Today's Poetry Friday host is Rose at Imagine the Possibilities is sharing the Nevermores" poetry challenge a reverse poem.
I am in the middle of Washington state with my longtime college friends (ones I met my freshman year). We have bee gathering for a weekend since 2003.
What is Hope? edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong arrived on August 18, 2023.
Sylvia and Janet hosted another fantastic class, Think Poetry this summer. The challenge? Photos for ekphrastic poems on the theme of HOPE.
This photo, a visit in a hospital was one that spoke to me. This tanka (five lines; 5-7-5-7-7) arrived with little fuss.
What does I-LOVE-YOU look in Morse code?
Computer gremlins were at play yesterday as I attempted writing this post. Was it as Patricia's SJT"ps title says: "Life at the speed of grace?" Wednesday night I hadn't slept well. Grace was telling me Go. To. Bed. Plus, I was all over the map with this prompt. How does grace meet me and how is it in my life?
One quote I lean on is "For the grace of God, there go I". If you and I were sitting together, sipping tea or coffee, and if we were talking about our teen and young adult years, you would learn that grace protected me over some really dumb choices. (So GLAD there were no cell phones with the capability to record that period of my life!)
Thanks to Ramona, I was lead to this poem, "Everyday Grace." at The Poetry Foundation. This line resonated with me:
"...Suddenly an ordinary day becomes holy ground..." ~"Everyday Grace" by Stella Nesanovich.
Late August, I had my blood drawn. I walked into the little room, greeted by 'Aloha", the room decorated in a Hawaiian theme. The lab technician was from the Big Island. As she drew my blood, I asked if she was affected by the Lahaina fire. She nodded, a great auntie perished. In that moment, I felt a shiver in my body, the shift, the day becoming holy.
we honor, welcome
in a hug
her new ancestor
This is the photo from this week's Wordless Wednesday, Week 35.
A secret heart, evidence of grace
A stranger feels safe sharing her grief
The bushtits have returned to the suet feeder
A friend confides about her struggles
Morning's coolness sends messages that autumn is arriving soon
Blood tests reveal I am in great health
Please head over to Amy at The Poem Farm who is dishing up poetry advice. I love her photo of the stones, having just played with some myself.
Poetry Friday with at Ramona at Pleasures From the Page. She has had quite the summer with moving!
Today, I share a photo and haiku that I posted this week because it seems to capture the end of August and beginning of September. The photo was taken last Sunday when I was at the Portland Japanese Garden.
The Sealey Challenge
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2023 Progressive Poem
April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie, TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle, Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine, Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing