Friday, April 19, 2013

Kale and Cabernet

I said this to a classmate and friend during a chat this week that my dinner consisted of kale and cabernet. She thought that was a cool title for a blog post. Thank you, K., for the inspiration.

In our creative writing nonfiction class, we have been discussing the concept of metaphor. 
Metaphor can be explained as something that is something else.

After watching the news tonight about the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, this poem came to mind. I dedicate this poem to Boston. xoxo

Kale and Cabernet
April 2013

This has been a week of kale and cabernet.
The initial bitter taste of kale

meets the initial bitter swill
of a heavy cabernet.

Green and dry; red and dry;
organic and real; once alive;
bitter vegetable meeting dry;
fruit from a glass bottle;

the color of blood;
bouquet of kale on the plate;
a color of peace;

doused in the gentle, soothing
calmness of olive oil;
liquid form of hope
and olive branches;

gently warm taste buds;
while numb tongues
slowly adapt
 to the aftertaste

of bitter and dry;
of kale and cabernet.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Godzilla and Guybrarians
Last week, I commissioned a drawing from Jeremy, who is an artist, dear friend, and guybrarian.
Jeremy, like my husband, is a librarian, so I refer to them as guybrarians. I think it's cool.

I fondly remember working with Jeremy at the Main Library a few years ago, and his cubicle featured many framed art pieces .Jeremy also displayed many of his works on his Facebook page, so that inspired me to send him a message. My husband's birthday was coming up, and I envisioned an art piece for his office. So Jeremy sent me a sample sketch, and voila! Here is the finished piece. The print arrived in our mailbox the day before Steve's birthday, and I unrolled the portrait. I was so happy that I gave Steve his birthday print that evening. We are now proud owners of a Jeremy Engel print.  Once we get the print framed, we'll share the picture with you!

If you want to contact Jeremy to commission your own print, here is his contact information:
email:   or visit his website:

Sunday, April 07, 2013

April is National Poetry Month

Spring Crocuses LCS/2013

Here is a revised version of a haiku I wrote ten yeats ago:
Spring crocuses; friends reunited after winter--wearing yellow, too. lcs/2013

April is a great month. It's the month that spring really arrives in the Midwest. (Believe me, spring is so much sweeter this year. Winter seemed very long to me.) April is the month of Steve's birthday, the days are longer, the crocuses and daffodils are blooming, and the dogs are out walking their humans. (I met a darling rescued springer spaniel today. Beautiful brown freckles; he just had a smile on his doggie face.)  April is also National Poetry Month. Here is an app where you can find poems on yout mobile phone. You can also visit

Have a great week! xo

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