I decided to participate in two Summer Poetry Swaps this year, out of the five that Tabatha organized. When you sign up, Tabatha sends you the address of someone else who has signed up, and your only job is to send that person a poem.
For the first Poetry Swap, I received a poem from Jone Rush MacCulloch, who blogs at Deo Writer. Her creation was a combination of two of her passions: poetry and words. She took a photo and put it on a wooden plaque (the packaging inside the Priority Mail envelope had a Walgreen Photo logo, so I figured out that's where Jone took her photo to make this, and nobody's paying me to advertise them, but wow, this is a very very cool product and I will be trying it myself).
Here's Jone's poem:
The words say:
carved by sand, wind, rain
connects two worlds with stories
of the past
- jone rush macculloch
I love the words, and I love the colors, and I love the walls and the sky. Jone's note said that this photo comes from her trip to Secret Canyon, also known as Slot Canyon, in Page, Arizona. (Here's a post from a travel blog with some description and more photos.) My daughter is in the process of moving out west to the desert, and I don't think Jone knew that, but her beautiful photo helps me imagine a place I've never been. Soon I'll be connecting my daughter's new world with mine as we share our stories in our written and spoken conversations. They'll be stories of the past, but also the present. When I go home, Jone's poem will take pride of place on the bookcase in my room, along with photos of my children.
Thank you, Jone! And thank you, Tabatha! I love Poetry Swaps!
Buffy has today's roundup.
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