I bought a pint of fresh blueberries from a local farm stand and have practically eaten the whole thing myself. Small blue darlings. I saw two of the fox kits near the shed the other day--but I can't tell if they're all back or what since I haven't seen anything of them since then. Big green grasshoppers have been exploring the windows of my house and the sides of my garage and a green dragonfly buzzes the backyard.
I'm so pleased and happy that the wonderful editor Kathleen Kirk over at Escape Into Life has nominated one of my poems, "The Wife's Mid-Life Crisis While Dusting the Bathroom Cabinet," for the 2013 Best of the Net Awards! You can read that poem here as well as the other fabulous poets that Kathleen nominated as well--I am in terrific company! Thank you Kathleen for all you do!
Also, in other poetry news, this year I decided to enter some poems into poetry contests. Normally, I shy away from those things for various reasons, including, mostly, monetary. But this year, I chose three contests with journals that I really admire. (The entrance fee included subscriptions, so I can get on board with that, I reasoned to myself.) One contest I haven't heard back from yet, and one contest was an absolute no, but one journal accepted a poem! So although I didn't win the contest, they did say that I came very close at the end and that Aimee Nezhukumatathil, who I just love love love, admired my poem!!! Well, that was pretty nifty in my book and worth the expense.
I'm hoping to make it to the farmer's market this Friday--I really need some vine-ripened tomatoes. We have a few plants, but the chipmunks are biting into them and then just dropping them on the ground to rot. Annoying! But until then, I'm enjoying this. I hope you do, too.
Cherry Tomatoes by Moonlight
Skintight virgins in a rush
their red on red sashay
through vines, so plush
their seeds and flesh
all bite-size blush
your very own stash
ripening in the raw, oh lush
that you are for a good flourish
of bursting and crush.
Issue 10 - Winter 2013