Thursday, July 2, 2015

Poetry Friday Roundup is Here

Posting early to let people start their Friday early....and to make sure there are no problems with the postings!
Welcome to Poetry Friday Mainia! It is a fun-filled five days in our area with Bath's Heritage Days in full swing!  I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July on Saturday.
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Hope you enjoy reading lots of poetry to get your holiday started. 

Below, is an old iron doorstop that my parents had for many years.  It's now at my home.  I don't really need any doors held open, but he enjoys a nice spot on the floor near a door in the livingroom.
After my Tuesday post about the Coincidental Seagull, I picked up my cast iron fisherman and set him on the kitchen countertop.  I looked at the magnetic words on the side of the refrigerator and assembled this poem.  It just seemed to fit him. 
Then I took down some rocks I have on the kitchen windowsill to add to the rocky coast as a scene for his photo.  These are rocks I collected on a trip to Newfoundland my siblings and mother took to do genealogy on my father's family.
The whole setting reminded me of my grandfather who came down to the States from his fishing village of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, as a young married man with a little baby girl.  My uncle and father were born here a few years later. 


Come listen, child;
the morning wind breathes 
and leaves
a cloud
of fish.

46 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love that cloud of fish. I can imagine it in the sky, in the sea.

    I'm starting a new series at Author Amok: World Poetry. Each week, I'll be featuring poets from around the world, especially those I met at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change World Conference in Italy last month. Today's feature is poet Menka Shivdasani. She has been part of a poetry initiative with children in Mumbai. Menka will tell us about her event, and we'll read a student poem entitled, "Rome."

    Thanks for hosting, Donna! http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2015/07/world-poetry-india.html

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    1. Wow! That sounds fantastic! I'll be stopping in later to check it out.

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  2. Thanks for hosting, Donna! You are so clever to give your fisherman his own poem. I'm sure he was delighted. The cloud of fish is unexpected and just right. (As long as it doesn't rain on me!) Our chickens have laid their first eggs, so there is a lot of celebrating going on here and on Keri Recommends. Hugs to you!

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    1. I should say the link goes live in the wee hours!

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    2. Fresh eggs! That's going to be a treat! Congratulations on the first eggs.

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    3. Just letting you know that your link hasn't gone live yet, Keri. Did you leave it in "Draft" mode? I do that sometimes!

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    4. You are all set! It works now.

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  3. I too love the "cloud of fish." Coincidentally, on Tuesday night, as we were leaving work, my co-workers and I discussed the clouds and how it was a "mackerel sky."

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    1. And I apologize for forgetting my blog name. Link #2 should read, Random Noodling: "Proverbial Wisdom" an original poem.

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    2. Got it fixed!
      Mackerel skies are so pretty! I have a picture of a mackerel sky I took a couple of years ago somewhere in my files. I'll have to go look for it.

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  4. Love that poem, Donna– I smell the ocean! The refrigerator magnet folks really should hire you to show how it's done. Thanks to you and your fisherman friend for hosting today.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. There's something about working with a limited number of words that is a challenge to me. Trying not to make it sound stilted is the hardest!

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  5. Love your magnet poem, Donna! Aw the ocean wind... Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks, Bridget! Loved your rain poem!

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  6. Oh wow, Donna. I love your magnet poem and the way you made it into a work of art with your doorstop.

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    1. Thanks, Sally! I'll be dropping by your post a bit later.

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  7. Yes, wow - I love how you've given that fisherman, with so much character, even more with his own voice! And magnetic poetry, no less. :0) Thanks for the poem (I'm with the crowd loving your "cloud of fish" - such a strong image!), and many thanks for hosting today. :0)

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    1. Hi, Robyn...he certainly looks like a character!

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  8. What a wonderful memory captured with your doorstop and your magnet words. "a cloud of fish" is fabulous, Donna. Thank you for hosting today. I'm sharing a well-known anthology by Lee Bennet Hopkins because it's Independence Day, and time again to celebrate our freedoms, especially recently.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Have a great day tomorrow! Loved your post.

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  9. I love how you used the magnets to show and share your poem We just got some for our house and I need to create some poetry with them. Thanks for hosting this week.

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    1. Oh, you really do need to use those magnets. They are a good break from the regular writing - just a different dimension - literally!

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  10. I love magnetic poetry, Donna, but I especially enjoyed hearing the backstory of a rich family history. Antique pieces grace my house also so you inspired me to decorate my house for the holiday. I will pull out my antique picnic basket with some vintage clothing and flags to make a memorable sight for guests. Thank you for hosting today's Poetry Friday and be a constant supporter of my reflective galleries of artistic expressions.

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    1. That will be fun pulling out some memorabilia to decorate. Great conversation starters and memory starters!

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  11. I absolutely love your poem. It makes perfect sense to me. I wrote about Maine too (fancy that!). It's so cool how you used that old fisherman and magnetic letters, like old and new together.

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    1. Thanks! Maine has plenty of things to write about! Some day - you, me, coffee!

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  12. I used to have word magnets set up on the fridge when the kids were little - they used them to write the most wonderful poems! Thank you for hosting Poetry Friday, Donna. Maybe your fisherman will inspire me to find that word-magnet set and put it up again!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July - with a side dish of strawberry shortcake!

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    1. I just keep them up all the time. You never know when the mood will strike! Go get 'em!

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  13. A cloud of fish! Wonderful. Does he have a name?? Thank you for hosting and for sharing your poem. xo

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    1. He does not have a name. Now you have me thinking. I know once we had a delightful smiling partially toothless man in an old oil painting in our livingroom that we called 'Fred'. But this guy - I don't think we ever named. Hmmm. He should have a name.

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  14. What a fun, creative poem, and what a great inspiration piece! Thanks for hosting!

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  15. Love the doorstop and your lovely poem. Thanks for hosting!

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  16. I love the cloud of fish with your fisherman, but I especially love the family story about his origins. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Karen! Have a great Fourth of July!

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  17. This is a fabulous poem and picture! I love that cloud of fish... Thank you so much for hosting today.

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    1. Thanks, Amy; glad you like it! Ill be around your blog shortly....probably in the morning now...

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  18. Your fisherman reminds me of a wooden carving my mother-in-law used to have on her mantle, and like others, I love that "cloud of fish." I have a somber post today, remembering the Battle of Gettysburg, which ended 152 years ago today. Thanks so much for hosting, Donna!

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    1. Yes, I've seen the wooden carvings also. Just reminded me that my daughter gave me a wooden captain carving that I've stored away. Maybe he needs to come out and meet the fisherman sometime.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Will be around shortly to read your post!

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  20. Love the way an object inspired this poem and the picture you shared. For some reason the line "the morning wind breathes" stays with me.

    Thanks for hosting.
    Cathy

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    1. Glad this one had a part that "stayed with you"! That's great!
      Have a fun Fourth of July.

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  21. I love your fisherman montage. Nice.

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    1. Thanks, Doraine. Glad you like it. Hope your Fourth has been fun!

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