Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
My father-in-law passed away last month, and he had a good passing. He was surrounded by family and love in the days before he died in his sleep. I’m sad for the loss of him but also reminded how every loss inspires us to live fully, to make this most of our short time on earth. I thought I’d post this poem I wrote years ago, in honor of Edmund Salas.
Apparently, I think about this a lot. I just made the connection that my forthcoming picture book We Belong has this after a spread about being happy or being sad:
Sometimes we’d like to make sadness extinct,
but teardrops and smiles are joined–
they are linked.
Each feeling’s a gift
that helps us connect
to the world,
to our family,
to the friends we collect.
— © Laura Purdie Salas, from We Belong (Lerner/Carolrhoda, 2022)
Well, for loads of wonderful poetry (probably more upbeat than my own poem!), don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Michelle Kogan, whose artwork is always inspiring.