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Last photos of December and best news of 2022

Yes, this is now. Here are two last photos of the past year taken with my camera and my phone, plus quite an astonishing piece of news.

How are you in the new year? We had amore’s father over here in the wilderness of Tuscany, we ate well, there were zero noises from the outside at midnight and bestia clapped.

This was the last photo I took with my camera, of the strudel amore and I made. It refused to be rolled and ended up looking like a dying alligator, but yummy all the same.

Next: no doubt, Luka Dončić is again, or still, or forever, on a tear, for example scoring 60 in a single game one week ago, including 10 in the last minute forcing the extra time against the New York Knicks who were still leading by 9 with 27 seconds to go.

But this time I won something too.

As an email told me on Christmas: “You are going to the Moon!” Well, not in person but my poem is. There was a contest and I am among the winners.

My poem, written in Slovenian and translated into English, cannot be posted here yet since it will appear in the world anthology The Polaris Trilogy, published “here on Earth” some time soon. And when NASA goes to the moon presumably in 2024, my poem will hop aboard. Here is how they word it:

A poem by Manja Maksimovič from Ljubljana, Slovenia has been accepted for publication in The Polaris Trilogy.

This world anthology will be published here on Earth by US publisher Brick Street Poetry Inc. in 2023. The anthology, which contains poems from every continent, will be sent to the Moon to become a part of the Lunar Codex on a future NASA flight.

“NASA is sending scientific instruments to the Moon, via Astrobotic Technologies’ and Intuitive Machines’ commercial lunar landers, launched via commercial rockets built by the United Launch Alliance and SpaceX.

And we poets – and artists, novelists, essayists, musicians, lyricists, scriptwriters, and filmmakers – well, we will be there as well.” Samuel Peralta, Founder, The Lunar Codex, Toronto, Canada.

Brick Street Poetry’s lead editor, Joyce Brinkman, said “The Polaris Trilogy is a panoramic snapshot of poetry on Earth captured during 2022. It’s exciting to know that human art and culture are joining technology and science in space and we are pleased to have Manja’s poem on board.”

The Lunar Codex is a library/museum of sorts. Its contents will be readable by the astronauts who visit the Moon for exploration and as a stopping point on the way to Mars. It will be protected from radiation to be preserved for millions of years. Each of the three sections of The Polaris Trilogy has poems in the mother tongue of its poets written from inspiration from three words that help tell Earth’s story. 

I have had many lovely reactions to this news, including an idea for the next blog name, but perhaps the most amusing was half worried amore imagining how an alien with a vengeance, annoyed with humanity, finds my poem and takes me for the ambassador of the human race. And then I always thought it would be Tom Cruise descending from a helicopter…

And finally, the surprising last photo of 2022 on my phone. When we returned home to Tuscany from our (I may call it traditional, it’s been 10 years minus one pandemic) Christmas in Rome, I noticed something red in the field. Can it be? Oh yes, the first poppy, three months earlier than normally. The word “normal” will be the next to go.

Bushboy’s rules are simple:

1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st December or whenever your last photo was taken.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do.
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments.
5. Tag “The Last Photo”.

For Last on the card challenge hosted by bushboys world


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

34 thoughts on “Last photos of December and best news of 2022

  1. Two very fun last photos, and as I said to you before: you are the first of my friends to go to the moon! I am so thrilled for you, to have this important part of yourself recognized, in such an inspiring way. It’s a true marvel, and an honor you deserve. Many congratulations to you, my friend.

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  2. Congratulations Manja. That is an honour to your wonderful words be recognised.
    I think your Strudel no matter what it looked like must have been yummy. That is a confused Poppy. Thanks for joining in 🙂 🙂

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  3. I so wish I could grow poppies here in E’ville, I do love them! And many, many congratulations on your inclusion is the anthology. This is fabulous news! Looking forward to sometime soon when we can read it…here on Earth. Happy 2023 to you, Manja.

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  4. What a magnificent end to ’22 (the strudel looked absolutely awesome) and already an incredible start to ’23 ~ Luka is Luka 🙂 And then the fantastic achievement of your poetry. Wow… this is something forever and permanent to hold onto 🙂 An interstellar superstar you are! Well done, Manja, and wishing you continued success throughout this year!

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    1. Ahh, much obliged, Dalo. Interstellar superstar!! If I ever post a compilation of reactions to this news, I ask your permission to include this phrase (with your name). I wish you a wonderful year too. Luka is Luka!!


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