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Poetry Friday - Post Card Exchange Part Two :0)

January 26, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poem postcards, poem post cards, poetry, poems, Penny Parker Klostermann, Mary Lee Hahn, Ramona Behnke, postcard exchange, #postcardXchange

Happy Poetry Friday!

I'm delighted to share the final three postcards I received in our wonderful January Postcard Exchange organized by the ever-generous Jone.

The first two came sauntering in with their caramel-colored cards and entertaining animals, bringing smiles I do not take for granted this month.

Many thanks to Penny for this fun poetic diversion (you can see the properly centered formatting in the picture.):

Dr. Goat

If my doctor were a goat
and if I had a sore throat
he'd ask if I would open wide
so he could take a look inside.

And, yes, of course I'd open wide
so he could take a look inside.

But if my doctor were a goat
looking down my sore throat
I definitely could not say, "AAAAAHHHH!"
Cause Dr. Goat deserves a "BBAAAAHHHH!"

İPenny Parker Klostermann. All rights reserved.

Penny shared the backstory on the reverse of the card: "Your postcard was inspired by one of my childhood picture books. I snapped a photo of a page and wrote my poem based on that. Enjoy!" I did! Thanks, Penny. Makes me miss the goats we used to have when we lived on a little farm.

The next two were haiku, as I enjoyed in the first two cards posted last week.

The text on the back of Mary Lee's adorable kitty picture reads:

just our of reach
whiskers twitch

İMary Lee Hahn. All rights reserved.

Ha! This one made me fondly remember my childhood cat, a "cameo" Persian with the same color coat as the mischievous meow-er in this photo. He was named O'Malley (Yes, after The Aristocats!) Many thanks, Mary Lee!

My last mailbox treasure was from Ramona, whose poem graces that beautiful snow scene above:

A snowy sabbath
A new year's soft beginning
Wintry white frosting

İRamona Behnke. All rights reserved.

"No snow in a very long time in my part of the world," she wrote, "so this dusting of snow on New Year's Day was a special treat!"

Ramona also tucked in printed copies of the poems read at both of President Obama's inaugurations. I probably hadn't read or heard them since those occasions, and it was comforting to revisit the words. You can find Elizabeth Alexander's 2009 poem and Richard Blanco's 2013 poem at . Thank you, Ramona, for your lovely poem as well as these.

Borrowing from each of those inauguration poems (in order), I wish you a "Praise song for every hand-lettered sign, the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables" and "the unexpected songbird on your clothes line."

For more unexpected and welcome delights, visit Carol this week at Beyond Literacy Link. She always has wonderful surprises.


  1. January 26, 2017 9:50 PM EST
    Robyn, all three of your poetry postcards were distinct and different. I just love reading each gift from friends. Thank you for sharing what you received.
    - Carol Varsalona
  2. January 26, 2017 10:09 PM EST
    I received your postcard and it is gorgeous! I'm very grateful for all of my creative P.F. friends. Stay well.
    - Diane Mayr
  3. January 26, 2017 11:34 PM EST
    The postcards gave us blessings every time we opened our boxes, and yours here are delightful, unique (what fun) and special to keep. Hope happy arrives in at least parts of your days each day, Robyn!
    - Linda Baie
  4. January 27, 2017 12:45 AM EST
    But don't goats say "maaaaah"? Or have I been singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" wrong all these years? ;-)

    Such fun postcards - what a wonderful exchange!
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  5. January 27, 2017 6:02 AM EST
    What wonderful treasures! Thank you for sharing them, as well as the lines from Obama's inauguration poets. I've read Elizabeth Alexander's poem many times, but don't know Richard Blanco's that well. I love "the unexpected songbird on your clothes line."
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  6. January 27, 2017 6:13 AM EST
    I love the variety and cleverness of this trio and can't choose a favourite. Wonderful.
    - Sally Murphy
  7. January 27, 2017 6:14 AM EST
    Fun and beautiful and thought-provoking! I have so enjoyed the postcard exchange. Thank you for sharing the fun you received from the post cards. All my cards are tucked into various books as book marks already. I wonder if I could gather them up for a photo as you have done. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Have a great week.
    - Linda Mitchell
  8. January 27, 2017 7:41 AM EST
    I love the poetry postcards. Even though I didn't take part in the exchange, I am so glad I get to peek over shoulders and enjoy the treasures that were sent.
    - Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)
  9. January 27, 2017 8:12 AM EST
    I love all those, but I am extra-fond of the ginger tabby. I love a red-haired cat.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  10. January 27, 2017 9:06 AM EST
    Hi, all!

    Carol, thank you for hosting today, and for making room for poetry friends far and wide.

    Hi, Diane - thank you! I am grateful for creative PF friends, too.

    Linda, happy always arrives when I see your name pop up anywhere. :0) I've done a few of our exchanges and was just thinking I need to conjure up an album or keepsake box to corral these treasures & keep them close at hand after they've taken a turn propped up/displayed. Or maybe I should start a gallery on my office door....

    Howdy from the Southeast, Jane... our goats mostly always said, "Where's dinner?!" ;0)

    Catherine, thanks for coming by. I needed that unexpected songbird to appear in a poem this week!

    Hi, Sally - Yes, I'm glad I don't have to pick a favorite! I love how individual personalities shine through the different creations.

    Linda - that's a great idea, too - using them to mark your place in favorite books. You must read like I do - several books going at once? ;0)

    Hi, Kay - I love seeing what other folks made/received, too! A lot of these opportunities come around each year, so feel free to jump in and out, or just enjoy from afar, as your life allows. :0)

    Hi, Brenda - we had another kitty of similar color who came with the farm where we lived years ago, and she was a love. Have a purrrrfect day.
    - Robyn Black
  11. January 27, 2017 11:13 AM EST
    What beautiful poetry gifts!
    - Liz
  12. January 27, 2017 11:30 AM EST
    Yay, poetry postcards! It's like a bit of sunshine in the mailbox! Thanks for sharing Penny's, Mary Lee's, and Romona's fabulous treasures, Robyn. =)
    - Bridget Magee
  13. January 27, 2017 11:38 AM EST
    Fun exchange. Enjoyed all three poems and postcards. :)
    - jama
  14. January 27, 2017 2:12 PM EST
    Glad you enjoyed my postcard, Robyn. I had so much fun receiving them this month. Poetry joy!
    - Penny Parker Klostermann
  15. January 27, 2017 4:00 PM EST
    Hi, Liz - agreed! Aren't they wonderful?

    Thanks for swinging by, Bridget. All sunshine welcome this month!

    Hi, Jama - glad to share them so they can have a broader "audience" - such fun.

    Thanks again, Penny - your Goat in a White Coat brought lots of cheer. ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  16. January 27, 2017 6:34 PM EST
    What treasures, all! Jone's postcard project has been a bright spot this month, hasn't it? xo
    - Irene Latham
  17. January 27, 2017 8:04 PM EST
    Absolutely, Irene! Thanks for coming by to enjoy more postcards. XO
    - Robyn Black
  18. January 28, 2017 6:21 AM EST
    Glad you liked it! That's William Cartman Morris (RIP) named Willie Morris originally, after the author of MY CAT SPIT McGEE. He gained the Cartman from South Park, a character who insists, "I'm not fat, I'm big boned." As you can see, Sir William was quite...big boned. He weighed in at 20+ pounds.
    - Mary Lee
  19. January 28, 2017 10:48 AM EST
    Love these postcard poems, Robyn! Penny's poem hits just the right silly note! Thank you for cheering me up!
    - B.J. Lee
  20. January 28, 2017 12:28 PM EST
    Oh, Mary Lee, so glad to share a picture of William Cartman Morris. Thank you for the backstory on his wonderful name, which certainly suited him. (And I thought our 16-pound kitty Lancelot was big!)

    Hi B.J. - glad you enjoyed! Cheer is certainly welcome about now, and Penny's poem definitely provides that.
    - Robyn Black
  21. January 29, 2017 7:05 AM EST
    Smiles we do not take for granted. Who knew that deeper gratitude would come with such *anger*? Lucky you to receive so many postcards! (Also, have I mentioned how much I love that photo of you in black and white?)
    - Heidi Mordhorst
  22. January 29, 2017 1:00 PM EST
    What a sweet collection of postcards. Love all the poems, but I am most enamored with with Mary Lee's cat! Oh that tummy! What cuddling I could do with that fuzzpuss.
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  23. January 30, 2017 3:20 PM EST
    Hey, Heidi - lots of emotions all at the same time lately, huh?! Yep - definitely lucky receiver of mailbox cheer. And thanks for the kind words! It was a silly selfie I decided to use after playing around in my studio. ;0)

    Michelle, they were all too good not to share. Was sad to read that Mary Lee's kitty is not with them anymore, but boy what a "full" life he apparently had!
    - Robyn Black

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