🐻Today, I Am an Enormous Teddy Bear🐻

Hello, Friendsβ€Šβ€”β€Š

From time to time, I am an enormous teddy bear…

As a Kinsman, I help raise funds for special equipment and travel assistance for life-saving procedures for children and adults in dire need. Like my little friend Miss Blake, above, who taught this clumsy bear how to dance.

Miss Blake is a paraplegic and wheelchair user with complex medical needs. She loves to dance and race her wheelchair.

For her 4th birthday, Miss Blake is asking everyone to donate to her campaign for Telemiracle, the foundation that’s helped her so much over the years.

Here’s the link to her campaign.

We’d both be so grateful if you could help out.

Thank-you so much, friends.

Cheersβ€Šβ€”β€Š

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POEM: The Old Comedian

Illustration by Rolli

The old comedian

Martin
in our attic lived
a minute

We heartened him with
wine
and he us
with vintages of wit

β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž until

some sinless
citizen 
passing over-
heard 
our laughter

β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Ž β€ŽHe diedΒ 
Β β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Žβ€Žin irons
Β β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Žβ€Žrusting
Β β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Žβ€ŽThe Last Comedian

Yet
we remember

how he warmed our 
throats’ 
cold corridors
with laughter as
wine
 
β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Ž β€Žas rushings 
β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Ž β€Žof vital
β€Žβ€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Ž β€Žβ€Ž β€Žwine

Note

My latest book of poems and drawings is Plumstuff. You might like it:

Short Circuit

Hello, Friends – – –

The final issue of one of my favorite magazines, Short Circuit, is out today.

A bittersweet moment, but I’m happy to have two pieces in it.

The first is a very short story, The Sweet Striper.

https://short-edition.com/en/story/short-fiction/the-sweet-striper

The second is a poem, I do not begrudge the young.

https://short-edition.com/en/story/poetry/i-do-not-begrudge-the-young

I hope you enjoy them…

That’s all for now, friends.

(You might enjoy my recent collection of poem and drawings,Β Plumstuff)

Cheers – – –