It safe to say I have been on an unintentional mini-break since the beginning of June. Between a move downstairs and the state of our world, I didn’t get things written or shared.
The move was a happy accident. When our neighbor saw he was selling his condo in late April, we jumped on the opportunity- more light, better deck and did I mention ground level? Our sale and purchase closed in June. Someone said that moves closer to the old place are more difficult. I agree. So easy to procrastinate.
One of the best things in my world has been the surprises in my mailbox for the Summer Poetry Swap organized by Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference. (You must read the poem Tabatha is sharing about mixing metaphors. The best!
First arrival…from Linda Mitchell (who has a fabulous post today working with clunkers with her online poetry group).
Linda calls it a “Junk Journal” and it’s anything but that. She has repurposed a book with recycled book bits for prompts.
Plus Linda included a quote by my poetry mentor, Naomi Shihab Nye:
A good poem is love and care for elemental details. Chosen words and then simple arrangement on the page…a way of ending that leaves a lit spark in the reader’s mind.
Thank you, Linda, that quote is being place where I can see it each day.
My second swap was hand delivered to me by the new owner of our old place. In a condo complex, mail can get mixed up. Laura Shovan sent a much needed blessing that she wrote for her brother years ago.
The pen is an original polymer clay which feels divine when writing. I love the 3-D ness of it, there are little bumps. It’s a go-to for writing on these summer days.
Essentially during these lock down days, having treasures arrive in the mailbox helps with the self imposed isolation. What makes you happy in these wild and crazy upside down days?Laura