Poetry Friday is at the Poem Farm today. Thank you, Amy!
Today's poem is about my friend Diane's next new chapter.
Diane Applebaum, magnificent manager of West Los Angeles' esteemed Children's Book World, is smart, inspiring and brimming with enthusiasm. She's helped owner Sharon Hearn make this indie the fabulous and deservedly famous bookstore it is. She's been a guest speaker in my classes for years; students rave about her.
This is the Children's Book World logo
Diane apparently needs more time to snowshoe, heli-hike and explore the world...because, after 24 years, she's retiring.
I wanted to write something to commemorate my friend and her adventuring spirit. What kept whirling around my head was a poem that sounds like the chorus to a song. So here's the chorus, Diane. The rest of the song, like your next verse, has yet to be written.
STAY IN TOUCH THOUGH YOU'RE TRAVELING ON
by April Halprin Wayland
Three cheers, dear friend, hip, hip, for you!
You surely have a better view.
You've climbed the whole dang mountain
(didn't hitch a heli-ride)
be sure and send a howjado
when you reach the other side.
Diving into her new chapter
We six TeachingAuthors are taking a break until January 3rd. Have a love-filled, warm and toasty holiday season and come back here January 3rd ready to dive into YOUR new chapter in the New Year!
poem and drawing (c) by April Halprin Wayland