© Meadow Sweet Grove, 2016
This is a poem I wrote as an assignment for a writing class I was taking a couple of years back. It uses a lot of word play and is meant to be in "Shel Silverstein" style. I hope you like it.
The Right Stuff
The big white cat looked
Up from the fence,
At the old oak tree
Leaving leaves less dense.
The white cat said, to the Oak King,
"Halloween's here, hear me sing.
I can hiss and spit,
And flash my eyes,
And arch my back against a full moon sky.
I be as scary as a black cat be,
Now what do you think,
You old oak tree?"
Not a sound rolled around
From that ancient soul,
But between its leaves,
Stretched a cat of coal.
His eyes they glowed
Like yellow flames and
He bared sharp teeth,
With an aim to maim.
"Best leave this to me,"
He said with a boast,
"And wait this out
Behind that post.
The children are coming up the path
And I've got the stuff to make them dash.
If they see you, "kitty, kitty" they'll say
And laugh and carry on their way.
The white cat shamed,
He slunk and hid
Behind the post
As he was bid.
But when those imposters came quite near,
He thought around the post he'd peer,
Just to see the garb that night,
Of witches, skeletons and the like.
But those kids they screamed!
And fled in fright!
Trick or treat bags
Thrown left and right.
For rounding 'round that post they'd seen
A BIG WHITE GHOST !!
(or so it seemed.)
And that taunting black cat?
Adding a clever caterwaul,
Meowed to the white cat,
"You've the right stuff after all!"
So that's the story of the two old cats
Who learned that night (and it's a fact)
That there's more than one way to skin a cat!
(if you'll pardon the expression)
© Vicki Buchanan, 2014
For example, my paternal grandfather was born in 1907 but wasn't issued a birth certificate until 1945! Obviously, no one checked for birth certificates in those days as he had: attended school (although only for a couple of years), many jobs, got married, children and was rated 4-F for military service during WWII due to a broken back in childhood, and a metal plate in his wrist from a construction accident. I'm not sure what prompted his need to apply for a birth certificate but it is certainly interesting how he was able to function until the age of 38 without one! Just shows how different the times are now. He was born at home, and had to get statutory declarations from his mom, aunt and a former neighbour, together with a copy of his dad's handwritten entry of the birth in the family bible, in order to have his birth registered.
Wishing you a lot of cool stories to uncover with your grave-digging too!
Picture Frames & Photo Albums
That favourite picture of your loved one deserves a good frame. Most you will find these days are made of MDF - which is just not good enough! Real wood, metal or ceramic is much more long-lasting and kinder to the environment. Also, don't forget to print out your special photos and get them into albums. While I know it is space efficient to store photos on the computer, it is easy to forget that crashes, viruses and obsolete technology can render those photos irretrievable. I have heard horror stories at our local camera shop from people who have lost their photos - always print the special ones! One of my goals this winter is to sift through our family's virtual mountain of photos and compile a physical record of the precious ones.
Meadow Sweet Grove © Vicki Buchanan, 2016
Meadow Sweet Grove © Vicki Buchanan, 2016
I admit it. I'm no minimalist. I love being surrounded by old treasures that evoke good memories, new treasures that enchant me with their beauty or whimsy and ......... books, books, books!
The current trend is to reduce clutter. While I feel it is very beneficial to reduce items in our lives that we no longer need, use or love, I find that I am very grateful for the honour of possessing heirlooms or simply sentimental items. They give me great pleasure and enhance the contentment I feel in my home.
I also believe strongly, in 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" and purchasing vintage or used items satisfies all three!
Creating a home for yourself and the ones you love should reflect the people within it, and as taste is very personal, each home should be very different. I hope you will find some things on my site that create those good feelings in your home too.
I welcome you to visit Meadow Sweet Grove often for a little bit of folklore, comfy home cooking recipes and a look at the vintage treasures I have rescued and now offer to you in my store.
To quote Tigger... "TTFN"!