Thursday, August 13, 2020

Posse Pals

Have you ever encountered somebody and thought, "Wow, they seem so cool."

Man, woman, young, old, living, dead? (Not to be confused with "Person, woman, man, camera, TV", but I digress...)

You know how some people seem to have this quality that makes you want to hang out with them?  Be their friend? They have an X factor that makes you feel good inside?

I don't mean anything romantic...I've got that base covered by my one and only, Joe.

He definitely has the X factor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there are other people that I think, "It'd be so great if I could meet this person and we could chat." In a perfect world, this person would be my Posse Pal.

(OK, maybe I'm alone in these thoughts...please, just humor me. There is a point to this post and a Wee-Source, I promise.)

Anyway, we all know this is not a perfect world (understatement) and the reality of me ever meeting, let alone becoming friends with any of the people on my Posse Pal list is nearly impossible, but a girl can dream...

Today I will share my Posse Pal list, saving the BEST for last:

Barack Obama                            Stephen Colbert

Melissa McCarthy                       Kamala Harris

Sarah Cooper (if you don't know who she is, just google her - you will not be sorry!)

Paul Rudd                                    Billy Collins

Jason Bateman                            Viola Davis 

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (again, google her and read her books!)

Trevor Noah                                 Gina Rodriguez

And finally, my favorite Posse Pal...*drum roll, please*...wait for it...

MICHELLE OBAMA!

I hope someday I will get to hear her speak live and heaven help me, thank her for being her. *Swoon!*

This brings me to today's Wee-Source: The Michelle Obama Podcast! *Squee!*

Here is a teaser video:

 

And here is a link to the transcripts of the 3 episodes she has out so far. It is free on Spotify. 

Have a listen and tell me, wouldn't she be a great friend?

If you were going to make a Posse Pal list, who would you include on it? 

Share their names in the comments - maybe you'll inspire me to expand my list. I hope so, the more the better!

Today's poem is a Triolet* in honor of my pal, Michelle:

Michelle's style is warm and inviting

her words are strong and uplifting

her vitality is exciting

Michelle's style is warm and inviting

'we go high' is how we keep fighting

her podcast the anchor to our drifting

Michelle's style is warm and inviting

her words are strong and uplifting

©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

*Learn more about the poetry form Triolet here at Poets.org. 

Today's Poetry Friday host is Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone. Join us!

  

22 comments:

  1. Yes! You are not alone. I would add Brene Brown to your list. Her podcast also fills me with joy and "ah ha" moments. I actually went looking for Michelle Obama's podcast yesterday, got distracted and didn't complete the task. This post is the perfect reminder to get that done! Love the photo of your hubs. Love that he has what you need ;)

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Yes, Brene Brown would be a great addition to my posse! Thank you for the reminder to listen to her podcasts, too! :)

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  2. You should send your poem to Michelle. Really! Interesting question, Bridget! I would have, among others, Monty Don, Jamie Raskin, Lynda Carter, Elizabeth Warren, and the Dalai Lama.

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    1. Oooh, your posse additions are fabulous, Tabatha! How did I forget Elizabeth Warren and the Dalai Lama? In all honesty, I'll have to google Monty Don and Jamie Raskin though.

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  3. Fun post! Michelle Obama would definitely be on my posse pals list.

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  4. But in the picture you posted the cast was on your right arm??

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    1. Ha! I just looked at that picture and it does look like my right arm! I must not have done that flip-a-do setting for the selfie thingy or something. I have a hard enough time answering my phone - let alone taking a selfie properly. I definitely broke my left arm - thank goodness. :)

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  5. During the campaign, Michelle Obama visited Denver & spoke at the museum (Museum of Contemporary Art) where my daughter works. She met her & was part of the group who hosted Michelle. And she said even then how wonderful she was. So, agreed, she's definitely part of that group for me, Bridget. What fun to think about in my own world! I love Sarah Cooper & Trever Noah, too. Who else, I think I would add Kamala. I've been watching her all these months & am so excited for her being the new Veep candidate. Look for a new book out soon about her by Nikki Grimes! Thanks for the fun post!

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    1. Your daughter is SO lucky, Linda! Oooh, Nikki Grimes would be a great one for my posse, too, and I look forward to her Kamala book. Yay! :)

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  6. I a big fan of M.O. In fact, I can think of few contemporary people as inspiring. All my other favorites are on your list. Thanks for reminding about the podcasts which I have not had the chance to watch quite yet, but will. Thanks, Bridget!

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    1. Thank you, Janice! I hope you'll give the podcasts a listen...she is so inspiring. :)

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  7. I love that you have a Posse Pal! I'd have to think about it a bit more, but I'm pretty sure Annie Lamott would be on mine. I agree with Tabatha that you should send your triolet to Michelle Obama. Fun post!

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! Yes, Anne Lamott would be another great addition. So many good suggestions...the posse is expanding. :)

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  8. I'm still giggling about your X-factor/Joe. (It's almost like he knows what you're going to do with that pic, from his laughing eyes.) And I'm pondering your Q. I reckon Emmanuel Acho would be a great one to have in the Posse. I've been impressed with his 'Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man' series. So impressed! Well done on your triolet.

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    1. Thanks, Kat! Great suggestion to add Acho! Yes, Joe knows me (too) well! ;)

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  9. Intriguing question Bridget… Michelle Obama would definitely be on the top of my list–I'm sure you've read "Becoming" I felt like I got to know her so well from her book–and I also grew up on the South East side of Chicago. Yes to sharing your poem with her. I'd add to my list Mary Oliver, Marilyn Nelson, Jaqueline Woodson, Margarita Engle, and and Joy Harjo. Definitely keep Trevor Noah and most you have here–perhaps my list is getting to big… Great post Bridget, thanks!

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    1. Ooh, fabulous suggestions, Michelle! A person's posse pal list can never be too big in my humble opinion! :)

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  10. What a fun idea -- Posse Pals. Michelle Obama would definitely be on my list, too! Can't wait to listen to her podcast!

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    1. I agree, Mary Lee. M.O. would be the ultimate pal to have. :)

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  11. Adding two names to your posse pals: David Muir (hometown boy that delivers the news with facts) and Dr. Fauci (brilliant doctor who is a straight shooter with facts as well). Thanks for the news on the podcast with another fav of mine and your lovely triolet.

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  12. Brilliant additions, Carol! I honestly don't know how I forgot ol' Tony (Fauci)! :)

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