Samantha Reynolds is many things: entrepreneur, mother, wife, collector of great friends, and, yes, a poet. She has been writing a poem every day since 2011 as a way to trick herself into being present to the little moments that would otherwise surely be missed.
Samantha goes by the pen name “bentlily” to remind her of the purpose of her poetry. At a dull corporate event years ago, she noticed a lily that was bent over in a centerpiece of flowers. The awareness of that little detail perked her right up—the world around her came back into focus. What had been a tedious experience was suddenly a profoundly energizing moment. The name “bentlily” is a daily reminder to find joy by noticing the ordinary details of her life.
WRITING STORIES AT WORK AND PLAY
Samantha missed the chance to get her grandmother’s life story on record before she slipped into dementia. It ultimately led her to found ECHO Storytelling Agency in 1999. Her firm has since been trusted to capture and tell the stories of over 400 clients around the world, from family matriarchs to Fortune 100 companies.
At the heart of all of these projects is a devotion to the details.
It’s here where Samantha’s work intersects with her poetry. In the words of Mary Oliver, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Then tell about it.”
Samantha Reynolds and her bentlily poetry project have been featured on national and international TV, print, podcasts, online, and radio profiles.
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CAN YOU REPRINT OR REPOST SAMANTHA’S POEMS?
Goodness, yes. Post them on your blog, your feed, your fridge. Please credit and/or link to bentlily. xo
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