Now under consideration elsewhere. I hope to re-post this poem once it has been published. I am very grateful for all of the wonderful comments below. Thank you!
Sincerely, and blessings to all, Andy
October 1, 2012
Andrew Shattuck McBride
“Flight” is my August 29th poem for the 2012 postcard poetry project. I used an antique card view of the “International Peace Arch” on the United States-Canada border near Blaine, Washington.
I mailed the card to Tomas of Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland–and must admit did so with some trepidation. After all, Ireland is a land of poets.
Blessings to Tomas, the people of Ireland, and all. Sincerely, Andy
Nice, Andy! I’m sure Tomas of Bardland will appreciate it, too.
And how cool that you met a jay/heron-person!
Thank you so much for your comments.
Well, I hope he does. She seemed surprisingly indifferent–funny pre-tattoo attitude! Anyway, this is my *new favorite* of my postcard poems.
I’ve retooled this into a haibun. Interested?
Best wishes, Andy
LOL I’ll email.
I’m interested in hearing if it translates *OK-well* into the haibun form.
Thank you Jennifer, you’re *AWESOME*.
this is lovely. i like how you lead us through this one to see what you see. i feel the longing.
Tsena, thank you–this is one of my favorites of my August postcard poems.
Best wishes always, Andy
P.S. Press on with YOUR writing!
“Flight” was one of three poems I read tonight (September 24, 2012) at the Village Books’ open mic. After I sat down, a woman I did not know handed me a wonderful note reading “Your poem about taking flight… Lovely. :)”!
She and her companion left the open mic (still in progress). I followed her to where she was standing, near the cashier. I thanked her, asked her name (her name is Jennifer–one of my favorite names), and asked her if she would like a copy. She replied “yes,” so I handed her what I happened to have–a handwritten copy of “Flight.” (my printer is down.)
This blessed person asked me if I had a book out. Not yet, I replied.
This is why I go to open mics: to read my material, to receive feedback and, hopefully, validation and to release my poems and other work into the world.
Blessings to Jennifer, her companion, and all. Andy