I’m still unearthing old poems to share, please note I am happy for people to comment on how bad/good/terrible they are and why!
Here’s another poem based on Tolkien, so far I have not received a message by Nazgul from the Estates threatening my demise for plagiarism…..
Barliman Butterbur is a canny fellow;
Bright white his apron shines, and his cat is yellow.
Barliman is not the kind to water down the cider,
He has a smile for all who come; Hobbits, Dwarves – and Strider!
Barliman is famous for his ale as dark as Fangorn
And from his kitchens there come forth such pies as dreams are made on.
Through old Barley’s hands there pass coinage by the bushel
Silver pennies, copper pieces – scooped up with a shovel!
Long may Barley’s pony prance, long may he delight us
With foaming mugs and platters heaped and pewter of the brightest!
Good old Barley Butterbur, a kind and jolly fellow;
Bright as roses are his cheeks, and his cat is yellow.
In his author statement at the end of this astonishing book, Rothfuss says, equally astonishingly: ‘It’s the sort of story you write, then on your deathbed you remember it and ask a close friend to burn all your unpublished papers. Right after they clear your browser history, of course.’ (156)
Thankfully he was dissuaded from this procedure and the book is here for us to read. How to comment, though? All Rothufss’s writing makes me wonder how I dare call myself a writer at all. This one is miraculous.
It is a gem, a feather, a ring of gold, a hymn, a whisper, a roll of thunder, a joy, a sorrow, a symphony, a ballad, a fairy-tale and a pain.
It is not in any way whatsoever actually ‘like’ any one of the following: ‘Smith of Wootton Major’ or ‘Leaf by Niggle’ or ‘Of Mice and men’ or ‘Bleak House’ or ‘Ghormengast’, but in my head and my heart those are the books I’ve shelved it with.
I insist that you do not fail to read this book. Now, please.
Exciting to be back in my study after 4 days of being unable to breathe in here after the moth-spraying.
I said in Catalogue 80 there would be more changes and so there have been. On Sunday Mystic washed his face after lunch. And, as he has done so many times before, he knocked the scab off the sore bit on his nose.
This time he also managed to make the whole thing bigger and a lot of blood ran out of his nose, I had to staunch it with tissues. So back to the vet on Monday.
This time the vet and I had to look the situation in the eye and accept that it’s cancerous. It had by then scabbed over again but after an examination that was the only realistic conclusion. There’s nothing to be done but make life as good for him as possible for as long as possible. 18.5 is a good long life anyway in cat terms. But I’ve only known him for four months and on the selfish side, I hope he can stay around for a good while.
He had an antibiotic injection which lasts for 2 weeks, in case of subsidiary infection – it does seem to be helping and the scab stayed on for a while – when it came off this morning there was no more bleeding, though the crater is still there.
Mystic is eating well, demanding first choice of cuddling Mummy, and yesterday when the rain stopped and it was warmish, he went out for a wander. He’s sleeping more than he did before, and tending to do so up on the back of the sofa, presumably to avoid the other two.
So the other change is that I’ve now separated bedtimes – Mystic and Fluff go in the kitchen, Felix, who actually prefers privacy, gets to sleep in the dining room again with a litter tray etc in the hall. I really don’t want him scratching Mystic and breaking that damaged skin down any faster than it’s doing on its own.
So what’s round the next feline corner?
This book at first demanded my attention and then utterly commanded it .
Source: Book Review: Milele Safari-An Eternal Journey … By Jan Hawke
Lots of changes with the cats while I’ve been (a) dealing with domestic stuff and (b) posting poems instead of pusscats.
The battle of the fleas is now in the past, and all three cats are enjoying more peaceful snoozes and getting (mostly) far less cross with each other. However, a week ago I made a dramatic and impulsive change. I could not work out why the catwee smell was back on the landing, until suddenly one night at bedtime I spotted Mystic at it on the carpet. He’s regressed. Well, he’s now 18.5 which roughly equals 90 so I think he’s allowed to get a bit confused. He confuses me too, since he sometimes goes out and dashes up the wall and into the next garden, while at other times he seems hardly able to walk to the kitchen for dinner.
Anyhow, as they say in a certain sort of novel, ‘something snapped inside me’ that night, and I gathered all three cats and put them in the kitchen and utility for the night. Then I slept badly, feeling guilty, especially when I woke up and realised there was no-where comfy to sleep in those rooms. Also, would Felix eat the others since he so much loves his privacy, and besides wasn’t this unfair on Felix who never does anything in the wrong place, while neither of the others is wholly reliable?
They got a very early breakfast next day, and of course were all well, and all the litter-trays were full. Yay! I’ve now kept to this routine and they have apparently accepted it – I make sure they have a bed each – heaps of old towels for easy washing – it’s very warm in there thanks to the boiler, and weeing on the carpet has more or less vanished again.
I miss Mystic and Fluff coming to help me get out of bed each morning, but it had to change, unfortunately. On the whole they are getting on better with each other, and the pile-of-three on Mummy is now less common – as if they aren’t so desperate for comfort. Maybe the more enclosed sleeping-quarters has helped that?
With cats this age there are bound to be more changes soon, but this one’s worked out well. Phew!
The cats are resettled after the great flea adventure, and Mystic is thriving on softer food. There will be future bulletins of course, but meanwhile I’m still sharing poems. You are encouraged to comment as writers in community should do!
THE DAY I REALISED
I never heard her coming.
Yes, I’m deaf now, but then
reading had the same effect.
There she was, shouting,
“What did you get for your homework!?”
“2 out of 10 Miss.”
“Yes, and now you’re reading a library book!”
Her grabbing at my shoulder hurt;
The smack hurt more.
But I didn’t cry.
I was busy inside, realising.
For one thing, teachers can see
through solid wood.
For another thing –
and this was the big one –
some people thought
it wasn’t good to read.
Some people didn’t think like me.
Some people didn’t even like me.
So I became a librarian.
I’ve never stopped a single person reading;
all over the country
people’s houses are piled high with books I’ve given them
friends’ handbags stuffed with scribbled lists
and I never did get much more
than 2 out of 10 for maths.
She was just angry.
She didn’t know
she was giving me
(For 3, see FB 13/10/16)
In the grey space
tumble inchoate ten thousand cups
of tea we’ll never
brew each other, tangles
of washing never to mix
In twin-tub or automatic.
On the white sands
of western shores remain
of our unshod footmarks. Unfleshed,
embraces we might have known
in clean white sheets beside a window
open to the ancient wave-song.
In every pub, tables
wait vainly for our set-down glasses;
rushing roads will never know our journey
into the country of our longing.