After another lengthy and exhausting conversation with a non-poetry lover about what I have been doing with my time lately; after many such discussions with the same person on this subject over time; after his misunderstanding again, again.
After receiving my copy of Animal Tales 2021, “an anthology of respectful poetry dedicated to the two and four-legged, furred and flying creatures, wild and domestic, that we all love,” an anthology edited by Spirt Thom of Austin, Texas and published by Tablerock Festival of Salado, Inc., Salado, Texas, an anthology whose profits are intended to support some worthy cause or another like caring for the local feral cat population or restoring a beloved local park fountain, has this year, according to the editor, only suffered “losses.”
There is an unseen presence we honor that gives the gifts...I can't stop pointing to the beauty..." ~Rumi pen for pennies ah! the losses of poetic aspiration never outweigh the gains yet many question why have you done this why pen for pennies when silver & gold can be found ~ what is gold but metal shiny cold for which souls are sold why dig for value underground when all around these words hurling~ this beauty
Many fine Texas poets are represented in Animal Tales including Don Mathis, Nancy Fierstien, Sandi Horton, Chris Billings, and me, alongside many poets from many states across the US and elsewhere! Here is my poem, washing my breakfast cup, with original music reprinted here with permission and originally published as the last monarch.
To support the Tablerock Festival’s efforts and to read some fine/fun poems honoring creature beings, purchase your copy of Animal Tales 2021 from Jackie Mills of Tablerock Festival for $10 US plus shipping here: firstname.lastname@example.org