Monday, April 15, 2013

The Book Sale

Sunday we went to the Friends of the Library Book Sale.  It is to be one of their last.  The city is building a new library and there won't be room for storing all the used books people donate.  From the book sales "Friends of the Library" donate approximately $1500 a month to the library.  Its pretty impressive for our community.

I bought some old Life magazines one was a week after I was born.  My sister-in-law found one for 1954 the year my husband was born.

I bought a copy of "Montana, Too: A book of Montana History in Story Poems" by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado.  I bought it to use as a mentor text.  Tonight I discovered its an autographed copy.

This poem spoke to me on so many levels.

The Great Aunt

Aunt Mary is regal
as a sailing ship,
white hair swept back
with ivory combs,
back straight, the sound
of England in her speech.

She tells of carrying
fragile china teacups
in a basket on her sea voyage
to Canada to marry Tom Tennant.

Her ranch house is refined
with stained glass and oak.
In defiance of howling blizzards,
she crochets bright blossoms.

She despairs of daughters
flying across prairie hills
on horseback, not yet subdued
by polio or a woman's place.

She lets a great niece
wear her India pearls
and wind the grandfather's clock
that displays the moon's phases.

Sent to keep a great-aunt company,
a young girl reads Jane Eyre,
and doesn't mind emptying
a painted-china chamber pot.

Friday, April 12, 2013

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Monday, April 8, 2013

The Difference of a Day

Sunday afternoon our journey began.  A balmy 63 degrees

 Clouds dance.
Solo the Meadow Lark sings

Welcoming spring

We journey on

Clouds tumbling, swirrling


 Ferocious clouds, gathering

Pompey's Pilar

Stands remembering

 Journeying on

Soon the day will be done

Snow is forecast.

Monday it snowed all day.

Still snowing tonight.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Marmalade Cat

Twitching tail
The Marmalade Cat
Allows Homage.

Browns, golds and oranges.
The Marmalade Cat
Sits watching.

Wood and rust
The Marmalade Cat

Monochromatic Colors
Of the Marmalade Cat.

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