June is a special month — full of blooms and birthdays and weddings. Green lawns and a rainbow of garden flowers brighten up the city. Also, in this part of the country, June signifies the end of the school year, much to the delight of many children and families.

This weekend was picture perfect with temperatures, warm but not too hot, and a breeze that refreshed spirits and households. There is a bit of bliss in the air, no question. As for bliss, I am experiencing some of that joy now after discovering that my poem, Girls and Green Apples, is featured as the Monday’s Poem this week at leafpress.ca. Truly, I am thrilled and honoured. To read my poem, just click in the title to go to the site.

I would like to end this early June post on a note of thanks for the inspiration given to us by the late Maya Angelou.

Books by Maya Angelou
Books by Maya Angelou

She brought her gift of words and actions to people of all ages; and, she inspired many of us to rise above some of life’s challenges. She has left us with such a legacy, both prose and poetry. Thank you, Maya!

Have a great week All!

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Books by Maya Angelou
Books by Maya Angelou, one of my favourite poets!

For the next 30 days, it is time to celebrate poetry in many communities and countries! Canada and the United States are two countries that are celebrating poetry this month.

This is truly a special month for those who write/read/listen to poetry.

Today, in a celebration of poetry, I joined some other members of The Ontario Poetry Society to share some poetry and comments on the themes of Agriculture and Nature at a local radio station. It was an enjoyable event with a variety of perspectives on these themes. I read two of my poems: Potato and Buy Local, Buy Fresh.

If you are looking to hear and discover some local poets, check out your local media. Libraries and bookstores are great resources, as well. In the photo, here, you can see two of my favourite poetry books by Maya Angelou — great for a spring read!

Happy National Poetry Month! Best for today!

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