Hi all. Fridays fly around pretty quickly these days! I’ve missed a couple – again!! I hope you’re all keeping safe and sweet; giving and receiving kindness.
Talking about kindness… Today I’m sharing some treasures I received as a part of Tabatha’s Poetry Swap. It’s so generous of Tabatha Yeatts to organise these for us – and a joy to receive them!
Thank-you Jone for this zentangle poem, taken from Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Villette. Doesn’t it look amazing! Setting a new standard for zentangle artwork, right there! I especially love the lines; waiting waters stir your heart’.
Ruth Hersey and I were paired up to swap with each other for Swap#2. 🙂 Here is her collection, all poems by Ruth, inspired by my interview in The Book Curator, May 2017. (However did you find it online, Ruth?)
1) A golden shovel from my comment about the words in a verse novel; ‘it’s almost like they’re buffed and polished and warmed to a golden glow’.
The words of the poem shine; together, it’s
a necklace, almost
a collection of crown jewels; like
treasures of great value, they’re
lovingly cared for, buffed
with a soft cloth and
burnished, rubbed, polished,
made ever more lovely and
then worn to a party, warmed
by the neck they encircle, to
sparkle in the perfect setting, a
hand-made ornament, glimmering golden,
effulgent, a radiant glow.
How lovely is; ‘to be warmed by the neck they encircle’?
2) A treasure twice gifted – another golden shovel, with the strikeline from something a little boy said to me, when I said I can’t draw. “But you can! >>>
I love your
to me better than any gift you could make
or buy, better than anything is the
way they fill my head with pictures
3) And a pair of senryu inspired by my answer (which Ruth could relate to!) to a question about how teaching has helped and/or hindered my writing.
Students fill each day
With live action, laughter, tears,
Hard to leave behind
At the end of the school day:
Students fill your head.
I especially like the first and last line connection between the two senryu. It is always about the kids!
Thank-you Tabatha, for again organising the swap, and Jone and Ruth for your poetry gifts. They are appreciated!
Karen’s Got a Blog – and today she’s hosting us for Poetry Friday! Pop on over to see what poetry goodness abounds in our world.
Stay safe. And kind.💕