It’s hot here. Very. And dry. More than dry. It’s the kind of weather that wilts everything in the garden and makes me want to put my head down on my pillow and not come back up for air until, say, mid-September. Desperate, despairing weather. Any slight breeze is welcome, and that’s why Aubrie Cox’s latest collaborative venture “Things with Wings” is the best antidote to my midsummer depression around.
Aubrie, known in the haiku community as much for her generous spirit as for her impressive talent, frequently invites readers of her Yay Words! blog to contribute poems matched to either themes (foxes/dragons/lanterns) or, in this case, “doodles” that she has sketched with an eye toward collecting into a PDF anthology she shares with the world at large. Her latest efforts have resulted in delightful pairings of her drawings with haiku from many of her faithful following. I’m honored to have two of my poems paired up with her whimsical sketches (see one below), but, even if I weren’t represented there, I’d seek out this latest anthologized effort of hers for the sheer unmitigated joy found there. Thank you, Aubrie. I might be able to ride out this heat wave after all. Yay Words!