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Poetry Friday - More Micro Found Poem Ornaments!

November 23, 2016

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, found poetry, artsyletters, Etsy, found poems, art, writer mouse

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend/poetry Friday!

I hope you and yours have enjoyed good company and good food. Warmest thoughts for those with an empty chair at the table this year.

I made a fun discovery while cleaning up my studio recently - I found a few more of those miniature frames I made "found poem ornaments" from two years ago (with a how-to) . Who knew these extra frames were hiding in the supply closet? (Or stashed in a box under a table...?) Those little ornaments sold right away, so I figured I'd better conjure these into shape for this year.

As before, I put a tiny print of my "Writer Mouse" drawing on one side, and a found poem/phrase on the other. Below are the highlighted texts. They were all clipped directly from GOLDEN DAYS For Boys and Girls, Vol. XVIII -- No. 6, December 26, 1896, Philadelphia: James Elverson, Publisher.

The first two were found in "A Perilous Sleigh-Ride" by A. E. Conard:


taken altogether,
Our crew

And the third came from "Frankincense and Myrrh" by Mary N. Prescott:

little children
see Santa Claus
a comfort
in the world

(More pictures of these in my Etsy shop..) Update: Click on "Sold" items number on the left-hand side to see the listing pictures - at least two of them!

Wishing you and your jolly crew comfort and fun during these holidays and beyond. More poetry is just waiting to be discovered at Carol's Corner, where thoughtful Carol has our Roundup this week!


  1. November 24, 2016 9:57 PM EST
    These are lovely, Robyn! Poetry (and picture frames) can be found right under our noses!
    - Diane Mayr
  2. November 24, 2016 11:31 PM EST
    I have a little poem hanging on chains from you that I love. These are so much fun, the look and that you use those old 'found' poems. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
    - Linda Baie
  3. November 25, 2016 12:31 AM EST
    Thanks so much, Diane - you are certainly one to find poetry and artistic inspirations all around! Happy Thanksgiving.

    Linda, many thanks for being such an avid encourager/supporter since I started this endeavor! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too - hope you & yours had a lovely day.
    - Robyn Black
  4. November 25, 2016 6:15 AM EST
    Here's to finding poetry wherever we look!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  5. November 25, 2016 7:31 AM EST
    I even like the name, Micro Found Poem. I love that you are making ornaments with poetry. I hope they sell like hot cakes.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  6. November 25, 2016 8:21 AM EST
    I love these! And then I had to go searching through your store for a necklace or bracelet with an L or a B, in honor of my very literary best friend. Sadly, I didn't find one pictured, but I would definitely be interested if something shows up…
    - Carol
  7. November 25, 2016 8:39 AM EST
    Amen, Mary Lee - thanks for coming by.

    Hi, Brenda - thanks! And, double-thanks!

    Carol, thanks for hosting today! And I'm happy to make custom orders... :0) I'm on the road back to Beaufort today but let's "talk" this weekend if you like?
    - Robyn Black
  8. November 25, 2016 8:59 AM EST
    Dear Robyn, I love these! And I NEEDED that Santa Claus one yesterday to share with a loved one when I was trying to articulate the value and importance of Santa. Thank you! xo
    - Irene Latham
  9. November 25, 2016 10:18 AM EST
    I seem to be following Irene around Poetry Friday today. Robyn, these are delightful and I've had a blast looking through your Etsy shop. I will be back to visit that in the coming days. What a great idea for ornaments. I've been itching to get into some collage type of craft. I may need to get going on some ornaments and found poetry too. Thanks for the inspiration!
    - Linda Mitchell
  10. November 25, 2016 12:47 PM EST
    Love this found poems. Jolly is my favorite. What a great word!
    - Margaret Simon
  11. November 25, 2016 12:49 PM EST
    How lovely!

    I particularly love this poem:

    little children
    see Santa Claus
    a comfort
    in the world

    I think we will all be looking to the holidays for comfort this year.
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  12. November 25, 2016 7:52 PM EST
    Very sweet, Robyn! You are the found poem queen!
    - Tabatha
  13. November 25, 2016 9:14 PM EST
    I (((LOVE))) my mouse poetry ornament! Lucky ducks who can snag these while they're still snaggable.
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  14. November 25, 2016 10:26 PM EST
    Oh, Irene, I'm so happy that one spoke to you! I must have needed it too, for it to jump out at me. ;0) XO

    Hi, Linda - Thanks so much! And, Warning - these can be addictive. ;0) Have fun if you make some found poem ornaments this year. You'll definitely make someone smile, too, if you do!

    Margaret, I could NOT pass that word up. Hope you & yours have a JOLLY holiday season!

    I hear you, Jane. Wishing you and yours joy and comfort in this season & beyond.

    Hello, Dear Tabatha! Glad you enjoyed. [& That's about as blue as my blood will ever get... ;0)]

    Aw, Michelle, thanks. I was thinking of you when I found those extra little frames last week! And happy two report two of these new ones got snagged before my second cup of coffee this morning.
    - Robyn Black
  15. November 26, 2016 11:55 AM EST
    I adore these, Robyn! You are such an inspiration! Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  16. November 26, 2016 3:09 PM EST
    Thank you, Catherine! Glad you enjoyed. :0)
    We did, thanks - hope your holiday weekend has been great!
    - Robyn Black
  17. November 26, 2016 6:11 PM EST
    How delightful! I haven't been to your Etsy shop for a while, but just spent a few minutes window shopping. (My do I covet those vintage typewriter key earrings.) So much cool and artsy stuff.
    - Violet n.
  18. November 28, 2016 8:49 AM EST
    Aw, thanks, Violet! A lovely thing to "hear" from such a cool and artsy person. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  19. November 29, 2016 5:16 AM EST
    Love the feelings of anticipation created by the haiku here! Hope you had a wondrous Thanksgiving celebration! Hugs from Singapore.
    - Myra from GatheringBooks
  20. December 1, 2016 11:36 AM EST
    And love right back to Singapore, Myra! Thanks so much and wonderful to "see" you here. :0)
    - Robyn Black

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