It’s Poetry Friday. Thank you, Mary Lee Hahn, for hosting us today. Enjoy Mary Lee’s poem entitled: “That’s What You Wrote About the Green Beans.” It’s been awhile since I’ve been here, so it is good to be here with you all.
I was excited to participate in the summer poetry swap for the first time ever. I was paired up with Tabatha Yeatts. What a joyful experience!
Tabatha went to my blog and found inspiration from a poem I wrote titled: “What I Learned from the Birds and You.” She used my title for a golden shovel poem.
YEAR TWO OF FEEDING THE CROWS
“You shouldn’t make friends with crows,” he’d told her…“They don’t have any manners.” ~Leigh Bardugo
The crows surprise me with what they know and what they don’t know. What
they don’t know: what it means when I hiss at them to be quiet. Stop it, I
say, as one rushes another, dagger-beaked and screaming. I learned
that they disgorge pellets –food less digestible than my oatcakes– from
watching one produce such a gift. Later, a second crow, spotting the offering, cast another. The
crows who aren’t brawlers strive to follow etiquette. It is these silent, solitary birds,
these sleek shadows willing to wait to be noticed, who stop me from putting the oatcakes away and
spur me to leave the curtains open. We can persist, trying to fathom each other– me and you.
Do you believe it? She has befriended the crows, and though it seems true most of them lack manners, Tabatha feeds them anyway. I believe it is a good metaphor for loving the unlovable. I have crows in my town too, and I do look at them differently this week, striving to learn from them.
Thank you, Tabatha, for the wonderful gift. It was so fun to get it in snail mail and open it to see your beautiful poem, written for me, as well as the lovely postcards and stickers! My water bottle is enjoying the new decor!
Here’s the poem I wrote for Tabatha. You can click on each link to read ten of her poetry treasures!
Ten Things Found in Tabatha’s Poems
- The mystery of magic beans
- Poet-tees and poet-trees
- Payne confirms what makes a star
- A sweet barefoot-and-bees memoir
- Imaginary Billy
- The importance of art, really
- Emma, Foo Foo, Cleo and Peep
- Exhortation to a bee
- The fortitude of eyelashes
- Catalog of a mermaid’s caches
Tabatha, the poet’s friend,
Shares gifts, so our hearts can mend