Thursday, December 1, 2016

Poetry Friday - Surprise Mail



        Thanks to Bridget Magee at Wee Words for Wee Ones for hosting this first December Poetry Friday.  The only snow I've seen lately is that on my PF tag. Wishing!
         An FYI to all you poets with poems in One Minute Till Bedtime. My granddaughter just chose it to purchase at her school's book fair to give to her class! We've enjoyed reading it together, she spotted it (the book fair is at a bookstore), and that was the choice!
          I also want to say how much I am enjoying reading the fabulous poetry books that I'm reading for Round One of the Cybil's Poetry awards. We are fortunate to have such treasures available to us this year. Over and over again I say "Wow!"

         Today I'm sharing my last summer swap. It was a lovely surprise from Jone MacCulloch who blogs as a librarian and writer at Check It Out, and with a focus on photography at  Deo Writer. This package was a wonderful one that appeared in my mailbox to help me celebrate our beautiful autumn! It held a bounty of poetry and pictures!


           First, there is Jone's lovely book of poetry, haiga written to accompany her own gorgeous photographs.Among those pages sits a favorite flower of mine, the bleeding heart, and Jone's words that accompany it.



 Then a beautiful "fall" picture, also by Jone, in her own created notecard.



           Finally, the poem, and still one more photo. This time you'll discover what it is through the poem.




Queen Anne's Lace
today a seedpod
waiting for
dispersal
by a northwest August wind
a dream spark in each
     ~ Jone Rush MacCulloch, 2016         

          Catherine Flynn at Reading To The Core shared earlier in the week something that I copied to keep, and it connects well to Jone's gift to me: "In the Prologue of The Search for Delicious, Natalie Babbitt refers to “those commonplace marvels which [the world] spreads so carelessly before us every day."  I'm grateful for Jone's gift, a true nod to Natalie Babbitt's words of "commonplace marvels." Thanks very much, Jone!
          Since I wrote this, I discovered that this quote has been turned into a hashtag #commonplacemarvels, to accompany Mary Lee Hahn's December haiku invitation: "haikuforhealing".  See both their posts for more!

23 comments:

  1. What lovely poems and photos! And thanks for the Babbitt quote. It is so true that marvels abound if we only have eyes to see them. May you have a marvelous day, Linda & Jone!

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    1. Thanks, Jane. That Babbitt quote is marvelous, I agree!

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  2. Jone is so creative! I like her "dream sparks."

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  3. Just lovely, Linda - I love those bleeding heart pantaloons...such fun!

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  4. What a treat to see Jone's lovely photos and poems. I love Babbitt's quote too -- a nice reminder to slow down and observe with care and attention.

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  5. I really love the idea of sharing #commonplacemarvels - there's so much negativity in the world, and it's all to easy to become disillusioned, and that's when you need to slow down and take note of all the every day miracles and commonplace marvels that make our world such an inspiring place, worth fighting for.

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  6. Oh, what a treasure trove of goodness from Jone! Lucky you! Her bleeding heart poem and photo is fabulous - "pink pantaloons sway in the breeze". Love it. Thanks for sharing your goodness and always being a ray of sunshine, Linda. =)

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  7. Lovely. My favorite "a dream spark in each"

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  8. A beautiful gift and sentiment. I love the image of those pink pantaloons.

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  9. I have Jone's beautiful book, too. I need to add the commonplace marvels hashtag to my post.

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  10. Wow, Jones' pics are beautiful as are her poems. I loved Catherine's quote too - "commonplace marvels" is a beautiful phrase to add to the haiku for healing.

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  11. Lucky you to get Jone's beautiful photos and poems. I especially love "pink pantaloons sway in the breeze."

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  12. Jone's artistry in words and photographs is outstanding. The Queen Anne's Lace poem..."a dream spark in each"... sigh. Thank you also for letting us OMTB writers know about your granddaughter's pick for her classroom. I can't tell you how happy that makes me!

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  13. Jone has a talented eye for photography and ear for words!

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  14. The Search for Delicious is one I always suggest for children's book discussion groups. It has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I was sorry to hear of Babbitt's passing.

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  15. Thanks everyone. I was busy much of the later part of yesterday helping to clean the bookstore after it being messed up with lots of painting. I'm glad you loved Jone's gift(s), as I wrote, a wonderful surprise. I was glad to be reminded of Babbitt's words, Diane. I can't wait to introduce her books to the grand-girls!

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  16. What wonderful photos to accompany the beautiful bits of poetry. Thank you for sharing, Linda!

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  17. Oh, I love Jone's line "a dream spark in each." Thank you for sharing it with us, and for helping to spread #commonplacemarvels!

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  18. What a delightful swap-swag post. I love the pantaloons and the dream sparks. It's such fun to read what comes. Jone's book looks awesome.

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  19. Yes, I agree - a dream spark is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Linda, I look forward to visiting you each week...what a wonderful gift to receive from Jone! You know that Queen Anne's lace just got to me with it's beauty. I love it. Thank you for this place to visit and the work you do for the Cybils. It's important and beautiful.

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  21. Thanks for sharing Jone's lovely work, Linda!

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  22. I so love the pink pantaloons, dearest Linda. :)

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