“All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden.” ~ Terri Guillemets
WELCOME TO POETRY FRIDAY AT ALPHABET SOUP!
Please help yourself to a cup of tea and a cookie or two or three.
We have a very special treat today. Knowing how much you love her work, I asked Barbara Crooker if she’d share a poem especially appropriate for the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, it’s good to remember that no matter what our personal challenges may be, we’re all part of the same human family and nothing matters more than fostering Peace, Joy and Love whenever and wherever we can. Enjoy her poem and all the other poems being shared in our friendly circle this week, and may a good measure of Hope always light your way.
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♥ BARBARA CROOKER ♥
I can’t exactly explain the connection, but somehow, I equate the amaryllis with hope. I’d sent one to a friend with breast cancer as a “no special reason” gift, and she reported to me how hopeful it made her feel, something green like that in the middle of winter. She died, and I bought one (the bulb, in a kit), for myself the following Christmas, and it became hopeful for me as well, the green blade rising (that references a hymn) when everything outside was dead, cold, white . . . I’ve given a number of these as gifts for these sorts of reasons, and everyone seems to have a similar response.
“White Amaryllis” by Kay Smith
The amaryllis bulb, dumb as dirt,
inert, how can anything spring
from this clod, this stone,
the pit of some subtropical,
atypical, likely inedible fruit?
But it does: out of the dark
earth, two shoots, green
flames in December,
despite the short days,
the Long Night Moon
flooding the hard ground.
Nothing outside grows;
even small rodents
are burrowed in
the silent nights.
Then, one morning—
a single stalk,
then a bud
that swells, bells
full sail, full-bellied,
the skin grows thin,
tighter, until it splits:
heralds the night
will not be endless,
that dawn will blossom,
pearly and radiant,
and two white
trumpets unfold, sing
their sweet song,
their Hallelujah chorus,
sing carols in the thin cold air,
and our mouths say O and O and O.
~ first published in Confluence, Copyright © 2001, Barbara Crooker. All rights reserved.
“Still Life with Amaryllis, Evening” by James Aponovich (2012)/Clark Gallery
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Now, please leave your poetry links with Mr. Linky, and don’t forget to add the title of your poem or book in parentheses after your name. I will update this post with your info throughout the day.
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TODAY’S POETRY FRIDAY MENU
1. Iza Trapani (Pet Names)
2. Jeff @ NC Teacher Stuff (Waterloo Sunset)
3. Laura Purdie Salas (Cherries in the Sun)
4. Laura Purdie Salas (15 Words or Less)
5. Diane Mayr (Spark)
6. Kurious Kitty (A Robert Frost Christmas Card)
7. KK’s Kwotes (Robert Frost)
8. Matt Forrest Esenwine (Not So Easy)
9. Steve Petersen (This Happens)
10. Linda Baie (Robert Louis Stevenson)
11. Robyn Hood Black (A Christmas Carol’s 170th Birthday)
12. Violet Nesdoly (Ben’s Quilt)
13. Charles Ghigna (The Snooze Cruise, Picking Out a Christmas Tree)
14. Vikram Madan (An original poem inspired by Renee LaTulippe’s ‘Bitter Snits’)
15. April Halprin Wayland/Teaching Authors (Winter Solstice: Girl Talking to the Sun)
16. Matt Goodfellow (Jean Genies)
17. Matt Goodfellow (ADVENTure)
18. Matt Goodfellow (Miss Bouquet’s End of Year Class Comments)
19. Greg Pincus (Visit from Ken Nesbitt)
20. Laura Shovan (new postcard poem, The Mosquito)
21. Poem Farm (Look Up)
22. Tabatha (Walt Whitman)
23. Myra @ Gathering Books (Self Knowledge by Kahlil Gibran)
24. Janet (Bright Field)
25. Mary Lee (Ending ‘Self Esteem Week’)
25. Tara @ A Teaching Life (Visiting The Poem Farm: Indian Summer)
26. Donna (Deck the Hulls)
27. Liz Steinglass (Spark 18: Red Dress)
28. Heidi Mordhorst (Spark 18: We Be)
29. Margaret (Classroom poems inspired by Dickinson’s ‘There’s a Certain Slant of Light’)
30. Shelf-employed (original STEM haiku)
31. Doraine Bennett (The Snowflake)
32. Bridget Magee (Off to the Library)
33. Jone (Draw by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater)
34. Little Willow (Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver)
35. Sylvia Vardell/Poetry Friday Anthology (Christmas Is by George Ella Lyon)
36. Sylvia Vardell/Poetry for Children (Bib of Christmas Poetry)
37. Jeannine Atkins (National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry)
38. JoAnn Early Macken (Meteor Shower)
39. Janet Squires (The World’s Greatest Poems by J. Patrick Lewis)
40. Lorie Ann Grover (Directed)
41. Joy Acey (Christmas Star)
42. Ruth (This Peace)
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♥ For more about Barbara Crooker’s work, please visit her Official Website.
♥ Other Barbara poems at Alphabet Soup:
This will be my last Poetry Friday post for 2012. Thanks for joining us today and for visiting this past year. I appreciate all your poetry love and look forward to sharing more tasty poems in 2013. Have a joyful, supremely delicious holiday!!
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