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Thank you for reading this blog entry! This is the twelfth post on the Forever Friends blog tour. If you are still hanging in there, thanks for following the tour! If you are new to the tour, welcome! I hope you will decide to join in and follow the tour to the end. Today, I will be talking about the poems in the anthology. I received more poems than I was able to include. Although all the poems submitted followed the theme of friendship, the poems had to be in context with the short stories, either by leading into the next story or by following on from the previous story. It took quite a bit of rearranging before I was happy with the final choice of poems and short stories for the various sections of Forever Friends.

The poems selected for inclusion in the book celebrate friendship in all its facets from loving to detached, giving a few glimpses of the other side of friendship. There are also verses that reminisce about lost friends and absent friends. Some of the poems express feelings of friendship through music and nature, while others are thankful and show gratitude for the kindness of friendships and the loyalty of true friends. Every poem has its own special message to be enjoyed and savoured by readers of this wonderful book that will make you laugh, cry or simply raise a smile.

Angel on the Ground by Lynn C. Johnston in the “Spiritual Friends” section of the book is an inspirational poem about giving thanks to God for the loving friendship of someone here on Earth. It is a touching poem of love and the importance of having a friend who is there through the bad times and the good. Something we all need!

I would like to thank Lynn for contributing to the anthology and for inviting me here today to post on her blog and for giving me the chance to talk about Forever Friends.

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Thanks again for reading this and best wishes for the holiday season!

Shelagh Watkins

Please follow the tour to learn more about the book.

Blog Tour

December 1 Chelle Cordero
December 2 Zada Connaway
December 3 Mary Muhammad
December 4 Helen Wisocki
December 5 Pam Robertson
December 6 Dick Stodghill
December 7 Philip Spires
December 8 Milena Gomez
December 9 L. Sue Durkin
December 10 A. Ahad
December 11 Malcolm R. Campbell
December 12 Lynn C. Johnston
December 13 Dianne Sagan
December 14 Donald James Parker
December 15 Karina Kantas
December 16 Grace Bridges
December 17 Tiziana Rinaldi Castro
December 18 Yvonne Oots
December 19 Dana Rettig

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Comment by Zada Connaway on December 17, 2008 at 8:58am
I apologize for not arriving here sooner--life sudenly got busier than usual. I thoroughly enjoyed your poem, Lynn. This anthology is truly a wonderful read, and Shelagh's blog tour has been great to follow. Thank you Lynn, for being a host!
Comment by Pam Robertson on December 14, 2008 at 6:47pm
Great post and yet more insights into the book. Thanks for the post!
Comment by Donald James Parker on December 14, 2008 at 9:18am
Thanks for contributing your poem to the anthology and hosting the tour.
God bless
Comment by Abdul on December 13, 2008 at 5:12am
I was rather overjoyed to see that Forever Friends had a spritual section and I enjoyed reading your poem very much. Thanks to Shelagh for inviting me to your blog here. It's really well presented!
Comment by Helen Wisocki on December 12, 2008 at 12:01pm
Lynn, What a beautiful poem you've written! I can relate so well.

Shelagh, thanks for answering another one of those questions that I wondered about. I knew that there were more entries than were published, but I didn't know how you picked the ones that were included.

Thanks for another great blog entry to you both!
Comment by Shelagh Watkins on December 12, 2008 at 11:21am
Hi Lynn,

Thanks for inviting me to your blog! Well done on your first attempt at hosting a blog tour!

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