THIS GIRL IS SINGING!
So, here's more for the "Thank you, Universe" file.
Everyday, I spend time clearing through, cleaning up, re-organizing or otherwise going through Mom's stuff. She left behind a lot of stuff and the process is weighty (as it forces me to remember various aspects of her life when I'm in mourning that she's gone). But, this morning, I came across a book -- a book that she'd put on her shelves of Bibles and various Biblical studies, which is to say, a treasured space to Mom -- this book:
I hadn't looked at this particular book, this MARVELOUS BLESSING, in a while (it was released in 2009). It's a book curated/edited by John Bloomberg-Rissman; that is, John focused on a poem I wrote "Girl Singing" and then put out a call for poets and artists to respond to it. The result became a book. And as I looked at the copy that Mom gave, I remembered that I had given it to her as a gift (was it for Christmas that year?). I opened it, and saw this:
So, ONCE MORE and FOREVER MORE, thank you to editor John Bloomberg-Rissman and the forty-ish poets and visual artists around the world who generously responded to my poem to give a "thousand views." You didn't just make me happy, but you gave so much pleasure to my Mom.
THANK YOU, UNIVERSE!