Greetings, Poetry Lovers!
What a week. In the midst of the chaos and anticipation and general global angst, bright spots have been found. First, a big THANKS to Jama Kim Rattigan, who kindly included some of my artsyletters wares in her "Nine Cool Things on a Tuesday" post - she does find the COOLest things, with help from Mr. Cornelius, of course. I enjoyed the delightful diversions!
Also, I've just started perusing the latest haiku anthology from Robert Epstein, THE HELPING HAND HAIKU ANTHOLOGY (Including Senryu, Tanka, and Haiga). The collection includes poems about kindness between humans and non-humans alike. It's hot off the press, and I've not had time to read much yet. But it's a refreshing tonic for these stressful days!
Robert was kind enough to include three of my haiku:
sorting darks and lights
my love note
in his pocket
HSA Members' Anthology, 2019 - A Moment's Longing, edited by Tanya McDonald.
blue mask she smiles with her eyes
beyond orange tape,
Frogpond 42:3, Fall 2019
And, finally, I'm running around trying to get my shop ready for our November First Friday event. (Masks required!) As we did last month, we'll have a table set up with cards and pens for folks to write holiday notes to deployed service members. I was running shy of the total Thank You cards I wanted to send this month, so I asked my daughter Morgan if her third graders might want to write some.
They were excited to participate, she said, and wrote them this week. (She made a lesson out of it.) That daughter of mine also enlisted fellow third-grade classrooms, so she'll be mailing me a whole bunch to send! I can't wait to receive them and send them on with others I've been collecting. Now I can get the December batch going.
I am grateful for TEACHERS, for all the active duty MILITARY who serve, and for our VETERANS (Happy Veterans' Day next week!). I'm grateful for kindnesses great and small. I'm grateful for poetry. And, for YOU!
Fellow Etsy shop owner Susan has our Poetry Friday Roundup over at Soul Blossom Living today - thanks, Susan! (You can find her on Etsy at SoulBlossomLiving - she even has a fun felted mouse kit! And circle back here next week, where I'll be Rounding Up with some HOP TO IT fun & poetic holiday gift ideas.)