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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - The Poems I Swapped this Summer

September 14, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, Summer Poem Swap, cats, haiku, found poems, found poetry

Thank Goodness it’s Poetry Friday – after quite a week.

I hope you and yours are safe and sound. We made it through Irma’s visit to the Lowcountry, though Monday here was wild and woolly. (Our house is on high ground. Unfortunately, some downtown businesses flooded, and there was so much damage to our local state park beach, Hunting Island, that after just barely opening after Hurricane Matthew’s devastation last October, it’s now closed for the rest of the year because of Irma’s destruction.)

With almost all of our family in Florida and North Georgia, we were glued to The Weather Channel and the cell phones. Evacuation here was not mandatory, and any friends and family we were originally planning to escape to ended up in Irma’s path! Most have power back now, though not all, and we are grateful for no injuries or serious property damage for our folks. Thoughts and prayers for so many who cannot say that this week, and for those in the Caribbean whose lives have been altered beyond recognition, and for those in Texas still reeling from Harvey.

Hurricane Season continues, but the calendar tells me we’re almost to fall. Today I’m sharing peeks of the three Summer Poem Swap poems I sent out. I’ve been so distracted this summer, I don’t think I took any pictures of the last two matted or framed! Pretend they're finished in the pictures. ;0)

For Joy Acey, I made a found poem taken from a wonderful vintage book she had given me a while back for my artistic pillaging, MARVELS OF ANIMAL LIFE by Charles Frederick Holder (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1885).

light givers,



ripples of molten silver



romancers of the pen in


I topped off the text with acrylic washes and a pearlized button, metal heart, pen nib, and watch face with patina – all vintage.

For Tabatha – Founding Mother of and Inspiration for our wonderful Poem Swaps (!) – I found myself wanting to do something with her “Poetry Monster” from a while back, after playing around with some old typewriter levers and feeling like they were some kind of fanciful creatures disguised in metal.

So on an actual 1909 map of Maryland that I clipped from an old atlas, I arranged elements from her blog, making a kind of found poem from a page posted three years ago:

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(I took my ‘signature’name from that page too, from the comments!)

For fun, I arranged my fanciful creature – a magical horse? Dragon? – so that its head would arc right over Tabatha’s home town on the map.

Finally, for Amy , a haiku that came to me as spring began to fold itself into summer, while we were visiting family in Georgia. We happened upon a nest of robins in a hanging basket just outside my in-laws’ back door, about the time the babies were ready to go. Amy was in my heart as I thought of her sending her firstborn off to college.

approaching solstice
fledgling at the edge
of the nest

[Poems ©Robyn Hood Black.]

I matted the poem and sent it along. For an extra gift, in light of all the kitties Amy and her family have adopted and fostered and found homes for, I sent a new gift pack from my Etsy shop – for Cat Lovers! It includes a pack of my yin/yang – cats-on-a-rug note cards, a pewter bookmark with cats carousing from end to end, to which I’ve dangled another pewter cat charm (which is itself dangling a wee little mousie by its tail), and a magnet featuring a vintage cats US postage stamp.

A little poignant for me this week, as our beautiful Lance who photo-bombed my post a couple of weeks ago got some news that none of us wanted from the vet. He is acting okay for now, but he has cancer. He has had a good, long life and we will give him all the TLC and tuna he wants as we enter this bittersweet season with him.

Many thanks again to Tabatha for dreaming up and organizing the Summer (& Winter) Poem Swaps, and to all in this special community. If you missed any of the treasures I received from Joy, Margaret, or Michelle Kogan, just scroll back to recent summer posts!

Our magnificent Michelle Heidenrich Barnes has today’s Roundup at Today’s Little Ditty, and I’m thankful she and others in our Florida Poetry Family made it through the hurricane as well.


  1. September 14, 2017 11:52 PM EDT
    I'm so glad you and your family are safe and that Irma has finally passed. Your poems are lovely as always. I especially love "ripples of molten silver" Wow! What a beautiful image, Robyn! Have a great weekend!
    - Linda
  2. September 15, 2017 12:05 AM EDT
    Hi, Linda - thanks so much, and thanks for coming by. Glad you enjoyed the poems! Hope you have a great weekend yourself.
    - Robyn Black
  3. September 15, 2017 8:14 AM EDT
    Such an emotionally draining week you have had. Sending hugs for kitty-cat sadness and hopes for lots of hugs and fluff. Thank-you for sharing your beautiful poetry art with us. All lovely - but I think I especially like the poignancy of the fledgling.
    - KatApel
  4. September 15, 2017 8:35 AM EDT
    Hugs to you as you cope with the upheaval and tumult of the external and internal weather.
    I *love* my poetry monster, as you know!
    Your cat gift pack sounds purr-fectly charming.
    - Tabatha
  5. September 15, 2017 10:18 AM EDT
    Hi, Kat - thanks for those hugs; they stay strong all the way around the world! :0)

    Thanks, Tabatha - I had such fun with your little creature, and we all appreciate the time and TLC you put into these swaps!
    - Robyn Black
  6. September 15, 2017 11:05 AM EDT
    What gorgeous gifts of your heart, Robyn. I love them all! I'm glad to hear your family all made it through the hurricane safely, but the news about Lance is breaking my heart. You've been through so much already in the last several months. Hugs and cat cuddles. xo
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  7. September 15, 2017 12:23 PM EDT
    Oh your lucky swappers! Thanks for sharing your gifts (poetic and artistic) with all your fans.
    - Buffy Silverman
  8. September 15, 2017 12:25 PM EDT
    p.s. And so sorry about your pal Lance.
    - Buffy Silverman
  9. September 15, 2017 1:34 PM EDT
    Michelle - thank you, my friend, and thanks for rounding us all up today. Your post, & everyone's peaceful contributions, is heart-nourishing for sure!

    Thank you, Buffy, on all accounts - and congrats again on the SCBWI Merit Award news. :0)
    - Robyn Hood Black
  10. September 15, 2017 2:14 PM EDT
    Each gift sounds lovely, Robyn, but even more the thoughts and creative time you took with them, for your swapees. They must have felt loved when they opened the packages. I'm so glad you're okay and sorry about the beach park, closed again. And I'm sorry for your dear Lance. There is never enough time for those pets we love. Hugs to you for a calmer weekend!
    - Linda Baie
  11. September 15, 2017 2:51 PM EDT
    I am glad to hear you and yours are safe from the latest round of hurricanes. It has been quite a season. Thank you for sharing with all of us your poetic and artistic gifts from the poem swap. They are beautiful and so thoughtful.
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff
  12. September 15, 2017 8:00 PM EDT
    I was admiring your poetry monster, Robyn. It has that steampunk feel. So glad that you and your home survived such a harrowing week.
    - Laura Shovan
  13. September 15, 2017 8:28 PM EDT
    Thanks so much, Dear Linda - and, I'll take that calmer weekend! XO

    Hi, Kay - Thanks for the kind words. It HAS been a season, hasn't it? Wishing blue skies and poetic inspirations your way!

    Thanks, Laura - I've got more of those gears and plans in my head. ;0) Appreciations for the warm thoughts! My in-laws in N. Ga. just got power back on this eve., and they got power back this afternoon at my brother's in St. Pete. Whew!
    - Robyn Black
  14. September 15, 2017 10:54 PM EDT
    So sorry to hear about Lance. I hope you get lots of hugs with your tuna. I am impressed by how much time and effort you found for the swaps. I especially like the phrase, fledgling at the edge. That is a bit how being pre-published feels.

    I'm glad you came through the hurricane ok. It's shaping up to be an unbelievable year.
    - Brenda
  15. September 16, 2017 12:18 PM EDT
    Thanks, Brenda - I love your thinking about publishing that way! Those wings are ready to flap. :0) Appreciations, too, for the warm kitty thoughts. Lance is running around today being Lance - vocal, no signs of distress, hungry, & alternating between wanting to be petted and trying to bite my hand -so we'll be grateful for these kinds of days.
    - Robyn Black
  16. September 17, 2017 6:12 AM EDT
    Oh, what a newsy and artsy post full of fun stuff. I'm so glad you made it through the hurricane. It was a nail biter for sure. And, wow! I love seeing what you do with bits of ephemera. I am itching to try making a collage. I have started a collection of stuff. One is an old dictionary with those great pages that can be used as a background. I'm keeping my eye out for things like pen nibs and odds and end. Always an inspiration....even through a hurricane!
    - Linda Mitchell
  17. September 17, 2017 1:58 PM EDT
    Hi, Linda - thanks for swinging by. I love ephemera - I remember falling in love with the very word when I first read it in Victoria Magazine, 25 or 30 years ago? ;0) Would love to see what collage creativity you come up with!
    - Robyn Black
  18. September 18, 2017 5:12 AM EDT
    So glad to hear you are safe and sound, Robyn. I'm sorry to hear about Lance. Our 17 year old Noodles was just at the vet's and I was fearing the same news, at the moment, all is well. Thank you for sharing these poems--they are true treasures. I love those "ripples of molten silver"!
    - Catherine
  19. September 18, 2017 8:36 PM EDT
    Thanks, Catherine. Now I'm fearing for those poor folks in the Caribbean again with Maria...! And glad to hear you got a good report for Noodles; our older pets keep us from taking days for granted. (What a great name, BTW.) XO
    - Robyn Black
  20. September 21, 2017 7:01 PM EDT
    Sorry to hear about your kitty cat Lance, sending some soothing thoughts his way.
    I'm glad that you and your family are all safe, and well after the onslaught of all the storms.
    Thanks for sharing all your lovely treasures in words and collaged/constructed art for the Summer Poetry Swap.
    - Michelle Kogan

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