Getting to Know – Sandy Somewhere

We thought that the PD website would be a great way to also get to know a little more about the poets behind the poetry! Every few weeks you will find an interview with one of our PD poets here. Interviewers will vary from time to time. They may be PD team members, but it could also be any of you!

Please let us know (by PM) if you are interested in doing an interview, or if there is a poet you wish to read a little more about their background story.

Our kick off is Sandy Somewhere being interviewed by Ero Zeno. Enjoy the read! ~ The PD team.

Who is Sandy Somewhere?

Sandy works from home as a freelance writer in the financial services industry. Previously she worked in the financial services industry as senior vice president. She also sits on the Finance Advisory Committee of her local school district’s Board of Education.  In her spare time, she advocates better lives for orphans, lives the life of a music junkie and enjoys a myriad of hobbies including art, literature, as well as writing poetry and fiction.

 

Please tell us about your name Sandy Somewhere. How did you create it?

The name Sandy Somewhere was born after I experienced problems with online stalking while using my real name online.  One of my favorite songs is “Someone Somewhere in Summertime” by Simple Minds.

 

Please complete the following sentence: Poetry is …

Poetry is … Love and Life.

 

Please tell us about your five favorite authors and/or favorite books (or poems).

I am an avid reader and lover of books.  At any given time, my favorite book or author may change based on a something new I have read or maybe a change in perspective.  These books consistently make my favorites list … Know that I am a fun lovin’ person despite the extreme state of nerdom you will find in these selections …

“Gravity’s Rainbow” by Thomas Pynchon
“Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Gone With The Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
“Resolutions” by Jonathan Edwards

The Holy Bible ~ I am far more of a spiritual person than a religious one.  I find the Bible’s parables and the stories of peace, love, faith and hope absolutely fascinating and inspirational for all human beings.

“Living Buddha Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hahn ~ This book provides an excellent perspective of bridging religions and promoting tolerance of different views.
A myriad of books on topics such as history, astronomy, general philosophy, and eastern philosophy and religion.
Carl Jung, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, C.S. Lewis, etc.
“To Know All Is To Forgive All” by Nixon Waterman is my absolute favorite poem and sums up my life-long philosophy to seek first to understand.

 

Please tell us about your creative process. How do you create?

My best works come to me in the moment, in a Zen like fusion of mind, body and spirit.  I cannot even begin to explain where my ideas come from as I feel there is a divine connection acting as a catalyst in my creative process.  I will allow the revelation of one small idiosyncratic secret: I am a highly methodic, creative beast ~ I use Excel spreadsheets to write poetry; line by line by far the best tool for poetry.

 

Please read the following quotes from your works, and tell us your immediate reaction(s).

“I climb higher
to discover
I am home”

We find our own truth and happiness within our present selves; not past or future.

The inspiration for these lines comes from one of my favorite Friedrich Nietzsche quotes:

“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.”

“… I am everything and nothing
I am Free.”

Liberation from the past and present; higher consciousness; state of nothingness in present moment.

“Does life begin
Waiting in line?”

Multiple meanings from the issues of poverty addressed within this poem to the hierarchical nature of governments and mankind. That all people should be equal is an ideal existence.

“… our hearts move into true friendship,
to touch rainbows in reality won.”

The rainbows represent the mind, body, and spiritual connection.

 

Among the poems you have written, which one is your favorite? Why?

My heart and soul are written into each line of “Orphan Child”.

Orphan child eyes so wild
your tears haunt the distance
mourning for her heartbeat
to touch your existence

Orphan child eyes so wild
your mother is unknown
she carried you inside
Her will never her own

Orphan child eyes so wild
born to a distant land
oppression’s aftermath
you cannot understand

Orphan child eyes so wild
your cries haunt the distance
emotions overcome
questioning existence

Orphan child eyes so wild
I pray in time you’ll know
you were born beautiful
nothing you did made her go

Orphan child eyes so wild
I want to soothe your soul
to cleanse you of the past
I long to make you whole

Orphan child eyes so wild
I cannot heal your sorrow
I can only promise you
a better tomorrow

Orphan child eyes so wild
accept me as your Mother
feel my gentle heartbeat
I love you as I love no other

And
Forever
I am your’s

© 2015 Sandra L Jennings aka Sandy Somewhere.
All Rights Reserved.
Used by permission.

 

How would Sandy Somewhere rule the world if given an opportunity?

Oh my! This is a tough question, Ero Zeno … My heart says Love (God) should rule the world.  If every person acted out of Love, then there would be justice and equality for all and there would be no need for forgiveness.

The realist in me understands that an individual’s free will can advance or deter justice and equality for all.  If I were ruler of the world, I would promote peace through elimination of geographical & political boundaries.  I would also ensure all children have families and all people have sufficient food and medical treatment.

 

What music are you listening to now?

I am listening to a pretty mashed up mix of music recently from cello concertos, anime theme music, indie to punk rock … Dead Kennedy’s and Radiohead always make the list (of course) and somehow Alison Krauss and Union Station are mixed in for good measure as of late 🙂

I am really into new music by artists like Aurora, Ray LaMontagne, Birdy, Firewood Island and the list goes on …

 

How does Sandy Somewhere wish to be remembered?

I will be remembered for my spirit of Love, peace, compassion, friendship and passion for all things life.

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