Thursday, April 20, 2017

Waiting rooms at bus stations

Poets are like steam valves, where the ordinary feelings of ordinary people can escape and be shown.
~Sharon Olds



Welcome!

I planned to write form poems this week, and in fact I did write two, but I am not content with either. Our kitty Pearl died suddenly last Friday. She was a young cat, with no signs of illness, and she started throwing up blood-tinged bubbles while I was in the shower Friday morning. She had an undiagnosed heart condition which the vet said only shows itself when cats go into heart failure. The poems that I wrote were about pets, but they need work. My concentration is not what it could be this week...

So I'll share a video with you instead. It was read by my younger daughter's friend, and my son added the images:
The visible and the in-
Want to join the Summer Poetry Swap? If you take part in the swap, you will send 1-5 poems to your fellow swappers (and receive an equal number). If you sign up for five, you will be sending a poem to a person every two weeks over ten weeks (June-August). Poems can be sent in envelopes or on postcards. Email me at tabatha(at)tabathayeatts(dot)com to join or for more information.


painting/logo courtesy of Elena Y

Here's Mister Linky!



44 comments:

Mitchell Linda said...

Tabatha, I'm so sorry about your kitty. Those furbabies are so precious to us. I will think about the poetry swap. I've had a streak of doing too much lately! Maybe after NPM and my commitment to writing a new poem every day is over. What was I thinking?! There's dishes and kids to pick-up, drop-off, meetings and papers and dog to walk.

Overall, even though it's sometimes tough to fit a new poem in each day, I'm really happy with how I feel by writing each day with a purpose. I hope all those who visit Poetry Friday are feeling that too.

Happy Poetry Friday and have a better week!

Linda said...

Tabatha, I'm sorry to hear about Pearl. I am a cat lover too, and I know how much they become part of the family. Sending hugs your way.

I enjoyed the Marge Piercy poem. Your daughter read it beautifully. Have a good weekend.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

So sorry to hear about Pearl! My wife had a kitty named Pearl, too, who passed away a number of years ago...it's always tough saying goodbye to a feline family member. Thank you for hosting, though, and I hope you have a nice weekend.

Laura Shovan said...

Tabatha, I am so sorry. Your family must be heartbroken. Sending hugs to you.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

I'm glad you didn't push yourself unnecessarily with the form poems or beat yourself up over it, Tabatha. Best to take your time when life knocks you off balance. (((hugs))) Besides, how fortunate for us to be able view that lovely poetry collaboration! (Such a thought-provoking poem, too.) No swapping for me this summer. I'm already stressing about everything that's being squeezed into this summer like sardines.

Linda B said...

Oh, Tabatha, I am so sorry to hear about your Pearl. You needn't worry about any ot this, the poem you shared is wonderful. Although it speaks of "people" surely that means pets, too. Thank you for hosting!

Linda B said...

I forgot to tell you that I love the summer swap logo, gorgeous & summery!

Tara Smith said...

Oh, Tabatha, sorry about your kitty.

Irene Latham said...

Wow, I love the video! Great poem, great reading, great message. Thank you. So so sorry about Pearl. That's tough. Thinking of you. And I love the Summer Poem Swap graphic! So.... summery! Who wouldn't want to write a poem?? xo

Robyn Hood Black said...

What a terrific reading - tell your daughter's friend she did a really fine job, and I like the way she spells her name. ;0) Your son did a great job with the images as well.

I am so sorry for your heartache this week - I just took our very old kitty to the vet yesterday to say goodbye, and it was a kick in the gut. No matter how many times you go through it, it doesn't get easier. --With you across the miles in this. XO
Many thanks for hosting.

jama said...

Sorry to hear about Pearl. Even more devastating because she was young and died suddenly.

Thanks for the Marge Piercy poem. Great reading and visuals!

Appreciate your hosting this week. Thinking of you and your family and sending hugs.

Carol Varsalona said...

Tabatha, I am sorry for your loss. Although I do not have any pets, my friends who do have felt the sting of illness and loss. I was intrigued by the oral reading of the poem with the great visuals. Many thanks for that. Thank you for hosting PF this week and organizing the Summer Poetry Swap.

Donna Smith said...

I'm so, so sorry about your cat. So sad to hear. The poem and video were really nice. Great job on that!

Alan Wright said...

Thank you for hosting Tabitha. You have done so well despite your disappointing circumstances with the sudden death of your cat.
Thank you for the Marge Piercy poem as well. I enjoyed the presentation immensely and the words are quite powerful.

michelle kogan said...

So sorry to hear about your kitty Pearl, sending you a hug.

Thanks for all that you've mustered up and shared with us-Moving poem and video; and such an inviting logo for your poetry swap too!

katswhiskers said...

Adding my sympathetic thoughts and hugs, Tabatha. My heart hears you.

And thank-you for hosting at such a sad time. I will have to pop back over the weekend to see your video, as I'm watching my megs at the moment. #thejoysofruralinternet

Iphigene said...

I'm sorry to hear about your cat.
What a lovely poem, simple but profound. Thank you for sharing it, it provides food for thought.
I am definitely interested in this poetry swap. Will email you. :)
-iphigene

Molly Hogan said...

I'm very sorry about your cat, Tabatha. Losing a pet is so hard and so sad. Thanks for hosting and for sharing that wonderful poem/video.

Ruth said...

Thank you for hosting! I love the video - I think I'll share it with my students. I'm so sorry about your cat :-(

Mrs. Wyman said...

Sending comforting thoughts and a hug on the loss of your cat, Tabatha. Pets are truly family members and are greatly missed when gone. The video, words and images were powerful and thought-provoking. Intrigued by the summer poetry swap. My best to you. -- Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/blog/

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

I'm sorry about Pearl. It's so devastating to lose a pet. Thanks for hosting and thanks for sharing the video. It was very well done and meaningful.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Tabatha! I know that I take my cats for granted and also that when they leave us it will hurt.

Mister Linky is not showing up for me at school. Would you add my link, please, and sign me up for the Summer Poetry Swap? I'll be back to enjoy your content later.

I'm in today with a growing collection of 2nd-grade poems for 2 voices.
http://myjuicylittleuniverse.blogspot.com/2017/04/npm17-151642-infinity.html

Kay said...

Tabatha, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty, Pearl. It's heartbreaking to lose a pet. Thank you for taking time to host in the midst of it all.

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Oh, I am so sorry! Thank you for being here this week in spite of all you're going through. I really enjoyed the video.

Beth said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty...it is always hard to lose a beloved pet!

Thank you for hosting today. It's the first time I've participated in a Poetry Friday in a long time!

Violet Nesdoly said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Pearl. And thanks so much for hosting and putting together another poem swap!

Brenda Harsham said...

Tabatha, What a sore ache a lost pet leaves behind. My thoughts are with you and Robyn.

That poem is a wonderful consolation, and I'm imagining your kitty as a warbler, not a moving man. Poetry is a joyous consolation that brings the best memories back to us.

I love the summer poetry swap badge. I would be happy to participate in the summer swap, if you will let me know how to do that.

XOXO,

Brenda

Little Willow said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Pets are precious, and cats are the best.

BJ Lee said...

You had me with "poets are like steam valves! I'm sorry for your loss. It's so hard to let the little ones go.

Bridget Magee said...

Oh, I am so sorry about your kitty, Tabatha. Sending you and your family virtual purrs and comfort. Thanks for hosting today and for hosting the summer poetry swap (I love the logo!). I wish I could participate, but we'll be moving this summer. =)

Kelly Fineman said...

Oh Tabatha - I'm so sorry to read about your cat. I lost a young calico named Boots to a heart attack about 10 years ago, and it was so startling to discover that (of course) they can have those sorts of ailments. It is so very hard to lose a pet, but to lose one young and in such a traumatic manner . . . there are no words. Hugs to you.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

My love to you and yours over the loss of sweet Pearl. Kitties have a way of becoming family. I am so sorry.

I absolutely loved everything about the Marge Piercy video. Thank you all for this gift and for hosting and for all you do for our community. xo

Elaine Magliaro said...

Tabatha,

I am so sorry to hear about your cat. Over the years, I have had to put three cats to sleep. It's like losing a member of the family when we say goodbye to a pet.

Alice Nine said...

My love to all who loved your sweet cat, Pearl. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about the rendition of Marge Piercy's wonderful poem. I replayed it several times... and will be sharing it. Thanks so much for making this space for all of us to link up. Hugs to you.

Whispers from the Ridge said...

So sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. I will be wishing you well, and I'm so grateful you were able to share with us today.

Karen Edmisten said...

Tabatha, I am so very sorry about your kitty! Poor little Pearl. Hugs to you!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Oh, Tabbath! So sorry...
My post today is about FORGETTING to post today!

http://www.teachingauthors.com/2017/04/oops-it-takes-village-to-post-poem.html

Ramona said...

So sad to hear of the loss of your sweet Pearl. Pets are members of the family and to lose your kitten at a young age and so suddenly makes it even harder. I loved the reading and video of the poem. Thanks for hosting!

Tricia said...

I'm sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. Please know I am thinking of you.

Thank you for hosting and for sharing the Marge Piercy poem. It's a beautiful reading by your daughter.

Buffy Silverman said...

So sorry to hear about your cat. It is so hard to lose a furry pal--they become a part of our lives.

Thanks for the lovely video. And yes, I would love to participate in the poetry swap again.

Mary Lee said...

Thank you.

Thank you for hosting.
Thank you for the Sharon Olds quote.
Thank you for the Marge Piercy poem/video.
I even thank you for wringing the bottled up tears out of my heart with the story of your kitty's death (condolences). I cried for my mom, for the land lab, for my car totaled in the wreck 4 weeks ago. I've been holding it all in, carrying on with The Things That Need To Get Done. I needed to let myself cry.

Doraine Bennett said...

I completely forgot to post my link yesterday! So sorry about the kitty. Thanks for the reading and for hosting.

Julieanne said...

So very sorry about Pearl. Tears for her. Thank you for the beautiful video poem and the joyful invitation for a summer poetry swap.

jan godown annino said...

Oh, dear, the loss of a loved pet is terrible.
As a cat person, I especially feel your sorry for the absence of young Pearl.
Hugs.