Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Winter Solstice
I have a menagerie of treasures to share today. I’ve been star gazing for about the last week, late at night and have taken in an abundance of stars via my window. I’m starting with a winter solstice poem to welcome this new season…
Deep into the dark nights of December
lies our longest night and our shortest day,
a doldrum day too short to remember
but night worthy of star gazing away.
As weather forecasts may lead one awry,
you might start star-watching earlier on.
Gaze up into that cool cobalt blue sky
some clear wintery night you come upon.
Magical stars will leave you mesmerized–
Capture your embrace in a timeless gaze–
Fueling your senses, leaving you surprised,
totally transfixed, in a star struck haze.
When you’ve stair-stepped down from the boundless sky,
Soul-filled with celestial satisfies…
remember your winter solstice ally,
guard Mother Nature’s treasures for all eyes.
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
Next I’m sharing Matt Forrest Esenwine’s wonderful book, FLASHLIGHT NIGHT, that I won from his website recently. His book’s about a magical adventure three children take in the evening via a “flashlight.” The story Matt wove and the art images by Fred Koehler are a perfect marriage in this picture book. If you haven’t read it I would encourage you to find a copy–it sweeps you up and draws you in throughout their journey–resting you quietly down as the children drift off to sleep.
One of the many sites the three children discover… I really like the contrast and play of light that Fred created when the flashlight illuminates an area.
I love the words here, as they beg us to turn the page and find out where
the door will lead us…
Thanks Matt for writing this mysterious and enchanting “FLASHLIGHT NIGHT” adventure!
I’m also sharing my lovely winter poetry swap poem and gifts that I received from Buffy Silverman. In addition to the poem and gorgeous image, Buffy also sent me this Karner Blue Butterfly which her daughter knitted, and that she found on my website. The Karner Blue in addition to be gorgeous is unfortunately endangered, and for this reason I like to share it so more will become aware of its plight. Thanks for the poem and gifts, Buffy! Sending a Thank you also to Tabatha Yeatts who began and organizes this special holiday poetry swap!
PLEIN AIR POET
Her eyes hone in
feather, burrow, dew
Her pen considers
speckled, cozy, cool
Her brushstroke brims
yellow, umber, blue
Her canvas swirls
poem, painting, jewel
© Buffy Silverman, 2018
Serendipitously, Buffy Silverman is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her Blog, Buffy’s Blog–thanks for hosting Buffy, I’m looking forward to viewing what you are sharing.