Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Bonus Swap

         Jone McCullough is our host today, inviting everyone over to share some good poetry.  Visit this Poetry Friday at  Check It Out where Jone is celebrating the beginning of the school year. Thanks, Jone!
        I received wonderful poems from the swap organized by Tabatha Yeatts this summer. Finding a new piece of mail that I knew was not an advertisement or a bill was an extra treat. One time recently, I received mail that was extra, a bonus, a wonderful blog-gem from Donna Smith. If you aren't sure what I'm referring to, look here and scroll down! Donna's created a new kind of poem, a personal connection for those fortunate enough to receive one. I am grateful that I know Donna through her lovely words, and for this 'extra' gift! If you'd like one more back-to-school poem, see Donna's post here!




         You can click on the image to enlarge, but I've also included it here to be sure you can read the poem.



Time found with
        Little barefoot grandchildren -

              thoughtful, wonderful,
              friends of ravens and books; 
        Interesting characters
              sharing important stories 
              and quite different ideas, 
              examining their world;
        Young independent creatures, 
              followers of fireworks,
              celebrating life pleasures 
              and unexpected adventures, 
              learning riddles and rules;
It’s a grand, untouched tapestry 
        with young portraits
        and older reflections 
               of time enjoyed,
               of love remembered.
        ©Donna JT Smith, July 31, 2014 

                Thank you Donna!


Have a satisfying Labor Day Weekend everyone!

24 comments:

  1. It's wonderful how a phrase can be taken out of context and be given a whole new lease on life. Love "Young independent creatures, /followers of fireworks." There's a lot right here to enjoy and remember!

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    1. I've enjoyed trying to remember where the lines come from, Michelle. Donna does wonderful work with these!

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  2. I love that last stanza - a rich tapestry, indeed.

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    1. Thanks Tara. This poem was a wonderful gift!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem Linda (and Donna!). I love the line that reads "Young independent creatures!"

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    1. You're welcome, Becky. I'm excited to share one more of Donna's Blog-Gems!

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  4. Wonderful blog gem! Like the idea of such a personalized poem. Very clever idea. :)

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    1. Thanks Jama, I think it's a great idea, too! And love that I have one for me!

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  5. Thanks for " hosting" my work today, Linda! I loved taking each individual word and using it combined with others in a new way that hopefully reflected your feelings and views. You won't find the phrases in your blog, but each and every word is there somewhere!

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    1. Some 'hit' me in my memory, I think! It's a pleasure to share & to have, Donna! Thank you!

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  6. You are a gem, Linda and so is this extraordinary poem. Thanks for sharing Donna's gift. = )

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    1. You're welcome, Bridget. I'm glad you like it. Thank you!

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  7. I was totally intrigued by Donna's process for these blog gems and was another lucky recipient. I love how she used the word tapestry to describe your life.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. It's great to see what others create, isn't it?

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  8. Lovely and personal, and speaking volumes of the giver and the recipient. You two deserve each other :)

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    1. Thanks, Violet. It's a pleasure to link up online with Donna, and so many others, like you!

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  9. Hello there Linda, these are the lines that caught me most of all:

    It’s a grand, untouched tapestry
    with young portraits
    and older reflections
    of time enjoyed,
    of love remembered.

    That is simply so beautiful. The blog-gem is ingenious.

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    1. Thanks Myra, I agree about the ingenuity! I've already read it often, enjoyed it each time!

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  10. Aren't her blog-gems an amazing gift of the heart? -- and yours is even shaped like one--SO perfect for you, oh One With A Big Heart!

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    1. Thank you Mary Lee. It's a wonderful gift in every way.

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  11. I like, "friends of ravens and books." :)

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    1. Thanks Karen-happy you read Donna's poem!

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  12. Hi, Linda. Donna's blog-gem project is amazing -- part art and part found-poem. I love how her poem for you opens with the barefoot grandchildren.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I agree with amazing, & it's a treasure to me!

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