In Which We Meet Gary Pennick in a Poetic Mood

I’ve known Gary to be a blogger mostly humorous, caustic, a rebel, a non-conformist, a non-liker of all things social media in his own unique way. He has very active Twitter and Facebook accounts, in which he promotes fellow bloggers, for which we are all thankful. So much so that he has an Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest dedicated to him. Go sign up if you haven’t already, it’s a hoot.
Today, he’s guesting here, in an uncharacteristic blog voice, or should I call it his ‘comment voice’? Very poetic, solemn. So take it away, Gary!

 The Beach Of Dreams

sit here.  I remember.  The memories that are the beach of dreams.  A
place, an ideal, that transports my thoughts my senses, into the words
that would comfort a man with a tormented heart.  
I write, I become the story.   The places, the people, the setting, the
sensations, the emotions, the wonder of it all.  If I’m writing about
something sad, the tears run down my cheeks.  If I’m writing something
with a hint of humour, their is a smile upon my face.  Indeed, my
friend, I write to one person.  Never an audience.  That one person is
I have been to the beach of dreams
A place of sun-drenched sparkle beams
Ah such a beach
A place that’s not beyond your reach
Let your heart drift out beyond the green
See the sights you’ve never seen
Take my hand
Stroll through the sand
Let the waves caress your feet
Sense that life can be complete
Come with me to that magical place
Where the sea and the sky embrace


I have been honoured to have my blog “klahanie” featured on the
B.B.C.’s radio station ‘Radio 5 Live’. On a show titled: “Pods and
Blogs”,  I tried to highlight in my interview, that it’s time to
eliminate the unfair stigma that’s still attached to mental health
issues.  I firmly believe that the media can help redress the balance.
 How about sensationalizing the positive recovery stories rather than
the negative stereotypes that people with mental health issues have to
endure?  I am a man challenging his “inner critic.”  I will not
‘surrender’ to my symptoms. I  give myself permission to be positive.  I
try to live my life with realistic positive anticipation, rather than,
negative speculation.  We all have the right to peace and contentment.
 I want to give others positive affirmations.  I am not daunted by my
loneliness.  For in my solitude, I have discovered a determined
resilience.  I care passionately for people who have been undermined in
an unjust world.  I challenge the stigma that still surrounds mental
health issues.
blog’s name “klahanie” comes from the Chinook tribe located on
the Pacific Northwest of North America, and is widely accepted as meaning, “the great outdoors.”

I love comments, and I always visit back. Blogging is all about being a part of a community, and communities are about communication! Tweet me up @damyantig !

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  1. klahanie

    Hi Hilary,

    Thank you for your very thoughtful comment, Hilary. That view has been etched into my heart.

    That location reminds me of Cornwall and your hankerings of going to Cornwall is understood.

    "Klahanie" has a lot of significance in my life. The allure of the "great outdoors", the spirit of the indigenous people of North America, have helped define who I am.

    And yes, a special thank you to Damyanti. A gifted writer who flattered me by asking me to guest post.

    Here's to a peaceful weekend.

    Gary πŸ™‚

  2. klahanie

    Hey Mark,

    Sir Mazza, fashionably late for da par-tay. And thus, a grand entrance you doth make.

    Thank you for listening to the music. Well played, indeed πŸ™‚

    Gary πŸ™‚

  3. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Gary .. beautiful poem – wonderful evocative words … and I'd love to sit in your spot above Cardigan Bay – looks just gorgeous …

    I have hankerings for Cornwall now …

    I hadn't picked up where the Klahanie had come from .. I'd assumed something and obviously totally not right … interesting to know its real origin … very interesting ..

    Cheers to you and Damyanti ..

    Damyanti – your stories look to be a good buy about challenges in life .. I'll be going there .. Cheers Hilary

  4. klahanie

    Well, I.B Nosey,

    An Edgar Allan Poe't Geddit? heh heh..

    Thanks for the echoes..echoes…echoes….

    "Klahanie" is a word from the Chinook Tribe who are located on the Pacific Northwest of North America. The definition of "Klahanie", is generally accepted as meaning "The Great Outdoors."

    See you at Farcebook
    Time for a look

    Gary πŸ™‚

  5. I.B. Nosey

    Gary, dude, you're a poet and I didn't know it, heh heh.

    I'll echo what the others say. Great post! *echo: great post, great post, great post…*

    A question (and I am nosy, you know!) what does "klahanie" mean, stand for, translate to?

    For the blog owner, as the comment above states, a link to my site:

    Now I'll nose back over to Farcebook, one of Gary's favorite hang-outs, heh heh.

  6. klahanie

    Hey Hawk,

    Your human, like your fine doggy self, knows of the joys that can be found at the beach.

    Thank y'all

    Gary πŸ™‚

  7. klahanie

    Hi Joylene,

    I know you will be at the beach of dreams. And yes, thanks to Damyanti for allowing me to guest on her wonderful site.

    Wishing you positive adventures ahead, Joylene.

    Gary πŸ™‚

  8. klahanie

    Hi Elizabeth,

    This might surprise you, but I'm not a big fan of poetry, either. Apologies to Pat in the Hatt πŸ™‚

    When I do attempt poetry, yes, I try to keep it simple without some kind of stuff that needs to be deciphered. Thanks for mentioning me in the same sentence as Robert Frost and Poe.

    A peaceful day to you, Elizabeth.

    Gary πŸ™‚

  9. klahanie

    Hi Samantha,

    Thank you for such encouraging words. We share gifts through the magic, the passion of the written word.

    Be well and smile,

    Gary πŸ™‚

  10. Elizabeth Seckman

    Honestly…I am anti-poetry. Don't read it, don't write it (outside of school assignments back in the day).
    But that was beautiful. So honest…no fluffed up prose and fancy reader un-friendly things to figure out…just from the heart wonderful. You and Robert Frost…you are my poets of choice. Oh, and a few by Poe…my list of poetry faves is super short.

  11. klahanie

    Hi Susan,

    Ah yes, "the great outdoors." The spirit of those noble people resonates within the words.

    Thank you for being a part of The Beach of Dreams.


  12. klahanie

    Hi Lee,

    Welcome to the other side of the coin. Your visit to The Beach of Dreams is a place I know you will visit often. Thank you for your kind words, Lee.


  13. cleemckenziebooks

    And now the other side of the coin comes to light. I knew it would be very different. I'm proven correct with this visit to The Beach of Dreams. A lovely visit, I might add.

  14. klahanie

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks so much for that. I get inspired by the interaction we share. That and a certain Jack Russell dog who has shown me a few writing tricks πŸ™‚

    Yes, thanks to Damyanti for being so kind as to ask me. Yes me, shy and humble me.

    A good Sunday to you, Julie.

    Gary πŸ™‚

  15. klahanie

    Hi Diane,

    Absolutely. Circles within circles. Each circle feeling that the writer is talking directly to them. Thank you, Diane.

    A peaceful Sunday to you.

    Gary πŸ™‚

  16. klahanie

    Hi JoJo,

    I'm thankful that you thought the photo resonated the thoughts, the senses behind the poem.

    Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

    Gary πŸ™‚

  17. klahanie

    Hi Julia,

    From such a poetic lady as your good self, I'm truly flattered. I know we both understand that to share is to care. When we help each other, we help ourselves.

    I'm profoundly grateful for what you say. Being on the BBC really challenged my anxiety. Yet, I did it. Thank you and a peaceful, positive Sunday, dear friend.

    Gary πŸ™‚

  18. klahanie

    Hi Lexa, I'm heartened you liked this. Thank you, Lexa and a peaceful Sunday to you. Gary πŸ™‚

    Hi Robyn, Dear lady, you are most generous in your words. Thank you for letting your heart and soul take you there. Gary πŸ™‚ x

    Hi Annalisa, I appreciate that. Yes, I took the photo. It is the beach just outside the town of Cardigan, Wales. Gary πŸ™‚

    Hi Terry, Your encouraging words warm my heart. Thank you. Gary πŸ™‚

  19. Julia Hones

    Gary, your poem touched me deeply.
    What a sensitive soul you are.
    Thank you for sharing your words on a regular basis. I know you make a difference in many peoples' lives…

    Have a peaceful and joyful Sunday my friend.

  20. Lexa Cain

    "When I write, I become the story." I love that and it's so true. Your guest post was beautiful and I enjoyed reading it, Gary. πŸ™‚

  21. klahanie

    Hi Susan, "Nother" side of lil' ol' me πŸ™‚ Thanks for "lurvin'" my poem, Susan.
    A happy rest of your weekend.

    Hi Mina, I like a "spectacular pervert"! πŸ™‚ Hey you have quite the philosophy. I think we're both up in the clouds.

    Good on you for wanting to go to that beach. No matter what, you always have that sunny disposition.

    A lovely soon to be Sunday to you, Mina.

  22. klahanie

    Hi Rajiv, I thank you for that. An awesome rest of the weekend to you.

    Hi Delores, Thanks and well said. No matter the weather, the beach of dreams can beckon.

    Ah Pat Hatt, And this is coming from a dude with a talking cat who writes somewhere between Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll. *cough!* *cough!* LOL and thanks πŸ™‚

  23. klahanie

    Hi Tara, Very nice of you. Must do a poem about owls πŸ™‚

    Hi Tina, From such a talented lady as your good self, that's high praise, indeed πŸ™‚ Don't forget your bucket and spade…

    Hi Rum-Punch Drunk, Oh yes, I am the story and those who read, I hope, feel as though they are part of the story. You are most flattering, my friend. Your site always poses interesting thoughts, discussions and further questions. Thank you kindly. A peaceful Sunday to you.

  24. Mina Lobo

    By now, Gary, you're well aware that I'm a spectacular pervert, so it won't surprise you when I say: that last line was hawt. *W00F* In Greek mythology, it's the covering of the earth with the sky that makes other things come into being…

    I want to go to this beach. But with, like, lots of sunscreen and a parasol, as I suffer from heliophobia. (That's totally a thing.)

    Blog: Some Dark Romantic

  25. klahanie

    Hi Suzanne, I thank you for your kinds words and I hope your get together with your friend is a most wonderful time.

    Hi Alex, Thank you,kind sir. And yes, I was a trembling wreck when I got interviewed by BBC radio. Still I did it and I shall continue, like you, to fight the good fight.

    Hi D.G Hudson, Wise words, my friend. And turning goals, dreams into a wondrous reality.

    Hi Medeia, You are most kind. It has been a delight getting to know you.

    Hi Mary, Wow, how very nice of you. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better. Looking forward to much positive interaction.

  26. Rum-Punch Drunk

    The best way to write is to 'become the story' Gary, and to focus your attention on that special person. How you write is falling into place now. I just love reading your blog.
    That poem is brilliant, it's so real and I almost took your hand to that magical place then the phone rang. I'll have to come back and read it again. Great guest post.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend Gary.

  27. M Pax

    Gary is an extremely talented fellow. Ran into him just recently in cyperspace and am enjoying getting to know him better.