Monday, February 8, 2016

On the Road, In a Well

Ain't no tellin' where the wind might blow
Free and easy down the road I go
Livin' life like a Sunday stroll
Free and easy down the road I go
~Dierks Bentley

Kicking off Monday with Keri Collins Lewis' "The Morning Commute." There were a lot of choices for matching Keri's noisy nomads with a song. One of the first things I thought of was Steve Winwood's "Can't Find My Way Home." Here's Keri's poem:

The Morning Commute
by Keri Collins Lewis

Mama hissed a warning.
The speeding car beeped.
Papa Gander honked and flapped.
Goslings dashed and peeped.
Once they crossed the busy road
the family paused and then,
they changed their minds
and waddled back across the road again.

When I thought about other song matches for those traveling geese, ones with a more positive spin came to mind such as "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ("Home is wherever I'm with you") and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" by Dierks Bentley:


Keri made matches with my poems, too. She paired "The Frog Prince Tries to Catch Her Eye" with "I've Been Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Foreigner. I got such a kick out of that!

She also matched my "The Old Ship" (which seems popular for matching) with "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison (how many hundreds of times did I listen to that album?):

Isn't it fun watching all the different places these matches can go? Thanks, Keri!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cleo 1998-2016

What greater gift than the love of a cat?
~Charles Dickens

Nobody enjoyed themselves more than Cleo. Whether she was lounging around staring at a wall or letting someone use her as a pillow, Cleo was utterly content 95% of the time. As my older daughter noted, there's something special about someone who starts purring just because you walk into the room. Rest in peace, my furry friend.

Friday, February 5, 2016

At The Trumpet Flower

Gratias agimus tibi (Thank you)

Before I do today's matches, I want to let you know that I've made my dad's poetry book available as a pdf (with his permission!). Click here to get it.

The first match of the day is "Zen Garden" by Joy Acey with "In the Mood" by Robert Plant. Joy's poem is all about perspective, perception, and attitude, and "In The Mood" is flush with adaptability and a positive mindset. (This live version really shows Robert Plant in the mood, but the audio is not as clear).

Zen Garden

by Joy Acey

Some see only the gravel
and the rocks
needing raking.

See an arid land
where dust and dirt accumulates,
where nothing will grow.

Some see the same rock pile
of islands in a vast sea,

Or mountains
reaching through the clouds
striving upwards.

Today I am a rock.
Let me be an ocean island.
Let me be a misty cloud


I matched Robyn Hood Black and Vivaldi (performed excellently by the University of North Texas College of Music). They have resisted all attempts to use words to explain their connection. You will have to dip in to get a taste.

my small insights

a hummingbird

at the trumpet flower

~Robyn Hood Black


The very charming Michelle Heidenrich Barnes made a match of one of my own poems this week. Thanks, Michelle! I'm going to be sharing matches by Keri Collins Lewis on Monday (poem-song matches do double-duty for Music Monday and Poetry Friday).

Today's Poetry Friday round-up is at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Thanks, Tricia!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Art of Encouraging Nature, Contained

Don't you remember that love, like medicine, is only the art of encouraging nature?
~Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

I know other people may not be as interested in these as I am, but I'm afraid my thought process went something like this: "What would you like to see this week, Tabatha?" "Medicine chests, Tabatha!" "Great idea, Tabatha!" "Why, thank you!"

Medicine chest with glass bottles with silver lids

Terra Nova (Antarctic) Expedition med chest, 1910-1913

Medicine chest, wooden, iron-bound and brass covered, lock

'Tabloid' medicine chest in metal case used by Teddy Roosevelt

Sheraton medicine chest, Europe, 1720-1800

Genoese medicine chest (the image below is a close-up of the same chest)

Medicine chest made for Vincenzo Giustiniani (1500s)
photo by Garrett Coakley

Monday, February 1, 2016

Don't Blame it on the Sunshine

You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
Last-minute panic.
~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Is it a bad idea to kick off the workweek with a little procrastination and some excuses?

We have another in our series of blame distribution posts. Before, we've wondered whether to blame "me" or "not me." Now, we know the fault is with "The Boogie." This is also a poem-song match.

I matched "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Procrastination" by Buffy Silverman (with thanks to Wallace Stevens) with multiple songs:

We'll end with a song by punk band Fugazi that encourages you to get up! :-) ("I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait/My time is water down a drain/...Ahhh... Come on and get up!")

A link for Todd Rundgren.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Matches, The Weather Report

I hear the Wind Woman running with soft, soft footsteps over the hill. I shall always think of the wind as a personality. She is a shrew when she blows from the north -- a lonely seeker when she blows from the east -- a laughing girl when she comes from the west -- and tonight from the south a little grey fairy.
~L.M. Montgomery

We have snow, stars, wind, and ice poem-song matches today! Heidi contributes her "Independence Day Graffiti," which she matched, rather naturally, with the Star-Spangled Banner.

Independence Day Graffiti
by Heidi Mordhorst

Oh say can you see
by the winter’s pale light
where I scratched my initials
in the fresh-poured cement

I got off of my bike
while the cars whistled by
found a sharp sturdy stick
squatted by the new sidewalk

And my letters were clear
and my flag wasn’t square
all my stars and my stripes
seemed to ripple in air

Oh say does my snow-spangled banner yet wave?
Yes my mark is still there since the day I was brave!


I matched Julie Larios' poem about a runaway kite, "No Strings Attached," with "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans ("I will soar away like the blackbird/I will blow in the wind like a seed").


I matched Donna's "Heart of Snow" with O.K. Go's "This Too Shall Pass" because you know, just like spring sun, morning comes again.

Addendum: The weather report in sum is this quote and this song.

The Poetry Friday round-up is at Reading to the Core. Thanks, Catherine!

Previous matches: Matches I (with Matt Forrest Esenwine, Liz Steinglass, and Amy LV) and Poem-Song Match-Ups: Communication Difficulties Edition (with me and Mary Lee)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greener Venues

I tell you it has taken me all my life
to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels
~Lisel Mueller, "Monet Refuses the Operation"

On my sixteenth birthday, my French class took a trip to Washington D.C. to see Les Miserables and visit a French Impressionism exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. What a birthday that was! I couldn't see Les Mis well (my seat wasn't very good), but the Impressionists were a spectacular gift.

The world around me may be snow-covered, but we can always visit greener venues:

Le Bassin des Nympheas
by Claude Monet

Chemin Montant
by Gustave Caillebotte

A Rest in Rotten Row, Hyde Park
by Rose Maynard Barton

The Basket Chair
by Berthe Morisot

Eugene Manet and His Daughter in the Garden, 1883
by Berthe Morisot

Summer, 1909
by Frank Weston Benson

Banks of the Yerres
by Gustave Caillebotte

Le jardin aux pavots
by Robert Antoine Pinchon

In case you want to read all of Monet Refuses the Operation, here's the link.