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This past week, our Every Day Poems editor, Monica Sharman, found a beautiful poem about a koi pond. I said, yes, I’d take it for publication. It was lovely.
Along the way, Monica told me she loves koi ponds.
I can’t remember the first time I ever saw one, but my own daughter always loved them too. I told Monica that someday, if we ever meet in person, I would like to go to a koi pond with her.
A few years back, I bought a gorgeous thread picture of koi, from Maureen Doallas. It was for my daughter, who says that we love the art that means something to us. I might have to take Maureen and my daughter with us, when Monica and I go to the koi pond someday.
This morning I was reading a book that came up when LW Lindquist wrote about why Glynn Young’s Poetry at Work is going to be a gift for clients this year. The referenced book is called Fish! It’s kind of a “find your enthusiasm at work” book. And it has a goldfish on the cover.
The goldfish somehow drifted into my thoughts about the koi pond and my promise to Monica. Then, for reasons I can’t put my finger on, the goldfish found its way to my thoughts of you.
Somehow, I felt like all of us have made a koi pond we are peering into. Some put in the fish and some the water lilies. Some planted the reeds and some dropped in beautiful pebbles. And, altogether, if I could paint it, it would be a picture I might give to my daughter, because it means something very dear to me.
This got me wanting to thank all of you who have supported Tweetspeak this past year. You’ve given according to your means, and with your love, and for our mutual dreams.
Thank you. For the koi pond. Let’s sit by it a while, and create more memories.
L.L. Barkat, of Tweetspeak Poetry
Thank you to Andrew Anker, Lane M Arnold, Grace M Brodhurst-Davis, Laura Brown, Claire Burge, Jody Collins, Wm A Connolly, Charity Singleton Craig, Maureen Doallas, Leah Downs, Donna Falcone, Karin Fendick, Nancy Franson, Marjorie Maddox Hafer, Sonia Joie, Sandra Heska King, Ann Kroeker, Dolly Lee, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Lexanne M. Leonard, LW Lindquist, Elizabeth Marshall, Richard Maxson, Nance, Michelle Ortega, Nathan Ouderkirk, Anne M. Doe Overstreet, Tania Runyan, Darrelyn Saloom, Sandra Savage, Monica Sharman, Diana R Trautwein, Lesley M Tyson, Anna Westendorf, Megan Willome, Glynn Young