Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
It’s been a rough week. My husband’s father broke his hip a few weeks ago, and things have crashed downhill from there. Six of the eight siblings have gathered to show love and support and try to figure out next steps. Two parents who both will need constant medical care + eight adult children (but only two who live locally) + unclear diagnoses and prognoses = 1 ton of grief, anxiety, and uncertainty. Randy flew down to Atlanta Sunday morning after getting a “come now” phone call, and we’re now in a surreal state of having no idea what’s coming next. Good thoughts for his parents and family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you <3
[Updated Thursday, 11/18/21, to say that my father-in-law passed away in his sleep last night. I’m sad at his passing, and incredibly thankful to have won the lottery of in-laws. I’m also so grateful that he was surrounded by most of his children and grandchildren showering him with love (and being a final audience for all his funny stories) in his last week on earth. I’m also grateful that he was such a loving and wonderful example to his kids of being a great husband and father. I’m lucky for the lessons of generosity and humor that my husband Randy learned from his dad.]
I shared a gratitude poem for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, and it’s my Poetry Friday poem for this week, too. Is that cheating? Maybe, but it’s all I can manage at the moment. You can read my poem “Finally” here.
Also, my spring 2022 rhyming picture book, We Belong, is available in digital review copies on Netgalley, if you’re a member there. You can learn more about it on the Lerner site, here. And if there are any Poetry Friday bloggers who think it looks intriguing and who might want to blog about it, I also have just a few f&gs. Please contact me through my website by clicking the peach envelope icon at the top of the screen if you’re interested. Let me know who you are and what your snail mail address is. I’ll send out f&gs as soon as possible until I run out. Or let me know if there’s someone else you think I should send an f&g to. Thanks, friends.
For a harvest of amazing poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet-educator Carol Varsalona, who’s unveiling her latest communal gallery, Bedecked in Autumn. It’s sure to be stunning.