On this first Friday of September, Linda at TeacherDance has hosting duties. Her poem about summer ending and school beginning reminds me of "Now" by Prince Redcloud.
Are you interested in a poetry challenge? The September #poetrypals challenge is the Definito, created by poet Heidi Mordhorst,
This week, I have the wonderful work of Michelle Kogan. She sent it to me for the Summer Poetry Swap. It's always a joy to get something from Michelle. I love the journal she handmade and will carry it with me for sketching and writing.
Below is her poem. There is indeed mystique in our feathered friends. They are magical in the way they flit here and there.
FEATHERED FRIEND MYSTIQUE..
Does sparrow magic amaze you?
How they tilt their head,
this way and that.
How they lilt their song
lively up and down.
Have you glimpsed them
on that high branch?
one wing than another.
Preen, preen, preening,
puff-fluffing head feathers,
noodling wings and all birdy things.
Oh joyous song they sing along
as if it's just for you.
Though really for their birdy loves
perched safely in that branchy shrub
W-a-y up above,
or in that shady tree.
But if you dare look too long,
or they catch you listening-
S-s-s-W-i-sh-Off they dash
in a flash-instantly.
Do you wander,
Were they ever
© 2022 Michelle Kogan
Welcome to Dave who's hosting at Leap of Dave.
summer explodes with life
hatching nests and sipping food
thanks for the moment
©jone rush macculloch
Thank you, Denise for your kindness and brightening my mail this summer.
Head over to Margaret at Reflections on the Teche and wish her a happy birthday. She's hosting today. She was greeted with a rainbow for her birthday and has a poem from William Wordsworth.
Summer is for Poetry Swaps
When I returned from my travels, this swap was waiting for me. Linda Mitchell outdid herself with this "Junk Journal" which is more like a piece of art. and for me, a mentor example to create my own junk journal about Scotland.
an old book
for starry dream doodles
© jone rush macculloch
New Blog Post Alert!
I'm adding "Monday Musings" to my blog. Here is the link for this past Monday.
Thanks to Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone for hosting today.
It's really great to be back. June and July zipped by me. Part of the time I was in Ireland and Scotland. I am still processing the trip and can't believe I've been home almost a month. What a month it's been! I have news.
The Poeming Pigeon: A Journal of Poetry and Art (Issue #12)
I am thrilled to announce that my poem, "A Story While Chopping Onions", will be featured in this upcoming issue of the The Poeming Pigeon.
It's ready for preorders at the website and is $18.00 if ordered before September 30, 2022. It's $24.00 after. Publication is set for October 25, 2022.
Summer Poetry Swap, 2022
In Other News
Three years ago, Klaire Lockhart and Aaron Packard, wanted to host an art exhibit in their community of Vermillion, SD comprised of artists from all over the country.
I submitted two photos and the mixed media piece, "Coda". They were accepted into the show.
The artwork will be professionally printed and wheat-pasted to the exterior of No. 7 Center Gallery, and the images will be included in an online exhibition hosted by packardgroupllc.com. The opening reception will occur on Final Friday, August 26th, 2022 at No. 7 Center Gallery, 7 Center St., Vermillion, SD. All selected artwork will be projected as a drive-in movie. The exhibition of 8x10” prints will be on display from August 26th through September 23rd, 2022.
I am so excited to be included and when the online link becomes available, I will share.
Laura at Laura Purdie Salas is hosting Poetry Friday today and sharing more of the Poetry Princess Challenge. It was to find a poem from the Poetry Friday Community and write a response using the Tanka form. Curious about tanka? Read this post by Kelly.
I went to the blogs and landed at Mary Lee's Poetrepository. She wrote a sonnet (and for AJ no less) about Summer's End. It is a cornucopia of juicy and rich words.
Meanwhile, I spied my last remaining Summer Poetry Swap. Guess who it was from? Mary Lee and I knew that this was a serendipitous moment.
I have been thinking today about the fact that I don't really have a favorite season. There is great anticipation for the arrival of the new season and all it has to hold. Toward the end, the anticipation of the season builds.
.Using a couple of the cards Mary Lee sent me I responded to "Summer's End" with a
Dodoitsu (7-7-7-5), part of the summer swap and a tanka. I pulled some of her words from the sonnet.
scarlett maple leaves quiver
apples finish crisp on trees
roads that are unexpected
fall’s many textures
©jone rush macculloch. 2021
wake before sunrise
cool air hushes summer heat
lingering too long.
harvest moon and Orion
set in the west. autumn arrives
©jone rush macculloch. 2021
Elisabeth at Unexpected Intersections
is hosting Poetry Friday today. It's going to be a fun party as she and others celebrate Jane Yolen's 400th book, Bear Outside. Poets in the community are writing after the style of Yolen's eight line, rhyming poem, “What the Bear Knows”.
Join the party, the topic is What the ____ Knows.
Last week I shared my Poetry Swap from Janet ClareFagel . This week, Janet is my guest blogger. And it's an honor to share her Summer Swap treasures from Margaret Simon and myself.
Summer Poem Swap
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2022 Progressive Poem
1 April 1 Irene at Live Your Poem
2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
25 Marilyn Garcia
26 JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
30 Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing