Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Well, it’s been a tough last 6 weeks. Our family has had the death of my father-in-law, two previously unplanned trips to Georgia (so glad Randy could be with his father before he passed), Covid-19 (despite being fully vaxxed and boosted), 3 weeks and counting of basic crud infection (unrelated to Covid-19), and a general feeling of overwhelm. Not our most relaxing holiday season ever. One thing that’s been lovely is that the Poetry Friday community has been here for me when I was able to check in–and judgment-free when I wasn’t able to. I’m grateful for that.
I have nothing freshly written to share (though I have to write a “bells” poem before next week!), so I’m going to link here to Your Classical’s wonderful Performance Today “Poetry for a Winter’s Day” radio show/podcast. From this link, you can listen to the audio (2 hours) and also click to read all the poetry featured. (Thanks for the heads-up, Randy!)
And I’ll reshare a poem I wrote during Laura Shovan’s 2020 Poetry Month project. We’ve had some beautiful snow in Minnesota recently, and we’re still in the midst of a dang pandemic, so this poem feels almost as true to me now as it did in April of 2020. Though at least now we can gather, carefully–not recklessly.
Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas, if you celebrate, and a beautiful finale to 2021, no matter what you celebrate.
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with the lovely Buffy Silverman.
Michelle Kogan says
I think I spy a skinny poem here… from the water themed prompts, I love all the touching in there, especially since we’ve missed out so much in that area the last few years… And “Snow Envy” feels very fresh to me. Hoping you are feeling better and healing from your infection. So sorry for your father-in-laws passing.
Wishes for a joy-filled Christmas to you and your family Laura!
Linda Mitchell says
My goodness, Laura. What a season! I’m sure it’s taken a toll on your mental health too–or, at least I imagine that it would mine. I’m sorry you’ve gone through such a slog. I hope that you feel at least physically healthy soon. I am up early and making Poetry Friday “rounds” and just said to Michelle Kogan on her blog (hi Michelle) that I wondered how she recharged. The thing that makes me cranky in this holiday season — even in the best of times — is the activities that pull me away from recharging. I wish you rest, recovery of health and time to recharge in ways that make you strong. Let those snowflakes fly for a bit.
Lucky snowflakes to be so reckless. I’m a little over being scared/borderline paranoid. You’ve had quite a season. Hopefully, you’re almost out of the worst of it. Hugs!
Thanks for the link and the poem, Laura. I hope 2022 is kinder to you. Peace, love, health and happiness!
Love the Snow Envy. Yes, we all feel that way. We are having a quiet Christmas, but this too shall pass. I wish you a happier and healthier future. Enjoy that beautiful MN snow!
Buffy Silverman says
I’m sorry that you’ve had such a storm heaped on you lately. From what you’ve shared it seems that Randy’s father was a gem. Wishing you and yours good health and a happy Christmas. Thanks for sharing your skinny (which in these covid times seems even more reckless and joyful!)
Snow-doubt your skinny rings true, Laura! Sending you all my best for a fresh (touched by snow?) start to 2022. 🙂
I am so sorry for your loss and then to get sick. Ugh! Too much. I’ve had some struggle with illness lately and it just makes everything harder and more stressful. I hope the new year brings health and peace.