Poetry Friday, Week 51: Collaborating with Fernanda Valentino and A Link to The Poeming Pigeon Reading
Welcome to a cold and breezy Poetry Friday. I hope you have a warm fire or something warm to drink as you enter this special community. And thanks to Irene at Live Your Poem for hosting us all this Friday before Christmas Eve and Day.
May this weekend be filled with magic and mystery for all who celebrate.
Besides collaborating with Linda Mitchell for Spark 53, I reached out to some new poetry friends. Fernanda Valentino shares a poem in What is a Friend edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. She volunteered to write a response to this photo I took in Glencoe, Scotland.
Heavy clouds cascading
Looming low, they skim
And brush these emerald valleys
With winter's thick, cold kiss.
Laden with burdens
The storm clouds linger, dense
Their damp and dewy fingers
Caress this desolate place.
As sunlight struggles through
Each day another battle
For sunbeams, pale and new.
What is this lonely, far-flung place?
What does this small hut ponder?
What secrets does it hide?
What memories dwell inside?
Let the clouds become nostalgic
And the darkness dissipate
To reveal the face of Spring
Impart her warm embrace.
This isolation's fleeting
The time must surely come
When the soothing voice of Spring
Whispers “Welcome home”.
Are you thinking of a One Little Word for 2023? I have been. Last Saturday, I met Pamela Sue Johnson, a local mixed media artist at The Procrastinator's Market (on of my favorite event in December) It turns out she's offering an online class to create an art piece with your2023 word.
I've signed up. I also bought a journal with this art as it has my word, flourish, from 2021.
12/22/2022 08:07:08 pm
Jone, you did a fabulous job reading. You were beautiful and poised. Well done! I enjoyed Fernanda's lovely response to your dark and cloudy Scottish landscape, so hopeful.
12/23/2022 03:54:45 am
The photo illuminates that poem and the poem illuminates the photo. A match made in heaven. I love "winter's cold, thick, kiss." Bravo! And, it's really fun seeing you network and build the greater poetry community with your work and enthusiasm. You inspire, Jone.
Tabatha A Yeatts
12/23/2022 04:55:02 am
I ADORE that photo, Jone. I like that the clouds are nostalgic and have damp, dewy fingers. Is math sin! Nollaig Chridheil
12/23/2022 05:36:02 am
Jone, you are the very picture of "flourish!" I love how you invite experiences to enrich your life...beautiful and inspiring! And I am always looking for new ways to express my OLW. Thanks for the link! And now I am thinking about that little hut and what it's pondering...thank you Fernanda, too. xo
12/23/2022 06:48:04 am
"Flourish" is an apt word for your post, too, Jone. I loved seeing you read the poem & the response of that photo from you, lovely & lonely, but hope springs! "Let the clouds become nostalgic" HAPPY HOLIDAY TO YOU!
12/23/2022 07:01:27 am
You FLOURISHED, Jone! Thank you for sharing the link and Fernanda's poem. Those clouds! Yes, cascading! Enjoy your holidays!
12/23/2022 09:29:32 am
Beautiful photo and beautiful poem! I love the image of the storm clouds' "damp and dewy fingers." Yes, let the darkness dissipate--I look forward to spring all year round. Happy holidays!
12/23/2022 12:21:41 pm
Thanks for all of this poetry goodness! So fun that you are networking and collaborating with other Wong/Vardell poets, and your reading was fantastic!
12/23/2022 02:08:59 pm
I enjoyed your beautiful reading Jone, and many of the others too, such a rich collection to be a part of, Brava! And a great pairing here with your sky-moody image and you both referencing the mysterious hut, I liked that questioning stanza.
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April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
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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
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