At One Time Or Another
“If only I were a poet.”
But everyone is a poet at one time or another.
It’s in the way they smile . . .
Or the way they move . . .
Or care for the neighborhood . . .
Cozy up with friends . . .
Build community . . .
Get into the spirit of the moment . . .
Share flavorful food . . .
Read a story . . .
Go out and about . . .
Create a gathering place . . .
Entertain and amaze . . .
Help to make the world safe . . .
Let joy in.
Everyone is a poet now and then.
And so, for a time, am I.
SpeakEasy 16: The wonderful people shown in this post agreed to have their pictures taken to help shine a light on SpeakEasy 16: Fresh Minds, New Words, a special event that will present poetry by and for children. The event on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre will feature poets ages 5 to 16 reading their original poems along with a supporting cast of adults, including Rena Priest, Jessica Gillis, Lois Holub, Chuck Robinson of Village Books, Kevin Murphy, and Yours Truly, plus special guest Pamela Porter. SpeakEasy 16 is free to the public, with donations accepted to help cover event costs. Bring your child and the child inside you to this magical occasion.
SpeakEasy 16 is offered in celebration of National Poetry Month and in conjunction with Poetry CHaT, a group at Western Washington University assembling a definitive collection of children’s poetry books published since 1960. The SpeakEasy series is produced by Lummi Island poet Luther Allen.
Many thanks to the following for lending their smiles to this post:
- One smart girl who loves to read
- Selah J. Tay-Song, Dr. Hollie Levine, and our new friend, Cathy
- Travis (pizza tosser) and the gang at Tino’s Pizza & Pasta Co. take 1
- Whatcom County road team ~ credit to come
- Maureen Kane & Seán Dwyer and friends Katherine & Emily Mowrey
- The crew at Valley Market & Deli
- Sam Kaas of Village Books
- The team at Jalapeños Fairhaven
- The crew at Paper Dreams in Fairhaven
- Adam Railing
- The gang at Tino’s Pizza & Pasta Co. take 2
- Lovely Acrobat ~ credit to come
- Chief David M. Ralston and Geneva/Sudden Valley squads, South Whatcom Fire Authority
- Russell Harlan
Sarah Gives Thanks: The delightful children’s book authored by Mike Allegra (and published by Albert Whitman & Co.) seen in these photos tells the story of Sarah Josepha Hale’s quest to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Based in New Jersey, Mr. Allegra kindly created and gifted his original art—one of his famed “doodles,” this one of a salamander, who has lately been dubbed “Sully”—to the event to be featured with the poem by Yours Truly that stars, of course, a talking salamander.
XO Laurel Leigh
P.S.: I am an avid reader of the blog Writing Between the Lines by Naomi Baltuck, who tells marvelous stories with engaging text and gorgeous photo art. Naomi, there’s little worry of your work ever being duplicated but forgive me for borrowing a little bit of your format to make this post. I love your amazing photo stories!
Fun Outtakes: People are just so much dang fun. I know about half the people in these photos, and the rest I just walked up, book in hand, and asked if they’d pose for a picture. Jalapeños was hopping, and smiling customers waited while the whole crew quickly jumped into the pic. I’m such a bad photographer that before the dinner rush at Tino’s, Travis used up two rounds of dough before I could get a couple shots that weren’t blurry! I don’t think I’ve ever stood this close to a firetruck before. It was rather awesome and the team was so nice. Props to the hardworking firefighting squads who work so hard to keep us safe. If anyone recognizes the wonderful stiltist or her companions, kindly let me know. I was so delighted to discover her downtown that I forgot to get her name.