The Velveteen Rabbit – James Ph. Kotsybar

I enjoyed revisiting an old children’s classic at Christine E. Ray’s prompt.
A good editor inspires and supportively promotes. Ms. Ray not only does that, she presents her fellow poets work in a loving, professional manner that demonstrates her respect for the art.

Brave & Reckless

It’s good to know that love that you can feel
can be returned, so, as you sow you’ll reap –
especially when things turn very real
and service leaves you thrown on the burn heap.

Proving yourself to be a loyal friend
May prove far easier than finding proof
That that’s appreciated in the end,
From friends from whom you find yourself aloof.

It’s sometimes good to know that you are missed.
Despite all change of circumstance, someone
preserves remembrance like a relic kissed,
held sacred and cherished for past fun.

If in some other lifetime, should you meet,
there’s joyous recognition, as you greet.

Chosen for special recognition by NASA, James Ph. Kotsybar is the first poet to be published to another planet. His haiku currently orbits Mars aboard the MAVEN spacecraft, appears in the mission log of The Hubble Space Telescope, and was featured at NASA’s Centaur Art…

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