This summer I participated in Tabatha Yeatts’ summer poetry swap. My poetry swappers were more on top of the swap than moi–they sent beautiful poems and cool swag. I felt guilty when the deadlines whizzed by, but I finally managed to get with the program. Next week I’ll share the poems that I belatedly sent out. This week I’m sharing my wonderful gifts.
In June I received these flowers bursting with summer sunshine, and this joyful poem from Linda:
I rose in the dark to greet the sun –
wanting to know if I enjoyed its “good morning”
as much as I loved its “good night”?
Bird song clamored for the sun
while soft edges of trees became visible
like darkroom photographs emerging.
The colors changed sky from gray
to cream, peach, indigo-
Broad streams of gold wrote onto the blue,
designing new pictures minute by minute.
The sun sparkled, insects woke and flew
in this, goodnight’s opposing view.
I felt joy to know the whole day lay before me.
–Linda Baie, all rights reserved
Next I got to sip some tea and contemplate the clouds in Mary Lee‘s garden, courtesy of this poem and photograph:
Sitting on the edge
of the third porch step,
hot tea beside me,
I ignore the garden’s weeds
and focus instead on the giant sunflower’s head
toward the cloudy east.
There’s grace in knowing
the sun is there
even if it’s not showing.
I’m still learning to be that aware.
–Mary Lee Hahn, all rights reserved
Irene sent this poem inspired by her visit to the Butterfly House at Callaway Gardens and as a response to “Consider the Dragon,” a poem that I had written for her (along with some cool butterfly house swag!)
Consider the Chrysalis
Slightly creepy monarch chrysalis wearing a caterpillar skin cap. ©Buffy Silverman
need not be unraveled.
Leave them to dangle,
these jeweled lockets
so tight with pain
Allow them to
Let them rest uninterrupted
before they harden
into bright truths
across the waiting sky.
–Irene Latham, all rights reserved.
My final gift was from Donna, who wrote a poem about a dragonfly, and had it printed on a tote bag with the photograph that’s on the header of my blog! Very cool…I found out that you can’t scan a tote bag, so you’ll have to take my word on this one. But you can enjoy Donna’s Dragonfly poem:
Dragonfly patrolling our (his?) dock. ©Buffy Silverman
I wonder why
You look the way you do –
The lightest things
To flit across the blue;
No friendly grin,
Yet still I’m friends with you!
With stare intense,
You sleep amid the dew:
Legs that clamp,
Big mouths that champ
And turn your prey to stew.
Glad I’m tall
And you are small
Or I’d be scared of you!
–Donna JT Smith, all rights reserved
Heidi has the round-up today, where you’ll find many more poetry gifts!