The Poetry Postcard Xchange has been so much fun for me. Thank you, Jone, for coordinating it all! Throughout this month, I anticipated those small word surprises in my mailbox and each one was a delight. Besides the gift of poems, I got to meet Poetry Friday poets from across the country -well, I only exchanged five poems, but received poem postcards from Hawaii, Louisiana, Alabama, Colorado, and NY. They're a wonderful array of art, photography and creative handcrafted cards. I treasure them all!
Here is my fan of poems from Linda Bie, Irene Latham, Carol Varsalona, Joy Acey and Margaret Simon. Several poems expressed HOPE, which many feel the need for in this new year. Others encouraged me to be OPEN and to SAVOR life's moments. Each one fed my soul.
This newbie to the Xchange may not have followed the spirit of the exchange with my own poems, however. I chose five post cards from my collection and wrote poems using the image as inspiration. So most were not New Year wishes.
One did express hope, however, and I'm sharing that one today since I believe (hope) the recipient has received it. Hi, Linda Mitchell!
The former year has dropped away
like acorns and
Be still, listen
Strength will come and
This woodblock postcard by artist Holly Meade of Sedgwick, Maine inspired the poem.
Holly, a talented woodblock artist, author and children's book illustrator, lost a battle with breast cancer three years ago at age 56.
A collection of Holly's prints may be viewed at She- Bear Gallery.
Violet has the Round-up at Violet Nesdoly/poems. Thanks for hosting, Violet!