Day 2 – NaPoWriMo. Today’s stamp is a romantic one. Thank you Lore for sharing your stamp and love story. Be sure to read Lore’s story following the poem it inspired.
A glint in his eye,
tail confidently held high,
a debonair curve to his beak
the Yellow-billed Hornbill
is a romantic chap
strolling through lovers’ gardens
in South Africa.
He was their first connection
20 cents, not even a full Rand
he flew to America
waited until fate caught up.
They wed in South Africa
professing their devotion and commitment.
Now he preens their love garden
ridding it of spiders and scorpions
only loving words grow here.
“My best friend came to South Africa as an exchange student in our senior year of high school in 1975. She wrote letters to her friends back home in California. This stamp is from one of those letters. In her letters she told us of how she’d met a young man she believed she would someday marry. But circumstances changed and that didn’t happen. She returned to the USA and her life went a different way. Ten years after our high school graduation this ‘young man’ paid a visit to the USA. My high school friend arranged for him to stay with me in San Francisco. We spent a weekend together before he flew back to South Africa. A year later we were married. I have lived in South Africa now for 30 years. And I have these birds in my garden.” -Loreen (Lore) McDonald