Greetings, Poetry Lovers!
Just a couple of nice surprises this week, and another recent one. I'm finding I appreciate those more and more….
First, the pictures.
Out of the blue I received an update on that baby squirrel I rescued a few weeks back. (I blogged about that here.) The wildlife rehabilitator who took the wee one on for the long term texted me this adorable picture. And though I initially thought it was a 'he' – I was evidently wrong. It's a SHE. Here's what the rehabilitator wrote:
She is doing really well, no injuries - she just needs to be bigger. Maybe a month and she will be released if it's warm out, but she is sweet. I named her Robin. It's funny because her adopted brothers are Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, and Roo, so Christopher "Robin" just worked. Thanks for saving her.
Her unexpected update made my heart happy.
Another more subtle surprise recently is that the rambling morning glory vine that used to confine itself to the back fence has journeyed to the side deck stairs and covered the wonky gate as well. When we had two beautiful red hibiscus blooms this week, I decided to take a phone picture and also discovered the gentle purple flowers photobombing the larger plant. If a plant can be effusive, that describes the morning glory vine here lately.
Finally, a surprise from a couple of months ago. I was thrilled to open an email and discover an invitation to submit a bio and picture for The Haikupedia project over at The Haiku Foundation.
Haiku poet and editor Tzetzka Ilieva has been helping with this massive undertaking and explains it this way: "The objective of this enormous project, initiated by Charles Trumbull and other members of The Haiku Foundation, is to create an online encyclopedia of everything about haiku."
I had heard about it and knew that noted poet, editor, publisher, and haiku historian Charles Trumbull was at the helm. I was thrilled years ago when he was still editor at Modern Haiku and he accepted some of my work, along with offering an encouraging word or two, which I greatly appreciated.
Here's a one-line haiku of mine from Modern Haiku just a few years back:
one door closes morning glories
©Robyn Hood Black. Modern Haiku, Vol. 49.1, Winter-Spring 2018
You can learn more about Haikupedia here.
And here's my page there; I'm thrilled to be included. [Also, very grateful to the wicked camera skills of Ginnie Hinkle, my son's girlfriend, for the new head shots!]
Here's hoping any surprises coming your way this week are pleasant ones. For inspiring poetic surprises, be sure to visit our amazing Irene, rounding up Poetry Friday for us at Live Your Poem. Thanks, Irene!