Happy Poetry Friday!
I’m very happy this week to share Joyce Ray’s treasure-filled Winter Poem Swap. In our poems and gifts to each other, ours thoughts both seemed to draw from historical spiritual, and social justice callings.
The little poem books, Joyce mentioned, where “lying around for the taking” at the Edinburgh Poetry Library–which sounds like a place I’d like to visit…
The Heartbeat of Takami, has quotes by Toshihiro Takami about reflections of ourselves, along with lovely watercolor art by Hisako Nojima. The beautiful dove ornament is called the “LI BIEN” Ornament, “Li Bien” in Chinese means “inside.” This ornament was painted by an artist via a small opening and painted on the inside with a miniature brush over two days. The happy little mouse–which you can bend into any position– comes from New Hampshire, I think she may prove to be a great little model…
and Joyce’s poem inside…
HAPPY IS THE MOMENT, calls out an answer to the present political turmoil I’ve been voicing in many of my poems, and specifically my poem, AMERICA EMERGE, which she included in this beautiful poetry book.
Happy is the moment
wrapped in a cloud of divine grace
rains pearl upon the desert
disguised as a dove
flies through the cracks in hearts
that would build walls
veiled by self-serving lies
floods over parched and thirsty minds
like rivers enriching their deltas
cloaked in liberty for all
pours out freedom
for LGBTQ persons and all of us to be who we are
woven into reformed justice systems
breaks the bonds of captives
deserving of second chances
knit into shawls of comfort
welcomes immigrants and asylum seekers
like monarchs bearing beauty across the desert
Joyce Ray © 2019 all rights reserved.
Joyce’s poem couldn’t have come at a more apropos time with the debate over the impeachment hearing in the U.S. taking place. I loved both the sting and joy she brought into her poem–I won’t pick out a favorite stanza for I liked them all and read these dual feelings that she’s woven into each stanza. I also like how the poem looks on the page and the rhythm of it without any punctuation. She closes with our/my dear monarchs. Thanks for this heartfelt lovely package Joy, and thanks also to Tabatha Yeatts for organizing the Winter Poem Swap!
Here are the haiku poems I’ve written this last week for Nature in December and that I’m tagging #natember:
sky-seas lapis lazuli
dusted december’s cold cuts through down into your bones
dear emily, through time and
snowflakes of love
starlight realigns antlers into magical possibilities…
being tree waiting through winter working for change!
© 2019 Michelle Kogan
Liz Steinglass at her blog Elizabeth Steinglass Poetry for Children and their Grownups is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Liz! She’s written a poem about her favorite word.
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.