Greetings, Poetry Lovers!
Once again, our wonderful Tabatha Yeatts organized a Winter Poem Swap - just the thing to make one slow down for five minutes in the midst of the seasonal chaos and think and breathe and ponder and wonder. (Oops - am I confessing too much?) I was delighted to receive a magical box in the mail from Linda Baie, who fills the world with poetry and goodness every season. It had special fun touches such as a rustic verdigris-y metal bird clip, and cheerful red and white baker's twine.
Real confession: Linda has NOT received my LATE package in return - yet - because it just got mailed Thursday. I am lucky she is a woman of patience and understanding. Saturday's deadline whhooossshed right by me before I looked up to see what day it was. (I am still quite covered up in Etsy orders, in double digits waiting in the wings. Thrilled, but I've been burning LOTS of midnight oil!!)
I waited for a snatch of time to open Linda's package, so I could savor the surprises. So much to savor!
She sent a lovely note.
She sent a wonderful old book full of The Best Poems of 1930. (!) :0)
She sent THE most scrumptiuos toffee, explaining that it is a local favorite, and I find that 100 percent believable. Yum. And more yum!
And, she sent a lively, colorful collage and poem! A bird with a playful pattern - and a STAR eye :0) - floats and flitters, with real feathers, too. It is the perfect accompaniment to Linda's poem, which she signed, "For Robyn."
I remember the magic
when I was a wee bird.
I tried to be the best bird on the block.
I flitted and fluttered around the trees,
hoverd and hopped
in and out of bushes
being the bird that I was... not.
Now grown, my secret reveals
I'm still flying in my dreams.
©Linda Baie. All rights reserved.
Wonderful, isn't it? Conjures up all kinds of memories and possibilities.
Do you have a favorite line or phrase? I'd have to say I just "took off" with that final line!
MANY thanks, Linda, for your talents and your generous heart.
Now, fly yourself right over to Elizabeth Steinglass's blog for this week's Poetry Friday Roundup! (Thanks, Liz.)