Sunday, July 6, 2014

Poetry Pantry #208

Photos from South Africa

Spionkop Dam Nature Reserve 

Spionkop Dam Nature Reserve

Spionkop Dam Nature Reserve

At Zingela Safari,
near Ladysmith

At Zingela Safari.
Photo taken from bank of Tugela River

Greetings, Poets!

Hard to believe we are already into July, isn't it?  I personally always feel that once our Independence Day is over here summer is on the downswing, even though there are a few months of summer left.  I am already mourning the shortening of the days.

Glad to see each of you here this week for Poetry Pantry.  It is always enjoyable for me to get to know you through your poetry; and I hope you feel the same.  Admittedly, I personally appreciate those with whom there is a feeling of reciprocity, which makes for a feeling of community.  I think we ALL tend to visit (after a while) people with whom we reciprocate.  I just don't GET people who link and enjoy visits, yet don't bother to visit others -- even those who spent time making comments on their poetry.

This is the second week I am sharing photos provided by Kerry O'Connor, which were taken in the vicinity of the town of Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal where she lives.  If you want more information about Zingela Safari, click here.  The photos were taken by H.J. Clark, Kerry's husband.  Thank you again, Kerry.

Be sure to visit Poets United tomorrow to see what Sherry Blue Sky  has planned to share.  Will it be a featured poet?  A featured blog?  Or a featured poem?

Glad to see there is always a  great turn-out for Midweek Motif.  We hope to see you this coming week for another challenging prompt by Susan Chast!  (And, ha, perhaps many of you have noticed that if you look at one week's prompt Susan gives  a clue about the following week's prompt as well, so you can get a head start.)

And on Friday, remember to see who Rosemary Nissen-Wade features on "I Wish I Had Written This" or  "The Living Dead."

I issue an invitation here to those of you who participate in Poetry Pantry.  If YOU have special photos that you would like me to feature some week, let me know what kind of photos you have.  There are participants here from many different cities, many different countries.  I think it is great fun to see different areas featured. I am especially interested in scenic views of your area or an area you have visited.  Send inquiries first to letting me know what you have.  I am interested in city or country views - in your home area or places you have traveled.

Link your ONE poem.   Then leave a comment below. Then visit other poets.  And I will too.  (If I miss your poem, visit me, and I will visit you... I am like anyone else, appreciating reciprocity.) We ALL like comments, so if you link please DO spend time visiting others.  That is part of the fun as well.  We really like it if you link back to Poets United too, so we spread the Poetry Pantry word in the blogosphere.

Come back a few times on Sunday and Monday to see what's new.  Visit some strangers, and they will become new friends!  Making new friends and reading new poetry, what more could one want?

If you are on Facebook, look for us there as well. Join our site.  It is one more way to stay in touch!

And is the procedure, for those who are new here:  Each Sunday we start a new post with a New Mr. Linky for you. This is so that you can post a link to a poem in your blog. The link will close Monday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), but you can still visit the links of those who have posted them.


  1. Good morning, poets. I will come back to visit in a couple of hours. Have a beautiful Sunday wherever you may be!

  2. Hello friends...another Sunday...wish happiness to you all and what wonderful photos Kerry !!!

  3. Nice to have this time with poetry friends! Looks like it is going to be a wonderful poetry day. I look forward to a feast of reading.

  4. Suppose I'd better stay with the topic of the pix today:-)
    Mine was taken in captivity and not as glorious as Kerry's, out in their real environment.

  5. Thanks Kerry for the pictures ~ Wishing you all Happy Sunday ~

  6. nice pix kerry....i love the rhinos

    will be around...and reading...teaching the children at church today, but other than that, its a day of recovery after the long weekend...ha

  7. Good day all- I've put a nationalistic piece on the Union for those interested. Thanks for the support! Best, James

  8. Thanks for featuring my photos, Mary. I apologize for being absent from commentary last week, but a veld fire burnt out the phone cables and I was without internet connection for 6 days. I am also behind now in poetry writing, so may not have anything to share today.

    However, I will catch up with those who were kind enough to comment on my poem last week.

    1. hey, you made it back.
      oy, 6 days is a bit of time...hope you enjoyed it more than going stir crazy with the disconnection...smiles.

  9. Good Morning All,

    Oh, I just loved the pic of the giraffe such a majestic animal. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading the work of other poets. Have a good day..

  10. Good morning! Thanks, Mary and Kerry for sharing these nice pictures. I love the sounds of 'Spionkop Dam' . Sorry for this damage the fire caused to you, Kerry.. Hope you will be back in poetry/community in no time! ~ Glad to share and read others! :)x

  11. Nice to be here this beautiful Sunday. Thanks Mary for hosting as usual. And Kerry, thanks so much for those wonderful photos.

  12. Good morning all!! My first day off of the summer! And I am thrilled to be here this morning--Kerry, your photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them with us--

  13. Oh such glorious animals! Kerry, you are so lucky to live where you can see them often. I am looking forward to all the goodies in the pantry this morning,. Thank you, all.

  14. The little one's patience is taxed, kids. I will finish commenting later in the day or this evening..I need to take him out adventuring far has been a rich feast in here!

  15. happy sunday, everyone. found a few moments between trying to move (all my things are in storage at the moment, ugh) to write today. i will make my rounds and comment in a few.

  16. Such beautiful photos... its been a while... the poem I added is wrtten much earlier... but I hope you like it...


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