Eat the Words – Poetry Postcard Project

Thanks to the Poetry Friday community, I heard about, and signed up for, the 2016 Poetry Postcard Project, conducted each year at Silver Star School, Vancouver and co-ordinated by MsMac. Students wrote and illustrated postcards, which were then sent out to all who nominated to receive one. (I know a number have winged their way to Australia, because I shared the link with some friends… 🙂 )

Mine arrived last Friday.

I was reading along loving the poem I received, until …

        that last line…

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That last line!

Sometimes poems flounder at the finish, but this one was so surprising! Satisfyingly so. Ashlynn F in 5th grade, you nailed it. You made me laugh out loud with delight! Mayhaps I even had to trumpet an exultant chorus, like these Australian brolgas.

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For sure, I had a feast when I ate your words. Thank-you!

Talking of a feast… and words… Saturday evening from 6-8pm, Queensland Writers Centre is hosting a Whispers Salon at Alowishus (so delicious!) Café, Bundaberg. No entry fee and no booking required.  I’ll be doing a reading. Along with other emerging and established Queensland authors, including the lovelies TM Clark and Cheryse Durant. Mayhaps you’ll be there, too…?

Wanting more poetry? Click across to Margaret’s blog, Reflections on the Teche
 where you’ll find the full Poetry Friday round-up.

And don’t forget to keep a look out for the 2017 Poetry Postcard Project. You don’t want to miss it!

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19 comments

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  2. I love the “words are like small whispers”, a lovely and rich inspiration for your own poem, too. I looked for more info about the brolga, found it is Queensland’s bird emblem, and threatened. There is a youtube showing their dance. I’ve spent time among our own sandhill cranes that come through Colorado, and they are wonderful too. Thanks for all, Kat!

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    • Brolgas are such beautiful contradictions – so plain, yet so stately, so raucous, yet so elegant. We have numerous pairs around our property, but we don’t see them in large flocks like in north/western Queensland. Ours are very territorial; trumpet their raucous chorus whenever other large birds (even brolgas) or dingoes approach. I have seen one dance where the male kept plucking up a lily flower and tossing it into the air in a very beautiful courtship.

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  3. Fair is fair. I sent you googling for Jack in the Pulpit, and you sent me for Brolgas! Never heard of them…now I know!

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