February Flurries

Greetings!

February continues to bless me with WINTER. I'm pretty much done with this season, I just wish it knew that. We've had BIG snow storms, leaving many confined to their homes. Is it spring yet?

 Photo compliments of Craig Weeks, photographer and operator.

Photo compliments of Craig Weeks, photographer and operator.

My manuscript is officially in the hands of my editor. Exciting! The cover design process is next. I value your feedback and suggestions. Considering the content is traditional Japanese poetry, what would catch your eye for the cover? Are you a designer? Have thoughts? Any, or all of the above, I'd love to hear from you. Use the contact tab at the top of my website to send suggestions. It would be so great to have you involved. 

And speaking of getting involved. Be brave! Submit one of your own poems to me via the contact tab, and I would love to showcase it for you.

Are you an unpublished poet? The Poetry Foundation is accepting submissions for the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Contestants must be 40 years of age or older by February 27, 2017. There is no fee to enter. Click on this link to see submission guidelines. Again, be brave!

This month many are thinking of their loved one with romantic thoughts. Poetry is such a enchanting way to say I love you. You still have time to order and receive one of my books to give as a gift. Please use the Find My Books tab at the top of my website. 

Another valuable place to find poems is on the Poetry Foundation website.

E.E. Cummings is one of my favorite poets. Here is a love poem by him -

"love is more thicker than forget" 

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

As you know my grand babies are a very big part of my life, so I always like to share a little about them when I can. 

Two of my granddaughters are down under in New Zealand for a few weeks visiting family. Here they are enjoying the heat and sunshine I wish I had.

 Maizy Pepper and Tiera Genesis

Maizy Pepper and Tiera Genesis

There is nothing better than seeing the love of books instilled in your grandchildren. Here are my other two granddaughters having quiet reading time.

 Adriannah Alyse and Harlow Rain

Adriannah Alyse and Harlow Rain

Harlow is getting so big! She's center of attraction wherever she goes.

I will leave you with a love poem from my collection.

Until next time, stay happy, healthy and true to yourself. 

Posted on February 7, 2017 .