Thursday, January 8, 2015

Poetry Friday-Swap Appreciation

            Poetry Friday is hosted today by Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference. Come read and love the words shared!

             For Tabatha's winter poetry swap, some of us were paired, and some in a 'round robin' sort of way. This time, I sent to Keri Collins Lewis of KeriRecommends, and she sent a surprise to me. Keri and I don't know each other well, but occasionally read each other's posts. I know she's in love with haiku and that she lives on a farm in Mississippi, and keeps bees. It always sounds like an idyllic place to be, and I enjoyed imagining what it must be like, and also wondering what I could send her. Only a guess, perhaps a little serendipity, and a dash of magic could manufacture such wonderful gifts. There's a bar of honeycomb soap from Keri's own Prairie Blossom Bee Farm, and a beautiful ceramic heart with four little birds placed on, just so. I rather figured Keri loved nature, but she might not have known I do too. And I use only natural soap. What a treat it was to open her box and find these:
And it was even more wonderful to find this:



          Did I mention my favorite color is red? Keri's poem was a wonderful gift Thanks so much, Keri!

27 comments:

  1. Linda, how special this gift is! Keri's poem is such a different take from other poems on winter-an ornament? I am going to ask her if this can be her offering for the Winter Whisperings Gallery. I must have missed the Winter Swap but would be interested in other exchanges. Could you alert me to any further ones? Enjoy your winter days this weekend. I look forward to see how you celebrated this cold week in Colorado.

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    1. Yes, it's a perfect poem for your Winter Whisperings, Carol. Thank you. We don't have the weather as bad as you all in the east, seem to be just on the edge of the storm. Best wishes to you to keep warm and cozy!

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  2. Such a gorgeous poem - and with these delightful gifts tucked in! Posts like this make me once again grateful to be part of this poetrytribe...hearts faraway kindling each other. Thank you, Linda. (Did Keri make that heart?) Happy Poetry Friday! x, a.

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    1. Thanks Amy, I'm glad you agree that it's such a wonderful gift. No, Keri didn't make the heart, but warmed mine with those birds on it!

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  3. Oh, I love the poem and gifts. Perfectly suited for you! It is only my first winter poetry swap, but it was so much fun. I love hearing what others sent or did...kind of like getting another gift when I read all the wonderful poems.
    Red. Yes, winter shines with that sprinkling of red!

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  4. I agree -- what a gorgeous poem! And the gifts, so carefully chosen, fit together like puzzle pieces.

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  5. What a beautiful poem -- I also love to see red against winter's white landscape. And I love hearts!

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  6. Fabulous poem - red does look good on winter! I love that magical connection between people/poets. Lovely gifts given and received. Thanks for sharing, Linda! =)

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  7. Dear Linda,
    "Winter Ornament" by Keri Lewis is color bright.
    I luv how her words help me think of something more than ice, snow,gray branches, or white for the typical North winter season (penning this in Florida, here).
    It's a heartmelt share, all around.

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  8. Wow. What a blessing to receive such a perfect set of gifts, Linda. Gotta love Serendipity. Such a beautiful poem, Keri!

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  9. Oh, that poem becomes winter...! Just wonderful. While I couldn't swing the swap this winter, I was lucky enough to be paired with Keri last year. Loved receiving not only her poetry but some delights from their beekeeping enterprise, too! :0)

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  10. Oh, that's lovely, Linda - what a treat!

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  11. I'm happy everyone enjoyed Keri's beautiful words and gifts. They were a joy to receive! Poetry is the kindest gift.

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  12. I love Keri's gift to you wrapped in red for the winter season.

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  13. I always think of winter as dark and gloomy, but I love how the poem brings out winter's subtle coloring so well. What a wonderful gift.

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  14. I LOVE this poem! Red is my favorite color too, but it's not a color I usually associate with winter. This poem really does make me see the world in a whole new way! Thank you!

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  15. What a lovely, lovely gift. The poem, and its presentation, is great. And, pairing it with the red ornament was perfect.

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  16. What a wonderful gift! And yes, I would say red becomes you!

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  17. Linda,
    Thanks for sharing Keri's delightful poem. I love how she paired red with winter! Lovely!

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  18. Love Keri's poem (and love to see cardinals on winter white!) Thanks for sharing it.

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  19. Thanks again everyone. We do have holly berries here in Colorado, but sadly, no cardinals. I miss that bright splash of red, especially in the winter snow. Keri has captured much that is wonderful in her poem!

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  20. What a lovely poem! I've enjoyed watching "cardinal feathers blaze" against the snow for the past few days.Thank you for sharing your winter treasures with us.

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  21. In my experience there is always a lot of resonance in these poetry swaps--so much that it can feel supernatural, in the sense that we are all allowing our super-natural senses to get out there and feel each other! Winter, red DOES become you!

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  22. Everyone is so kind! Thank you for sharing this! I think of you every time I see the bird you sent me, and marvel at our singleness of mind. As you might have guess, the chocolate disappeared very quickly. ;-) xoxo

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  23. What a beautiful swap that you all shared during the Holiday season. And look at that sense of winter-red - the stark contrast and the beauty that breathes within, like a pulse. :) Red is my mother's favourite color too! :)

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  24. How lovely this is! Thanks for sharing it!

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