Greetings, Poetry Lovers!
I had something else planned for this week, but, alas - glitches and car issues and such, so it can emerge later.
And speaking of plans yet to come to fruition, I had many more Valentine-y items I was going to make for my artsyletters shop this year, but they'll keep, too. I did get some new things in the shop and posted on Instagram, including the freshly baked necklace above with vintage letter charms I couldn't resist working with. (Listing coming this eve.)
On a heavier note, I've tuned in to a fair bit of the impeachment trial this week. I can't imagine the trauma felt by those who were there, as they relive the events of the insurrection and perhaps learn new things themselves about it. I generally keep politics out of my blog posts, but I do not agree with one my state's (SC) vocal US Senators, who recently stated he is "ready to move on." Regardless of the trial's outcome, as a country we need to acknowledge what happened, give voice to lives lost and others forever altered, with gratitude for the amazing courage and bravery shown on Jan. 6 by those who faced the mob. Oh, and make the effort to preserve our democratic republic.
So now that I've changed the tone, I'll share a somber haiku just published in bottle rockets.
one blue feather
then the pile
©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.
bottle rockets Vol. 22, No. 2 (Issue #44)
I was hoping to make this the year I jumped back into Cornell's Great Backyard Bird Count, but that might have to wait another year, too. Or maybe I can participate a little bit?! Anyone can join in and help keep track of our amazing feathered earthly comanions. (I did learn to identify a new visitor to my new bird feeder this week, using The Cornell Lab's wonderful phone app- a pine warbler!)
Thanks for reading along and making safe spaces for the gamut of human (and bird) experiences. Be sure to visit the lovely Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone for this week's Roundup. (She happens to include a Mary Oliver poem about one of my favorite birds, the Carolina Wren.)