January has been a delightful month. Yes, we’ve had snow (yea!), it’s been bitterly cold (not so yea), and the days are short on sunlight (boo!). But I’ve found the most wonderful surprises in my mailbox all month long. Thank you, to Jone Rush MacCulloch for organizing a postcard poetry swap to start off the new year right! And I get to host the roundup to round off the month. Be sure to leave your link with the link below.
First, these maps arrived (from Linda Mitchell) to invite me to explore through the new year. While Wikipedia gives a most useful definition, I think I’ll take the poet’s view!
A Map According to a Poet – Linda Mitchell
A map is a hand held journey–
beatific links between
star points of some galaxy
of thought, word or action.
Many poems are printed on
paper or, tapped
while others are heart held
by kiss, glance or
the shortest distance
A Map According to Wikipedia – Linda Mitchell
A map is a symbolic depiction
between elements of some space,
such as objects, regions, or themes.
Many maps are static,
fixed to paper or
some other durable medium,
while others are dynamic or
Then Mary Lee Hahn invites me to sit and reflect through this cold season:
bleak and cold
the pond is not frozen over–
not just yet.
Mary Lee Hahn
Then Linda Baie sent this beauty to remind me that sunsets eventually become sunrises:
circles on to antoher’s
And Diane Mayr invites me into the New Year with a traditional haiku (you can read about it here):
following the dog into
the new year
And never fear, I finally sent my postcards on their way this week:
First light streaks beyond
the world’s edge where trees stand guard.
A new day beckons.
On the back I also wrote my version of an Irish blessing — for writers.
A Writer’s Blessing
May the muse rise up to greet you,
May your pen be always in your hand,
My ideas rise up from your heart,
And words flow across your pages.
And until we read again
May we hold each other close in our writer band.
Each Friday, I am excited to take part in Poetry Friday, where writers share their love of all things poetry. I have the Poetry Friday Roundup today right here! Be sure to add your link below. Drop by and see what poetry morsels are offered this week.