Thursday, December 28, 2017

#haikuforhealing '17

Poetry Friday...

is hosted this week by Heidi, at my juicy little universe. Be sure to stop by to enjoy her talents of poetry and sharing.

Thank you, Mary Lee Hahn, for inviting all to #haikuforhealing in December. I love how Catherine Flynn describes this as a "shift into low gear."  

With each haiku, written or found (selecting a 5-7-5 syllable pattern from existing text) below,  a caption details inspiration for the words. 

Each haiku is paired with an image, so they are more haiga (Hagia are typically painted by haiku poets, and often accompanied by a haiku poem) than just haiku.  

Many are online stories. Click for further reading if you wish.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Our 21 Most Popular Stories of 2017.” National Geographic, National Geographic Society, 22 Dec. 2017

Inspired by a photo from one of my sweet pastors at Grace United Methodist Church

Mountains!”Twitter,Twitter, 11 Dec. 2017,

Johnson, Kimberley. “Women in the Military Risk Their Lives Fighting for America and They Do NOT Have Constitutional Protection against Gender Discrimination. @renato_mariotti Is Running for IL AG and He's Fighting for Those Women! #Renato4AG #RatifyERA Learn More: Https://” Twitter, Twitter, 22 Dec. 2017,
Inspired by photos from  one of my beautiful pastors at Grace United Methodist Church, Denise Childers

Interior, US Department of the. “Our Most Popular Pic Last Week: This Incredible #FullMoon 🌕 Photo @DenaliNPS in #Alaska” Twitter, Twitter, 11 Dec. 2017,

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Whirlwind Trip

Happy Poetry Friday

Don't miss festivities at Thanks for hosting this busy week, Buffy!

My whirlwind poetry trip began Thanksgiving weekend when friends, reminded me of their invitation to me to go home with them to NYC. We've been talking about it for ages. And, we finally did it, traveling by train to New York and back to DC in a quick twenty-four hours or so.

I hadn't been to NYC forever. It was a treat to stay in Greenwich Village.

I found beautiful words everywhere. 

At Pennsylvania Station, we found an envelope from Minnesota stuffed with dollar-bill origami and what looked like the beginnings of a poem or a prayer on a seat. 

The maker was long gone. Maybe it was left to be found?

On the subway...

In the library between the lions, Patience, and Fortitude

And in the book I packed in my bag in case I had a minute to spare for reading--I didn't. That's OK. Winter break starts today!

The best poetry of all, of course, was time with my friends. We talked and laughed and looked and enjoyed all of it.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Delights of Winter Poetry Swap '17

Hooray! Another Poetry Friday has arrived. This week is wonderful as I have received a gorgeous package of winter poems by Jone McCulloch. She's far from me in physical distance but close in her love of nature and poetry. Allow me to share some goodies from her...

First, the package was wrapped beautifully in the spirit of the season.

My curious teens helped open it and they were impressed first with the photography.I have two artsy types that love animals and photography. So, they really enjoyed Jone's card, as did I. 

The found poem below is from an antique page of  Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past Vol. 1. Which is a lovely work to learn about. Thank you, Jone.

Jone included a lovely calendar full of her photography and haiku which is going to my desk at work to remind me of moments that are quiet and beautiful outdoors (I don't have great windows to see nature from my desk).

Finally, an extra copy of Here We Go is MUCH appreciated as teachers in my school form small "book clubs" and this copy will give me just enough books for a club. I can't wait to see where this book invites students to go!

Thanks also to Tabatha Yeatts, another talented lady who organized the poem swap efficiently and with great love for poets. She really gave gifts to all of us with her organization and time.

Please enjoy much more Poetry Friday this week with host Diane Mayr at her inspirational website, Random Noodling.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons 12/8/17

You know when you're hiking with friends that are faster or more experienced than you...and they wait uphill for you to catch up and then move as soon as you do because they've rested (but you haven't)? 

That's kinda how December feels for me. Phew! I'm looking forward to Winter Break.

This week, Poetry Friday is hosted by Lisa on her Tumblr blog, Steps & Staircases. Our host asked us to respond to the prompt When life gives you lemons... 

Here is my quickly dashed off response with a free pic from pixabay. Maybe I can catch my breath and gather energy from some of my Poetry Friday friends also participating.

Free Image on Pixabay - Anise, Star Anise, Lemon, Cinnamon.” Free Photo: Anise, Star Anise, Lemon, Cinnamon - Free Image on Pixabay - 1061547