He who loves understands, and he who understands loves.
Rounding up the links from my 2020 National Poetry Month project: poems about "Things I Wish You Knew." I appreciate everyone who joined me, either as a poet, reader, or information contributor. There are so many more things we don't know! Keep your ears and heart open.
* Why Use A Wheelchair When You Can Walk? (ambulatory wheelchair users)
* Comforting Anxiety by Michelle Kogan (anxiety)
* Relief by Kat Apel (bladder cancer)
* In Syria by Jan Godown Annino (The Cat Man of Aleppo)
* Save the Villi! (celiac)
* Taylor's Shots (diabetes, Type 1)
* What I wish you knew about me by Elizabeth Steinglass (dyslexia)
* Ode to the Low Salt Diet by Janice Scully
* Remember That Time When by Mary Lee Hahn (lymphedema)
* I Wish You Knew by Carol Varsalona (the pandemic)
* What I Know by Linda Baie (Parkinson's dementia)
* Poems from "On Track" by Kat Apel (poor proprioceptive sense)
* I Wish You Knew by Linda Mitchell (reach out)
* Not for Kids by Heidi Mordhorst (trauma)
Today's poem is by Ishihara Yoshiro. Could our spirits, our imaginations, our dreams fly up into the sky? Yoshiro saw us, human arrows. An excerpt of his poem "Wheat":
Remember the incredibly gentle wheat stalk
which holds its countless arrows fixed
to shoot from the bowstring—
you, standing in the same position
where the wind holds it.
— Ishihara Yoshiro [trans. Naomi Koriyama & Edward Lueders]
Today's Little Ditty has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Michelle!