Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
This year, I participated in Jone MacCulloch’s postcardXchange for the first time. I know a lot of these kinds of interactive exchanges go on among the kidlit community. I’ve always been intimidated and too busy, so I had an easy out.
This year, I was still intimidated and too busy. But part of my OLW–CLEAR–is to clear time for what’s important. Like connecting with my online friends more personally. So, I signed up when Jone pointed out that it was fine to take a purchased postcard and just write a poem on the back. That’s what I did for my 5 people. I’m glad I sent them out before I started receiving my beautiful postcards! Here are the two I’ve received so far:
Look at this one from Keri Collins Lewis. Isn’t it beautiful? I love how she incorporates a theme of adventure and travel (both near and dear to my heart). And she found a ticket with Minnesota Ave. LOVE. And that little fleur de lis is a “wee talisman” she sent me for the coming year. What a lovely gift. Here’s the poem:
own your dream
create adventure for your heart
never an ordinary story
or perfect reality
be you, bravely
–Keri Collins Lewis, all rights reserved
And I got two versions of Linda Mitchell‘s postcard. A first batch went missing, but then turned up.
I love the way she used butterfly postage stamps! And her clever poem:
In his tight cocoon he’s resting
Pre-flight gauges, panels testing
Fashioning wings of orange and gold
Flight plan filed for Mexico
–Linda Mitchell, all rights reserved
And the second version (or maybe this was the first, I guess):
The poem is exactly the same, except the title is Flight Plant on this one.
Aren’t these fabulous? OK, if I participate next year, I’m going to design a cool postcard poem and get them printed. I’ve done that for holiday poems once or twice, but I love the idea of just doing it as a little art project.
Thank you, Keri and Linda, for your wonderful art/poems, and Jone, for organizing this!
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink. And maybe you’d like to create a digital piece of poetry art and submit it to her Winter Wonder Gallery? Details here.