Greetings, Poetry Lovers!
More New Year Poem Postcard love this week, thanks to the yearly swap organized by Jone Rush MacCulloch. Lucky for me and my usual time-challenged nature, we can either go the traditional Western New Year's route or pay homage to the Lunar New Year, with its representative animal. (Feb. 1 will usher in the Year of the Tiger.) My postcards, finally, are crouched and ready to pounce into the mail this morning. ;0)
Today I share a pair of gems with breathtaking landscape images on one side, and inspiring words on the other.
First, many thanks to Carol Labuzzetta for her gorgeous photograph of the setting moon at Turret Arch in Arches National Park in Utah. I am drawn right in to that natural wonder in her photograph, and I love how the circle in the rock is mirrored by the bright, round moon on the right!
On the other side of her card, beneath a fetching jumping tiger, is this haiku:
Eye of the tiger
Keenly seeing the future
(I would welcome more keen eyesight and honesty in the world these days - just sayin'.)
Next, please give it up for Gail Aldous, who explains on her postcard that she took this stunning photograph in the Adirondack Mountains, where she and her husband hike and cross-country ski. She also offers a nod to her cat, whose name is - wait for it - Tigress!
The beautiful natural "layers" in her photograph inspired this poem:
(draft ©Gail Aldous)
Boy, do those thoughts resonate with me this year! Layers, indeed.
I feel so blessed to be able to do some armchair traveling with these poem postcards - The warm words and wishes inspire me, and the glimpses of life in other ecoysystems and landscapes is magical. Thanks, Carol and Gail!
Fellow Southerner Irene Latham has the Roundup this week - and always a million amazing, wonderful things - at Live Your Poem. Thank you for hosting, Irene!