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In Sparks Fly Upward, Katie Spivey Brewster captures life memories and experiences in an interesting variety of poetic forms.
The free verse title poem, “Sparks Fly Upward,” was inspired by the campfire at the wedding reception of her son, Andrew.
“C R A B,” an acrostic, was written on a lark at the table in Capt Billy’s while waiting for her family to finish their crabs. A snowflake falling to the ground in “Where, oh where?” wonders about its destination while the limerick “A lady of Books” ask if “she can find any good reads to meet her needs?”
Poetry friends taught Mrs. Brewster about Haiku and Cinquain, giving her ample reason to write about heliotrope, azure, her hammock, and walking.
Aunt Louise visits twice a year,
in shoes, bag, and hat to match.
And every time she visits,
she brings the girls,
a very special snack.
But this time she has forgotten it,
or to the girls,
it so seems.
They wonder if they’ll miss the pleasure,
of eating the treats,
of which they’ve dreamed.
Katie Spivey Brewster’s whimsical poetry and Mary Barrow’s endearing illustrations tell the story of the regular visits of Katie’s great aunt while Katie was a child in Wilmington, NC.
EMT Morales and EMT Flynn respond to a report of a fallen man with a badly hurt leg. Their examination proves he needs to go to the hospital immediately, but lifting him onto the stretcher will cause him great pain. Can EMT Morales figure out a way to lift him in comfort?
Jim McDonald “The Houseboat Poet” grew up on a tobacco farm he hated, under an alcoholic father he swore he would never imitate. Four DWIs, four possession arrests, and three ex-wives finally showed him that he was his father. Jail time in 1989 convinced him he had to stop the bleeding and a visiting minister showed him that with Jesus leading he could begin anew. The one true steady influence in his life was his mother, who helped him and her grandsons through it all.
Twilight to Son Shine, the first of the Thoughts into Poetry series, invites you to see life from the waterline by taking an intimate journey with the Houseboat Poet, from hope to despair, into and out of depression, and back to hope again.