Monday, September 20, 2010

Hundreds of Times

Hundreds of Times 

(For Ginnie) 

I told her hundreds of times 

In hundreds of different ways 

That I loved her, 

And my feelings were true. 

I looked to her face of acceptance, 

The swimming eyes, 

The gentle touch, 

The loving hug, 

And her fierce determination that I would be okay, 

What could this be if not for love? 

Belief was a bottle that we filled together, 

With respect, value, affirmation and a beautiful meditation, 

The mantra that I was lovable and capable, 

What could this be if not for love? 

She gave her gifts to me with a loving touch, 

What had I shown her? 

What had I given her? 

She'd shown me to follow the road not taken - 

And that was what I did as I grew, changed and flourished, 

Her compliment. 

A piece of stitchery was my gift to her, 

And on it were the words I chanted forever in my head, 

What could this be if not for love? 

Sunday, September 19, 2010


The blanket’s story 
Debralynn Fein 
Seemingly merry, 
Harpo, Chico and Groucho 
Climbed on shelves, 
Jumped from one to the other, 
Swatted at balls, 
Rolled, tumbled and rumbled 
Life was good when catnip was around. 
Their energy finally spent, ears perked up 
Hark! They stopped at the sound, 
What was it they heard? 
Was it the song of the birds? 
They leaped to the window to see, 
Edna, Agnes, Sapho and Maya, 
Poets well we knew, 
Standing apart, Maya whistled a tentative melody, 
Edna, Agnes and Sapho sang back in harmonious song. 
Why can’t we be free? 
Stretching paws toward the glass, the cats asked, 
Looking from one to the other, and realized that, 
They must find their blanket of feline answers. 
Lo, Chico looked down and saw, 
The holly leaves and red berries, 
Pretty sights he found, 
The others saw them too, 
Nature’s gifts made us happy and content. 
Why can’t we fly away like birds? 
Jumping down once more, Groucho sprinted and jumped about. 
“No wings, see? 
Perhaps only they carry wishes for us all?” 
It calmed the savage breasts as, 
A tiny glint of light appeared in the gray, winter sky, 
Nature’s protection is our blanket.