A lemon haiku for today:
lemony moon rose
tonight's journey well crafted
across starry maze
by Donna JT Smith
I had a package from my Winter Exchange in the mail when I returned from PA! Michelle Kogan sent me a too-cute package which I meant to take a picture of before ripping it open. It was red tissue with straw raffia ribbon. I set it aside to take a picture at least with the wrapping, but before I could do that, my cat discovered it and ate half the straw. Then he threw it up on the basement stairs for me since it didn't settle well he said. So I didn't get a picture of the wrapping. It was gross by the time I got to it.
But the insides are still wonderful!
So I took two pictures...
Inside was a small handstitched journal with a beautiful picture by Michelle on the cover. I am going to have to decide carefully what it is that I want to write in it. I don't know that it feels enough like a "draft" book! I may have to save it and carry it around for "fancy lines" that come to me on the go, or "done deals" that I just want all in one place. Decisions!
Thank you, Michelle, for the beautiful journal!
And then there is the colorfully illustrated poem, An Ode for a Northeastern Wood Turtle:
My favorite lines:
"If you see me in the wild, take my pic,
draw my portrait, my vivid neck - quick!"
A great warning plea from the turtle...scram!
We have wood turtles around here, and I always feel bad for them as I see them crossing the road. Most people are pretty careful though and they are slow enough to avoid, so you hardly ever find one hit by a car! We have local handpainted signs up along the road warning people from away about the turtles. We even have a welcome turtle who greets visitors to our town. Many a picture has been taken beside the turtle, who also gets dressed up on occasion for weddings, birthdays and new babies in town!
Thanks, Michelle, for your thoughtful gift, and amazing ode that reminds us of the wood turtle's plight! Thanks to Tabatha Yeatts for creating and organizing this fun winter sport!
My winter exchange partner will be waiting for a package for just a tiny bit longer... so if you don't have anything yet, it could be me for whom you are waiting! It's coming! I haven't forgotten!
And on a side note:
I got a copy of the book of poems I wrote for my grandson this Christmas. It needed a few edits, which I did and reordered for him. He doesn't read my blog, so I'm safe saying it! I received the book I made for my grand daughter a couple of weeks ago. Both are books of poems which I hope they will enjoy over the years. I have made my "photo" book into "trade" versions and ebooks. The picture books are large, and relatively expensive, so the trade books are the way to go it appears. The kids got the "photo" books, since they were a special gift. You can take peek at the book "It's in Our Nature" here, and It's All About the Little Things here. I have to talk with Amazon Kindle and get the ebook for Kindle straightened out, but the iBook transferred just right for my iPad!
Please visit Lisa at Steps and Staircases for more links to poetry today and all week!