday, February 25, 2011
• The Only Thing - Thursday, February 10, 2011
• Being wise - Saturday, January 29, 2011
• What I Mean - Friday, January 28, 2011
• Playhouse CD Debut a Success - Thursday, January 13, 2011
• Contact! - Thursday, January 13, 2011
• Hiding in the Playhouse of My Mind - Tuesday, November 30, 2010
• Being Wise - Thursday, October 28, 2010
• Listening Between the Lines - Friday, October 15, 2010
• Try Opening Your Life - Wednesday, October 06, 2010
• Love Gives Itself - Friday, October 01, 2010
• Sunshine in NJ - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• Smooth Handle - Friday, September 10, 2010
• Planning - Monday, August 16, 2010
• Three Words - Friday, August 13, 2010
• Take it easy -- but take it - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
• Newly Found Relative - Monday, August 09, 2010
• Try it. You'll like it. - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• Out on a limb - Thursday, July 22, 2010
• Answers and Questions - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
• Freedom - Saturday, July 03, 2010
• A Jug - Thursday, July 01, 2010
• Body Helps Brain - Tuesday, June 15, 2010
• 66th Annual Writers' Conference - Sunday, June 13, 2010
• Boots on the Ground! - Tuesday, June 01, 2010
• Life in and Out of Balance - Saturday, May 29, 2010
• Publication Notice - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
• Light Verse - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
• Echoes of the Ozarks Volume V - Monday, January 25, 2010
• Biennial Competition 2010 - Thursday, January 21, 2010
• Persistent Pilferer - Wednesday, December 30, 2009
• Izard County Friends of the Library Signing - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
• Life on a Seesaw Succeeds - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
• Premiere Day! - Saturday, November 14, 2009
• Autumn in the Foothills - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• Invitation to Appear at Authors' Luncheon at Arkansas Writers' Conference - Tuesday, September 22, 2009
• Life on a Seesaw - Monday, August 03, 2009
• At Work - Saturday, July 04, 2009
• Conference Day - Monday, May 04, 2009


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