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Poetry Friday - Post Card Exchange Poems Perfect for Today!

January 19, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poem postcards, poem post cards, poetry, poems, rain, umbrella, Joy Acey, Laura Purdie Salas, postcard exchange, #postcardXchange

Greetings, Poetry Friends!

I'm happy to participate in Jone 's wonderful January Poem Postcard Exchange. Even though I'm just getting my own mailed out today.... (Hey, the deadline hasn't technically passed yet.)

I received two right off the bat this month from poets who are more together than I. (Another came this afternoon - Thanks, Penny! - will feature that one soon.)

These first two seemed uncannily thematically "linked," and, I think they are both perfect for today, an important date in our country's history and one with a wet forecast.

Many thanks to Joy Acey and Laura Purdie Salas for brightening my month!

quiets the world
the earth listens

©Joy Acey. All rights reserved.

Reality glares
I open my umbrella,
build my own blue sky

©Laura P. Salas. All rights reserved.

I really appreciate these delightful images and welcome messages in poetry. A reminder to listen to the rain and let it help quiet my world when I let too much noise in, and also the comforting notion that I can "build my own blue sky"!

On her blog last week, Joy wrote, "Today, I am trying to be aware of the vibrations I'm sending out into the Universe. I want it to be a glorious, happy, positive day."
(If you know Joy, you know that's what her dial is always turned to - ;0) .)

I'm going to remind myself of those words and revisit these poems all day.

Just above the border here in the states, the beautiful Violet has put together a "Poetry Friday - the Aim High Edition" for all of us! Many thanks, Violet - we'll take it.


  1. January 19, 2017 10:51 PM EST
    I love the way these two complement each other so perfectly., and the significance of today. Thanks for sharing.
    - Sally Murphy
  2. January 19, 2017 11:37 PM EST
    What wonderful postcards with a celebration-of-nature vibe. Thanks for sharing. I have a few to share next week. >rubbing hands
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  3. January 19, 2017 11:38 PM EST
    Hi, Sally - I love that, too - they arrived a day or so apart from each other and made me smile! Hope all is well Down Under.
    - Robyn Black
  4. January 19, 2017 11:40 PM EST
    Thanks for coming by, Brenda. Isn't the exchange a welcome gift for January? I need to backtrack and try to find some posted that I've missed, I'm sure. Will check out yours next week, and will be sharing more myself!
    - Robyn Black
  5. January 20, 2017 4:39 AM EST
    Wow, those do go well together! Beautiful.
    - Tabatha
  6. January 20, 2017 5:54 AM EST
    The healing touch of rain....the healing touch of blue sky. Seldom taken in together but here they are side by side. Beautiful. I have really enjoyed the postcard exchange too! Have a great week.
    - Linda Mitchell
  7. January 20, 2017 8:47 AM EST
    What treasures these poems are! We need them both, don't we? Rain and blue sky. xo
    - Irene Latham
  8. January 20, 2017 9:02 AM EST
    Hi, Tabatha - It was fun to receive them so closely together!

    Linda - healing touches from our poet friends. Thanks for coming by, and hope you have a great week, too.

    Hi, Irene - wishing you soothing portions of rain and blue sky as needed. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  9. January 20, 2017 11:01 AM EST
    Love that Joy and I both used weather in our poems! Thanks for sharing them, Robyn. This #postcardXchange is fun! Even though I am not artistic at all, I enjoyed writing my poems:>) Trying to build my own blue sky today.
    - Laura Purdie Salas
  10. January 20, 2017 11:45 AM EST
    Thank you for sharing these. Poetry Friday is brightening my day today. I'm glad I stopped by.
    - Tricia
  11. January 20, 2017 11:50 AM EST
    It's wonderful how these two connect, Robyn. We have so little rain, and celebrate the quiet when it comes. And building one's on blue sky with an umbrella makes me smile. Thanks for sharing both!
    - Linda Baie
  12. January 20, 2017 12:23 PM EST
    I could use that reminder to make my own blue skies. I find winters here in the Pacific Northwest really hard - I struggle with the endless rain and dreary grey skies. I can't change the weather, but maybe, just maybe, I can change how it makes me feel!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  13. January 20, 2017 5:00 PM EST
    Those postcard poems are indeed perfect reminders for today. I am loving seeing all the love and poetry being spread with the poem postcards. Keep on sharing!
    - Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)
  14. January 20, 2017 11:16 PM EST
    I love your postcard poems. That blue sky umbrella is so apt for most of the year where I live! (And thanks for your kind words and contributing to Poetry Friday, Robyn. It was a pleasure hosting--after I got over the whiplash moment of 'What have I done?!')
    - Violet N.
  15. January 21, 2017 9:14 AM EST
    Robin, the postcards you received are vibrant and full of positivity. It is wonderful to receive such a variety of messages that can impact our days.
    - Carol Varsalona
  16. January 21, 2017 12:43 PM EST
    Hi, Laura - your poem helped all of us build our own blue skies. Thank you again!

    Tricia, I'm so glad you stopped by today, too! :0)

    Thanks for coming by, Linda - wishing you peaceful weather out there in the Rockies.

    Hi, Jane - I loved visiting your part of the country for the first time this fall. But after hearing tales of long gray winter days, I admit I'm probably more suited to these Southeastern climes. ;0)

    Thanks for visiting, Kay - such lovely surprises in the mail. I'll share the others, too!

    Violet, thanks again for hosting with grace and cheer this week. Sending you sunshine thoughts this season (though it's actually raining cats and dogs where we are visiting in Georgia right now!)

    Hi, Carol - thanks for sharing your own positive, vibrant words here and elsewhere. Have a great weekend!
    - Robyn Black
  17. January 21, 2017 1:26 PM EST
    Thanks for sharing your poetry postcards. I love them both! And glad to know mine arrived.
    - Penny Parker Klostermann
  18. January 22, 2017 6:46 AM EST
    You likely have mine by now, too!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  19. January 23, 2017 9:26 AM EST
    Delightful thoughts in those postcard poems! It is such a fun exchange!
    - Donna Smith

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