Reading Meanwhile there are Letters

This book is based on the correspondence of Eudora Welty & Ross Macdonald edited by Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan and it is quite a treasure to read.

In one letter to Welty:

“I don’t quite know what is happening to the country, or has already happened. A friend, formally in the government, writes from Washington about “the coming constitutional crisis,” as he calls it. I believe the country has gone through a moral crisis and failed to recognize it. We proceed cheerfully on our desperate way like a man with a bad doctor and a fatal illness.”– Kenneth Millar (102)
After reading this quote, I thought about how it is so fitting to our current situation in our country!

In her next letter to him I noted this passage relating to the above passage from his letter:

“…I think, the same feeling about the awful things we were perpetrating upon that midnight clear (in Vietnam). I hope and hope, while knowing there’s damage that can never be undone and something lost we can never get back. Just hope for the end of the killing–I think it has to come soon, don’t you?” –Eudora Welty to Kenneth Millar in a letter. (105)

I believe–Hope is always what keeps us going on in times like these! These writers’ thoughts seem to relate to our country’s current government decisions and actions.

As I continue to read and reflect on this:

As I read this thick volume slowly, I reflect on so much of the material covered in their correspondence through their letters, specifically what Welty tells him about nature, writing, and also how he responds to her questions and her personal concerns in the areas of her writing and doing interviews. This can be so useful to authors and poets today. Millar is always reinforcing her through his perspective on her writing talents and her public speaking engagements. When she doubts her written work and her speaking abilities, he always seems to have the right answers about her troubling thoughts and how she might be somewhat off the mark with her personal reflections on her public interviews that she reveals to him inside her letters.  Millar gives her his expert perception on them, and they are always on spot with what is happening with her writing and her unique capabilities.  She, in turn, does the same for him often through her reviews and her feedback on his writing.

Their relationship was truly a working one as far as their writing is concerned. They seem to feed off of each other and reinforce each other as they correspond making their writing endeavours stronger and more successful as years go by.

I will be reading more about them soon and I may post more here on what I find in this treasure of a book about Welty & Millar and their growing relationship as they communicate with each other through letters.

 

GREENWATER

Poetry in Motion with the Flow of Tides

 

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Quinn after her bath

 

The Secret World of Magical Beings

A Poem by Josie Cook

World of written and spoken words…

The Secret World of Magical Beings

Stuck in a plantation of growing confrontations,

My passage to another location becomes

a portal to numerous words unheard until this date.

Many tiny pixies, genies, and sprites

drift with the bluebirds.

They are a mere symptom from some unwritten world.

With the sky above their land and the

Oceans riding to the wind-blown sand,

Little by little, their world construction is created.

From the darkness of night to the light of dawn;

From all that is obscure, and from all that is pale.

No being is dismayed by the revelation of their splendid words.

They live among trunks, branches, leaves that ground them

To their hidden world.

The one that sees them is the one that believes in them,

their life creations are written inside the deep forest

where the pale leaves exist with the colorful ones,

Among the living organisms and the bright reflections,

Underneath loose bark, and the deep depths of the liquid pools,

Their enigma is born to protect the free speech of the open plains.

The casting of an evil curse upon their world will be protested and

Dissolved by the disbanding of it.

Evolution comes from their seas and the creation of their words;

Wondrous chortling from the bemused elves

Flows through the open air as the wind blows away the sadness and despair.

For this is now their land and one that no individual owns.

 There is no escape from their world, they treasure

this collection of their words.   –J. E.  Cook ©2017

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UNITED IN PEACE COLLABORATION, 2016

73 voices from 17 different countries around the world unite in peace. All these poets are in alphabetical order by their first name. *Please feel free to copy and share all these verses on your page.

As the Christmas lights shine brightly again
I hear some laughter now and then
I can’t help but wonder how comforting it must be
That despite all my blunders, to have such a loving family
5hade5layer – USA

This picture makes me think of my sister.
She lives on the other side of the country from me.
It remind’s me of the happy times we had together at these time.
Luckily she’s coming next year with my nephew and nieces.
Andrew Jacobs – USA

The bough of an oak tree. Each sunrise, a Christmas season regarding non-religious affairs of love. Every culture a string of light, learning the civilizing tradition. Its circumference is revealed by a day of joy. And that sun in the sky-will umbra and preserve all Christmas season… And love will bath our world forever.
Arthur Henn – USA

The lights cascade down
Spilling light like joy
Shedding light on to happy faces
Of family spending time together
Ashley.J.Parker – New Zealand

Bells jingle at every door as boughs play lyre and the merry breeze sings Carol.
Cladded as friends, we cross the fences gathering on the warm lap of mother green for this holy feast.
Singing with glee, praying for peace, we share smiles, love and cake.
The lights dance against the night while Heavens peeked through the curtain and smiled.
Atiba Sheikh – India

Let light be shed in our lives this day
Make us realise that come what may
We’re united by LOVE which remains in our heart
Even though we be ten thousand miles apart
Babsie Bell – Scotland

It’s the light in the dark
That stops the family falllng apart
The light keeps raining down
Keeping them safe and sound
B. Coelho – UK

In this time of change, we should not change,
for no matter what may fall,
our love for all who walk this earth
is the love that conquers all.
Beccy – UK

It’s the light in the dark
That stops the family falllng apart
The light keeps raining down
Keeping them safe and sound
Bobbie – UK

man defines the divine in his own limited terms
with electric lights replacing inspiration
and our own illumination replacing the holy
this season, let us embrace those things which we do not know
bob strating  – USA

Meeting in accord
Celebrating
The ultimate love story ever told
Let love continually shine in you
Cassie – Kenya

Give thanks and enjoy these holidays,
For we never know when it’ll fade away.
May you experience joy, laughter, peace, and hugs,
And spread kindness to all who need love.
Chantal – USA

Asking answers in a dark;
Stairing questions in a sun.
Paint a world black to blind;
Our breath feed truth a fund.
Cory Barrett – USA

Lights shine their path upon the bark.
Laughs sing a songs all like a lark.
Hands and arms spread warm and love.
Heaven looks down from high above.
crystal – Sweden

All the loves of this earth, ever loved shall
be revealed again thru the sparkling, camouflagic
hope, unfolded onto delicate surfaces gently placed
from the heavenly flame…..peace on earth.

dana – USA

The night looks almost eerie,
if it didn’t look so warm,
the lights, the joy, the friendships,
keep us up until the dawn.
Daniel Marchetti – Australia

 

“The warmth, respect and true affection
Can bind us all without hesitation
Together we’ll face this moonless night
With love in our hearts, our Christmas light.”

Dhaye – Philippines

“Stars speaks of the story of miracle
As the sky brightens up in delight
With the news of the birth of Christ
Every broken soul finds a hopeful light”
Dhiman – India

Surround your hearts around the festive table
Wrapped together, Christmas presents, in prayer
Joy below the tree of life, one holy family
Happy Birthday baby Jesus light of lights
Earl Schumacker – USA

delighted faces all aglow
round table with food to spare
star lit nooses hanging some
the feast goes on with flare.
Einstein Noodle – USA

Light flickers, framed by the love of many tongues.
Life – grown from roots deep draped in radiance.
Empathy clasps trembling hands, whispering hope
‘Pon horizons, may prayers be Heaven heard.
emmajoy – UK 

From the darkened whispered world we rise

And come now together in radiant light

So with echoed songs of unity’s voice

This blessing flows into the heavenly night

  1. Froman – USA

Bring evergreen to deciduous night
by baubles and stars let there be light
‘neath angels drink and eat our fill
we trust in the spring of our earthly will.
Gandre  – USA

Mesmerized by darkness, shadows dance in eternity
growth to infinity – that’s their nature is
so easy that it takes effort to say ‘no’..
but saviors are the droplets
emancipated and attached to light of God
the end of dark
brings then the birth of us
Gaurav – India

Beneath life’s boughs all mankind waits
on what is offered by the fates,
praying for, both love and peace,
and that all worldwide strife will cease.
Gee – England

Count your day with a smile and never with tears.
Count your night by the day and shadows will fall behind you.
Count your life by happiness and not with pains.
Every time we love,everytime we give,it’s Christmas.

Ifeoma Isabella okeke – Nigeria

Christmas Time; a gift, the holy & sacred birth of Jesus
A time when mankind unites in warmth, tolerance, respect and true affection
Jesus; the tree of life, his light & power shine from God’s deep, foundational roots
Allowing his gleaming love to cascade down over us, like oil, overflowing & filling us
Im His Daughter – Canada 

Gathered tenderly under the glow
Remembering gifts from long ago
Not the toys and season’s decor
But a gift from the Father we love and adore
James Andersen – USA

Waited year for such a twilight,
Where we all pray under the bright light,
Fight all the evils on the Christmas night,
Let’s make it a beautiful sight.
Jasbir Kaur – India

The faithful gather glowing warm
To celebrate the precious Son..
May all the Earth come together in Love
And Sing in Praise to Heaven Above.
J.J. NIGHTINGALE – USA

I pray the hope of peace can expand to every nation.
I pray every child and family is safe and have shelter.
The sound of war is silence.”

I hope you like dear friend.
John Castellenas/Coyote – USA

 

Love is the answer no matter the question,
Give it and I will return three fold.
Learned through practice and not suggestion,
More than a rule than is made of gold.
J Todd Underhill – USA

Under world’s tree with angel’s our spirits join kneeling.

Light of life between our heart’s fire and heaven’s stars shining.

What joy, what pain, what tears humanity is calling.

Christmas made real by all praying, sharing, giving.

Kathy Van Kurin – USA

Here we are to eat the feast of peace,
Just enough to celebrate the scene,
When the stars all begins to sing,
That here comes the true prince of peace.
Kay Salisu Titilola  – Nigeria

There is a tree, and light.
There are people we know because we know people.
We love each other, we may not know it yet.
Stand up and hug.
Keith Martell – USA

A light rises, guiding warm stars
And spirits finding solace
In all the worlds that feeling
Comes with the welcome of a timeless meeting
Ken Simm – UK

when all of nature reflects

darkness fades from within

spirits shine and joy unveils

and love flows into everything

Ladysue – USA

Winter night, and sparkling bright, amber pearls abound.
Friends so dear and family near, gather all around.
Twilight song to night so long, can you hear the sound?
Laughter rings and carol sings, joy for blessings found.
Lawrence Raybon – USA

Sitting around the table under the tree,
No empty, cold, lonely spaces,
Only the chatter, smiles, of friendly faces,
To happiness, joy and love is key.
Lydia B. – USA

Strands join us with love growing luminous
weaving harmony with our best humanness
dissuading words and actions ever ruinous
playfully sharing our quirks so humorous!
Margie – USA

Our hearts must be open for the sacred to fall in-
Light the path to their reception, let sternums break in love.
This season, recall the forgotten; give voice
to the unloved: invite someone to come in from the cold, with you.
(Nuestros corazones necesitan abrirse para que la sagrada entre-
Ilumina el camino para su recepcion, permiten los pechos
romperse en amor. Esta estacion, recuerda los olvidados, da voz
a los no amados. Invita que alguien retirarse del frio, contigo.)
Marie Anzalone/ Raquelita – Guatemala

Gather your Family,
of bonds not blood,
whose light has shined
upon your life.
Matthew W. – Australia

gathered lights for the young and old
shine upon hearts left in such cold
bring the scent of warming prayers
answered by our Lord, The One that cares
M. Cotterman – USA

Oh Holy night, the Lord Savior has come.
Bright glowing faces, lighting up a new night,
Peace, love, joy, and happiness toward all.
May your days truly be merry and bright.
ME Lyle – USA

Under the spring sky
celebrating, why?
It’s not Christmas in this picture
Just a falsehood, a conjecture
Mikael – Finland

It is that season … once again
Of hearths aglow and hearts within
That season when I stand apart
Longing to feel a … joyous heart.
Misery – USA

Beneath the Tree of Life we dance and dance
Held together by common bonds of caring
We celebrate together year after year
It’s all about the strength of love and sharing
Miss Owl – Somewhere

The family gathers ’round the tree
No fancy frills for all to see.
Just love and laughter for to share
And mem’ries made in Christmas air.
Miss Sharon ” USA 

Let me sit beneath the bough before the break of dawn
Let me honour those I love the living and the ones I mourn
Let me know that hope is a psalm that makes us strong
Let the light of family be the foundation of our eternal song

Moon – Somewhere

When the world has become faithless and miserable,
When souls cry across all lands.
We shall create this selfless miracle
With the light that illuminate our hands.
Nwang – India

Harp strings are the orchestration of love
and civilization in our world of survival…
Each precious life is a gift from heaven
as we gather together in love and devotion…
Patricia E. Wedel  – USA  

The tree gives hope.
Shelter and peace.
They break bread
The world unites..
Paul Bell – UK

Sparkling lights reaches the soul
Illumination of the lonely hearts
Gathering of the kin, warms hugs
Blessings – comforting love.
Pax – Philippines 

in between the warmest of hellos and goodbyes I spend my time
suspended in love and light with my dearest ones; dusk settles damply,
dreamily, but every gaze shines wetly with merriment
and keeps me lovely cozy inside.
peacemilk ” Canada

Rows of lights are falling
Like diamonds to the ground
And friends, my hopes, are calling
Where loving might be found…
Peter Rogerson – UK

As we come together, all holding hands,
Around this table of hope, and love,
We create this family, from many lands,
To honor what the season’s, truly made of.
P.L. Reed – USA

We are all but lights
illuminated by one another
seasons come and go
but our bonds remain
PoppySilver  – UK

The connection may not be real.
Our hearts may not be working.
But our souls are flying,
free from everything,
hugging and dancing with each other.
Priscila Sousa – Portugal

I looked infront, she was not happy
I invite comparison with her.
we saved us from ego.
we cherrished happiness each other
rajasjree r – India

Together forever
The thing that you see
happiness in your eyes
can you see
Rebecca G. – USA 

May darkness be swept away by the magical light,
Let us find peace and comfort in each other’s company.
Of earth we are made of – into earth we return,
let’s celebrate our love for nature this holidays!
Ria – UAE

From heavens high ✨ soft starlight cascades down ✨
to light ✨ this sharing, with all gathered ’round.
Love’s set aglow their heart’s ‘ with God’s renown,
for peace 🌿 they pray together, without sound”*
Richard W. Jenkins – USA

When you string the Christmas light around the house
Make sure one is strung around your heart,
For the ribbons, bows and tinsel pale in comparison
To the gift that comes from the heart.
The Rock and Roll Cowboy – USA

‘I’m glad you made it,’ says she to the he to her left.
‘I said I would, now here I am,’ replies said he to she.
‘It wouldn’t be Christmas without you,’ says she.
As he smiles at the lights a-glinting in her eyes.
Ron Askew – UK

Eyes filled with relief, words filled with sweetness, laughter, not on people but on jokes.
Everyone is surrounded with the drugs of love and happiness
People don’t care about where they belong or what is their faith. The only thing they care about is this great day.
That’s the beauty of Christmas and a collaboration…
Shasha – India

” I rose in love to heaven’s height,
The moon was full, the stars were bright.
The darkness slowly moved away,
My life and heart shine with YOUR Light.”
Shabeeh Haider – Pakistan

five strings of fairy lights fall from the branch of the tree at twilight,
touching the hearts of the humans below, souls intertwined, laughter and faces aglow.
you can hear the crickets come alive in the night, and oh, how wonderful it is to witness such a sight.
on the very bench that you sit; finally, you say the words “i’m all right”, and mean it.
shiloh marie – USA

This tree has watched my son grow
From little boy to a strong young man.
Here it stands in graceful beauty
A small piece of the Master’s plan
Tate Morgan – USA

Join us beneath our lighted maple,
Please come enjoy our yuletide table,
And when you hear jingle bells ring,
Smile and laugh and loudly sing.
Ted Kniffen  – Canada

It takes a whole village to raise a child

we now live in the biggest village in history.
Let us cherish one another.
Tony Jordan – UK

Another Christmas approaching fast,
Stuff the turkey, just hope it lasts.
A joyous dinner with family and friends;
Wishing the day would never end.
Valentine – USA

it reminds me of peace and tranquility
a family together celebrating the season
the great tree reminds me of a great strength
and the light is the light of God watching over us all…
wordman – USA

Spreading love and giving comfort

Is all that matters in the real world

Gather around, ye all

For Christmas bells are being being heard
YumnaKay – Pakistan

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