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Poetry Friday: Winter Poem Swap Treasures from Diane Mayr

December 17, 2015

Tags: Poetry Friday, poets, poetry, poem swap, holidays, winter

Opening my Winter Poem Swap goodies from Diane Mayr was like having my own little sleigh of perfectly personalized poetic treasures. (Hearty thanks as always to Tabatha Yeatts for organizing the Swap!)

I was lucky enough to be Diane's Swap partner again. More lucky than she - all she's gotten from me this week is a groveling email or two about how I'm running late with hers... :0! (I have high hopes for getting her packet to the P.O. today.) She has responded with nothing but graciousness.

Here's what Diane sent:

A package tied up not with string, but taped with purrrfectly delightful cat tape - the kitty expressions have an edge, as Diane's own poetry sometimes does! Inside...

--a poem I'll post below. It''s presented on a photo collage in sepia with other subtle, aged-looking tones. No random photographs here - Diane researched Beaufort, SC (my new-ish hometown) and included wonderful pictures and images of ephemera from Beaufort's rich history! She even put in a photo of the The John Mark Verdier House (a Beaufort landmark since the 1790s), which she remembered is right next door to the building where I have my art studio. I look through my windows at the side of the Verdier house many times each day.

--A hot-off-the-press edition of NEST FEATHERS - a collection of haiku from the first 15 years of The Heron's Nest. I almost bought this for myself this fall, but restrained myself since we're on a "wedding budget" around here til June. But I REALLY wanted it. Jackpot!

--An intriguing postcard with an original poem paying tribute to the New Year. That's all I'm saying at the moment, because I want to share it for A New Year's post in a couple of weeks!

Here is Diane's wonderful poem from the historical montage she created.





İDiane Mayr. All rights reserved.

I especially love that last line, don't you? Such a poignant poem for my neck of the woods. On the way to my studio, I pass both the "Secession House" (where the decision for South Carolina to secede from the Union was put into motion - now a private residence) and also the grave and historical marker of Robert Smalls - escaped slave, Civil War hero, and five-term United States Congressman.

Speaking of Diane the Amazing, guess who is rounding up Poetry Friday this week? Yep! Click on over to Random Noodling and enjoy all the offerings.


  1. December 17, 2015 10:28 PM EST
    You even photographed the tape? I'm glad you liked it. It was a clearance item that I keep for special packages! Merry Christmas, my friend!
    - Diane Mayr
  2. December 18, 2015 12:05 AM EST
    SOunds like an amazing package. I lvoe the poem - so timely ate a point where as a world we seem to have forgotten some of the lessons history has tried to teach us.
    - Sally Murphy
  3. December 18, 2015 7:19 AM EST
    I should have shared my gift this week. Linda Baie sent me some swag from your shop. How fun! I love the winter poetry swap. I finally got mine off yesterday. I hope it arrives before Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing Diane's poem. It is as it should be, learning from history.
    - Margaret Simon
  4. December 18, 2015 8:03 AM EST
    Diane, I loved the tape! Mrrrooow. And I'm still swooning over everything you sent me - thanks for letting me share!

    Hi, Sally - You're spot-on about learning from history. Sigh. Have a great holiday Down Under!

    Margaret, thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who didn't quite make the deadline... ;0) And thanks for the shout-out! (Linda is just the best.)

    - Robyn Black
  5. December 18, 2015 10:08 AM EST
    What a great collection of gift items for you! And a wonderful poem! Merry Christmas.
    - Doraine Bennett
  6. December 18, 2015 10:14 AM EST
    I love that Diane researched your new town and featured it! How cool is that? And she gave you two posts-worth of poems. Very nice :-)
    - Tabatha
  7. December 18, 2015 10:43 AM EST
    Wow! You hit the jackpot! What a treasure trove of coolness perfectly tailored for your likes and interests. I love that cat tape too :). And the haiku book sounds fabulous!! We would do well to heed the words in Diane's poem -- as you say, that last line especially.
    - jama
  8. December 18, 2015 11:49 AM EST
    Hi, Doraine! So excited to be able to share all these. Thanks for coming by - and Merry Christmas to you & yours!

    Tabatha, isn't that just like Diane?!
    Thanks so much for organizing these energizing swaps. For those of us who are together, like Diane, and those of us who are, um, stomping reindeer tracks in a few too many directions....

    Howdy, Jama - I am a lucky, grateful PF girl. ;0) Happy to be the recipient of Diane's always-welcome combinations of wit & fun, and serious thought, too.
    - Robyn Black
  9. December 18, 2015 2:59 PM EST
    What a package full of perfectness! Love that Diane researched your town and her poem that was inspired by it. (And now I need to find some puppy tape...if there's cat tape, there must be dog tape!)
    - Buffy Silverman
  10. December 18, 2015 5:48 PM EST
    Specialness is receiving gifts that are thought-filled and especially for you, as Diane so beautifully showed. It all looks lovely, and Diane's poem is an excellent reminder to everyone for this next year. Happy Christmas to you and your family, Robyn.
    - Linda Baie
  11. December 18, 2015 11:20 PM EST
    The care and personalization in this gift are touching!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  12. December 19, 2015 1:26 AM EST
    Hi, Buffy - Diane's an inspiration. And I'm sure you're right - there must be puppy tape!

    Linda - agreed on all accounts. And Happy Holidays to you and yours - enjoy those little ones!

    Hi, Mary Lee - so very thoughtful, isn't she? Happy Holidays.
    - Robyn Black
  13. December 19, 2015 9:22 AM EST
    The poetry exchanges always sound so wonderful! And this one especially so! Before I could respond to it, I had to stop and send it to a middle school social studies teacher. Absolutely perfect!
    - Carol
  14. December 19, 2015 10:16 AM EST
    What thoughtfulness Diane showed in your poetic gifts. The choice is almost a poem in itself. Thanks for sharing these treasures!
    - Violet N.
  15. December 20, 2015 12:08 AM EST
    This poetry swap sounds exquisite. The thought and effort that has gone into Diane's gift is amazing. A lovely treasure.
    - katswhiskers (KatApel)
  16. December 20, 2015 9:12 AM EST
    Carol, now that probably makes both my and Diane's day - sharing her poem with a middle school teacher! Glad you've helped it gain a wider, important audience. :0)

    Hi, Violet - lovely way to put it. Diane certainly exhibits the adage Irene always says, "Live your poem."

    Kat - definitely a treasure. And, so glad you hopped into Poetry Friday this year from Down Under - another Aussie treasure for the PF crowd!
    - Robyn Black
  17. December 20, 2015 12:38 PM EST
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift with us. I agree with you; the last line of Diane's poem really makes you think. Happy Holidays to you, Robyn!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  18. December 22, 2015 7:39 AM EST
    Hi, Catherine - Thanks for coming by and enjoying Diane's gifts. Happy Holidays to you and yours, too!
    - Robyn Black

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