by Jan Godown Annino
(first- a deertale – follow the blue words for POETRY FRIDAY.)
My heart is wrapped in appreciations.
& I want to share a few of them.
I have seen the eyes-wide
open photographs of Ian, a bursting-new babe in my
Circle of Love world.
I wake up every morning & am fortunate to see
the smiling face of my handsome husband.
And, this is indulgent, forgive me, but I see
good news for my work.
So I am thinking – THANKU
As you may guess from the inventive name,
a Thanku is a form of Haiku.
So, a 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables construct is the guide.
An appreciation is given. Like that – a ThankU.
So if you have time to read now, or later, I’m sharing
three. All c. Jan Godown Annino. And ThankU, for visiting
Stretchy legs feel air
Wide eyes seek out shapes of love
Toes say “nibble me”
Morning wake-up call
Wrinkled faces meet at lips
Doesn’t feel routine
ThankU, Book notes
is the finest kind
Regarding the last ThankU, recent developments
related to a book of mine published back in 2010
are quite fine.
BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER, first news
In 2016 the trail-blazing BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER (1923-2001),
the subject of SHE SANG PROMISE, will be celebrated alongside other
great women of achievement. The National Women’s History Project will honor Betty Mae Tiger Jumper’s historic leadership of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
BETTY MAE TIGER JUMPER, 2nd news
This fall, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was honored by the Library of
Congress when that same title was featured at the LOC
National Book Festival, as one of 52 Great Reads for Young Readers.
(see poster, below)
Also, Scholastic has brought out SHE SANG PROMISE in a lovely paperbound edition. It’s on sale at a nifty price right now at the Scholastic Teacher Store.
Some of the opening lines in SHE SANG PROMISE are –
Think of the gigantic glades near the end of land
A mama alligator floats babies on her back
And itchy black bear takes a palm tree scratch
Leaving soft fur tufts that swamp mice fetch
© Jan Godown Annino
My November cornucopia is ripe, sweet, spilling.
I am thankful to all helping along this book’s path, especially
the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum & Store (where She Sang Promise is sold online),
the family of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, notably Moses Jumper, Jr. the artist
Lisa Desimini, the editors, especially Jennifer Emmett.