It was our dear poetry friend Emily Dickinson who suggested we tell all the truth but tell it slant.
That’s why we’re looking for a slight alternative to the holiday gift hint technique we saw on Facebook this past Saturday. We’d posted our set of Poetry at Work™ mugs as gift suggestions, and one fan shared the poetry mugs with this status update cue: HINT, HINT, HINT.
Of course this was delightful and amusing, but now it’s got us wondering if social media couldn’t help the holiday hinter (or anniversary or birthday hinter, etc.). Maybe even with a bit of poetry to make the hints extra fun.
At an app like WordCandy, for instance, we could picture a Hint Button that would pop up share options to Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. The share options could include a snippet of poetic suggestion along with the hashtag #hint and a link to the wished-for gift. (On page four of this quotes app, there’s always a product: the book or movie from which a chosen quote originated, or just creative gifts). Or maybe our fans could create a shareable wishlist. We’d love to see the world asking for more poetry and poetic products.
Facebook, Twitter, Cafepress and Pinterest could offer their own versions of Hint buttons and wishlists. Though they might need to call on the poets for help.
We are happy to oblige. Here’s a big poetic hint now, from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Plans, credit and the Muse, —
(Want more than just the snippet? Check out Ralph Waldo Emerson’s full poem at The Poetry Foundation, Give All to Love)
Are you up for it? What poetic snippets would you suggest for the holiday hinter? Maybe next holiday there’ll be a Hint Button coming to a social media outlet near you.
Need to hint to someone that you’d like a Poetry at Work™ mug? Send them to our TS Poetry Store today.
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