Poetry Friday is HERE - Welcome, Community!

We all want to belong. To feel safe. To feel like we are a part of a community.

One of the Google definitions for community is:
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

I am constantly striving to feel like I am a part of a community. But the feeling of belonging has been hard to come by in my life. I am from a big family, the youngest of 10, but none of my sisters or brothers live near me. My parents sold our childhood home when I was 18 and I've been moving most of my adult life - 3 states and 10 different cities since my husband and I got married.

Then, a few years ago, I found a place where I felt a sense of  fellowship with others who share my passion for poetry. I found my peeps. I found the Poetry Friday community.

Poetry Friday makes me feel like I belong because when I visit all of your blogs, I find you are speaking my language: Poetry. You enrich my life as a poet and as a person. Every week I get to read poetry from poets like myself, and from the masters. I find out about amazing books, songs, resources - from all over the world! It takes time, yes, but building relationships takes time. I always feel like I am a part of something bigger than my lowly poetry contribution, which sometimes is wonky, but I always feel safe sharing it.

No matter what is going on in my life or the world, I know I have a place to go. Every. Single. Friday. Thank you.

I'll be doing the Round Up old school. Leave your link in the comments and I will add it to the "neighborhood" below tonight (Thursday early birds!) and throughout the day on Friday.

Penny Parker Klostermann is hosting Matt Forrest Esenwine and his daughter, Katherine share their talents on her A GREAT NEPHEW AND A GREAT AUNT series. 

Mary Lee Hahn is officially launching her Haiku a Day in December project. 
Sign up for the Poetry Friday Roundup Hosts for Jan-June 2017!

Kelly Fineman has an original ekphrastic cinquain entitled "Stone chicken"

Tara Smith has a poem about names, things, and more!

Linda Mitchell has an original poem that shares her desire for snow!

Kathryn Apel has a Non-Minute poem - a poem that didn't make it into the 'One Minute Till Bedtime' anthology.
She also has an interview with Kenn Nesbitt, talking about the process of selecting and arranging the poems for the anthology, with some other interesting snippets.

Becky Shillington is sharing a Christmas haiku! 

At Random Noodling Diane Mayr has an original poem "Clown School" and at Kurious Kitty she is is extending Antarctica Day with Judy Sierra's Antarctic Antics.

Karen Edmisten has a lovely poem by James Weldon Johnson.

Jama Rattagan is sharing "Eggs Satori!" by Karen Greenbaum-Maya. (She thinks "we all needed a little scrambled eggs zen to help calm and center us." I whole, heartily agree:)

Laura Purdie Salas shares her ekphrastic poem, "Feather Bones" that she did with the Poetry 7 or Poetry Princesses.
She is also sharing one of the poems she submitted for ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME that didn't make the cut. It's called, "Don't Stare."  

Carmela Martino is posting on behalf of her co-blogger, April Halprin Wayland, who is traveling. It features the latest Teaching Author interview with author and poet Jeannine Atkins and an Autographed Book Giveaway of her new verse novel, Finding Wonders--Three Girls Who Changed Science.

Robyn Hood Black is sharing details about the upcoming Earth Day weekend workshop/meeting I'm coordinating here in the Southeast Region for the Haiku Society of America. Is that the sea I hear calling?

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes shares the first two haiku she wrote to participate in Mary Lee's #haikuforhealing challenge. 

Jane Whittingham shares a poem from the Japanese Empress Shoken written in a traditional 31-syllable form.

Kiesha Shepard is sharing a poem about her hopes for winter returning to the ridge. 

BJ Lee is back with her poem, "Summertime Horses", one poem that didn't make it into the ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME anthology.

Linda Baie shares a terrific collection of beauty from Jone MacCulloch, her final summer swap.

Jone MacCulloch is inviting everyone to participate in a New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange and she has #haikuforhealing poems to share.

Julieanne Hartz shares a taste of what is going on in her classroom - good stuff! 

Carol Varsalona is joining Mary Lee Hahn in writing a #haikuforhealing by capturing the last line of Margaret Simon's haiku. 

Alan Wright share a poem that was sparked by his memories of Venice.

Tabatha Yeatts has a poem by Jan Richardson and an excerpt from Richard Wilbur's A Milkweed. 

Myra Garces-Bacsal shares the bilingual poetry book With the Sun In My Eyes (Con El Sol En Los Ojos) Written and Illustrated by: Jorge Luján and Morteza Zahedi and Translated by: Janet Glass 

Ruth is sharing Dana Gioia's "The Next Poem".

Brenda Harsham has the original poem "Winter Pale" for your reading pleasure.

Margaret Simon is taking Mary Lee's haiku-a-day challenge, tossing her words into the pile for #haikuforhealing.  

Irene Latham is celebrating THE BEST OF TODAY'S LITTLE DITTY, which as she notes "includes poems from quite a few in our PF community. Yay!"

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is celebrating something small and wonderful - mittens!  

Sara Lewis Holmes shares poems on the theme of "sanctuary, rest, or seeking peace" with her dear community of Poetry Sisters. 

Heidi Mordhorst is haikuing for healing as well. #haikuforhealing 

Sylvia Vardell shares poetry highlights from the recent NCTE conference.

Tanita Davis shares an ekphrastic with the Poetry Seven!

Violet Nesdoly is sharing her poetic journey through Advent with her friend Laurel. 

Little Willow shares Débâcle by D.H. Lawrence.

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley shares an original ekphrastic free verse written with the Poetry Sisters. 

Catherine Flynn shares an original haiku inspired by a hidden nest.

Tricia Stohr-Hunt shares her ekphrastic poem with her poetry sisters. 

Matt Forrest Ensenwine shares a poem that didn't make the cut for the ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME anthology. And he has a link to his father/daughter collaboration on Penny's blog.

Buffy Silverman has a haiku to share with us today - yay for all the haiku!

First time PF participant Julie Johnson has a haiku for #haikuforhealing. Welcome, Julie!

Liz Garton Scanlon has an ekphrastic to share with her poetry sisters, too! Check it out!