#InternationalFriendshipDay 2021. Happy IDOF. Have you written unpublished/published poetry about friendship? Artwork and photos welcome too. I will feature all submissions.

International Day of F

Recognizing the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and
valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world,

Bearing in mind that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and
individuals can inspire peace efforts and presents an opportunity to build bridges
between communities, honouring cultural diversity,

Affirming that friendship can contribute to the efforts of the international
community, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, towards the
promotion of dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and

Convinced of the importance of involving youth and future leaders in
community activities aimed at the inclusion of and respect between different
cultures, while promoting international understanding, respect for diversity.

Extract from UN.

Not That Kind of Love Poem
(for Emily)

Something there is that loves
coffee and a lake and the smell
of old books and the quiet
tides of conversation.
Your delicacy with a hint
of steel, your alert ears,
your gentle passion.
Talking with you,
everything’s discovery,
like reinventing the world.

-Gregory Luce

Bios and Links

-Gregory Luce

is the author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), Tile (Finishing Line) and Riffs & Improvisations (forthcoming from Kelsay Press). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press), Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing), and Unrequited and Candlesticks and Daggers (ed. Kelly Ann Jacobson). In 2014 he was awarded the Larry Neal Award for adult poetry by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Retired from the National Geographic Society, he lives in Arlington, VA, and works as a volunteer writing tutor/mentor for 826DC. He blogs at https://dctexpoet.wordpress.com.


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