Leaf time

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The small book we picked up to read,

my husband and I, offers a poem

by Tony Hoagland. First I read the poem, which I think of as

the sunlight poem, out loud. And then my hubby

read it back to me.

It was a Thanksgiving Time night as we discovered

Tony Hoagland’s surprise idea, in this poem,

The Word.

It must have inhabited my soul. Because next day I

collected myself to leave a bag inside a

neighbor’s porch and I couldn’t move. I couldn’t move because

I saw anew everyday leaves on trees in our yard that were background for days. Now

they were in fact the autumn Sun come down to our little patch of Earth

We had read magic to each other from The Word, found in 

How to Love the World edited by James Crews and given to

me by a dear poetry pal, who I send leaves of sun to.

I found The Word online shared by a Maine Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum.

 I wish you poems that inhabit your soul & I wish you visits from Sun.

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READINGS – I didn’t wait for winter to start my season’s readings. Betwixt now and end of January I anticipate Alphabet of Angels/Nancy Willard words & images::::Father Christmas Letters/J.R.R.Tolkein:::: Marley’s Ghost/David Leviathan, illus Brian Selznick:::: Eight Knights of Hanukkah/ Leslie Kimmelman, illusGalia Bernstein:::: Miss Velma’s Compendium of Euphonious Carols [privately printed] Mole’s Christmas or Home Sweet Home/ Kenneth Grahame, illus Beverly Gooding/::::Robert’s Snowflakes, Artists’ Snowflakes for Cancer’s Cure/Grace Lin & Robert Mercer::::Shivering Babe, Victorious Lord, Nativity in Poetry and Art/Linda Ching Sledge::::Snowflake Sisters/J. Patrick Lewis & Lisa Desimini::::St. Nick and the Fir Tree/Nancy Adams. My list is usually longer but with joy I’ve gifted a few of my perennials, such as Among Angels by Nancy Willard & Jane Yolen.

****SCHEDULE – Outside every day= here infrequently.  I also post now & again on poetry

quite nearby over here. Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you can read

the poem I mention above & also dip into the collection it nests within.

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