I’m sharing two beautiful poems I received last week from Tabatha Yeatts, for the Summer Poetry Sway. Tabatha shared with me May Sarton’s poem, The Work of Happiness. She then wrote Fellowship, an ekphrastic golden shovel using the painting I did above, and a line from The Work of Happiness. I’ve also included a response poem to Tabatha’s poem.
Here’s Tabatha’s poem, with her permission.
Sharing the sun and the
shadow and the scent in the air,
the wanderers rest. Is
the very light charged
with respite, with
peace, with blessing?
Painter, may we pause and
join them? What does
the Great Painter do every day, but bless?
© 2017 Tabatha Yeatts
Here is part of May Sarton’s poem, read the remainder of it at the Poetry Foundation.
THE WORK OF HAPPINESS
And its plumes shine, and its leaves are glittering.
TURN INWARD AND GROW BLESSINGS
The garden is the
answer with Great
possibilities. The Painter
ponders over what to do …
What holds her energy every
day, what centers her day?
She begins with a sketch, but
turns inward and continues with a bless-
ing for critters, and mankind, and help
for all humanity. Join us
together so we may find
peace and happiness, within the
world; within mountains, the valley, the field–
Unite our small world once again.
© 2017 Michelle Kogan
Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup; thanks Linda! Stop by Linda’s blog for more poems.