One Hundred Year Poetry Celebration

Hey! I won honorable mention again in the Friends of the West Roxbury Library poetry contest! I’m happy.  The theme was “wonder” and I spied a bust of Shakespeare that inspired the poem. (see bottom of page)

 

One Hundred Year Celebration

I wonder what

the Bard is thinking

surveying the library

for lovers of verse

from his perch

placed by the West Roxbury Shakespeare Classes

in 1924

I wonder what

the Bard is thinking

hearing the joy of our contest

of our odes and sonnets and sestinas

as we work and play with words

’till poems comes forth

in 2024

Copyright 2024 Christopher Donahue

inscription      the Bard

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A Clementines and Pistachios Christmas

My parents grew up in the Depression. Creature comforts were scare and probably never more so than during the Christmas season.

And that’s why it was a big deal in the 1930s when my Mom and Dad would get a box of “Clementines” tangerines and a bag of pistachios.

The years have gone by Christmastime is here again. My mom passed more than a decade ago and my Dad passed in April.

This is the first Christmas I will have without either parents. (Don’t be sad I’m old).

But it won’t be the last Christmas with Clementines and Pistachios!

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With A Friend Like Joel

My friend Joel is full of surprises. Last Saturday morning, he called to say he would be stopping by with the latest one.  We had no idea but looked forward expectantly!!!

Well, just imagine our surprise when Joel showed up with several barrels of fresh HORSE MANURE!   It was November and six months early for summer tomatoes but we nonetheless were very grateful.

With a friend like Joel… the horse must be next!!!

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Mowing the Leaves and a Changing of the Guard

Every New Englander knows, mowing the leaves is an art not a science.

I was surveilling my back yard last weekend before raking the leave and then mowing the lawn. The lawn mowing would probably for the last time for the year. But,  the first thing I noticed was that there weren’t too many bright red and yellow leaves on the lawn at all. Maybe I could forgo raking and just mow the few leaves!   Just a few leaves wouldn’t make a mess and I could put the lawn mower away for the winter.

So, I did.

The lawn looked fine and  I let the lawnmower run out of gas. After that, I put the special fuel in for the winter, and my trusty lawnmower was ready for its long winter nap.

And then I fired up the snowblower for the first time this season!

The seasonal changing of the guard!!!

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Washed Away

September is winding down and so is this soggy summer.  The incessant rains long ago  washed away year’s tomato crop.

And apparently, the monsoons washed away all the bunnies too. Once incredibly ubiquitous, the rabbits have basically disappeared from my back yard. I’m sure the bunnies were disappointed by the sparse tomato crop too. I can’t say that’s why they left or where all the bunnies went.

But, I do expect them all back in the spring!

And we’ll do it all over again!

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Water World

A wet and soggy July is steaming to a sweltering end. I have no idea if the heat has anything to do with the start of the anthroprocene era, but an ice age would feel great right about now.

Unfortunately, it’s been raining so much my tomato plants are in terrible condition. Two of them have been re-planted to pots and put on the porch. The rain really has been extraordinarily heavy and consistent.

Hopefully, we get some heat and the green tomatoes will all ripen.

Otherwise, our annual BLT festival may be in peril.

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June and My Inner Cozy

Cold and rainy June is drawing to a close. And now’s the time to face the fact I must leave my warm nest and get outside. The problem is that since the pandemic and the lock downs I’m really comfy staying home. The pandemic basically unleashed my inner cozy and it’s still on the loose. In the house, with my cat and coffee and crosswords.

But with July beckoning with the best of Summer weather, there’s no better time to ditch my inner cozy and get out there to have fun and be sociable.

If only it would only stop raining.

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Year of The Rabbit

It is the Year of the Rabbit!

My tomatoes are in trouble and I haven’t even planted them!

Rabbits are running all over my back yard. And that’s because the rabbit population in these parts has exploded since the pandemic. There are a startling number of friendly bunnies now calling our leafy back-yard home. Obviously, there’s at least one mamma and poppa out there but there are now many bounding little fur balls who dive through the little holes in the chain link fence with ease.

My gardening challenge this summer will be finding a way the tomatoes and bunnies can peacefully co-exist.

Chicken-wire perhaps? I wonder if there’s anything bunny specific!

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A Very Nice Valentine’s Day

Recently, I’ve been helping take care of my elderly Dad who is getting over a little illness. Despite his age and not feeling 100% he still is true to himself.

Even if he forgot it is Valentine’s Day!

When I was growing up, my father would always get my Mom, my sisters, and me little boxes of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.   And that’s why I bought heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for my Dad and sister this year.

Not to be out done, my Dad shuffled off for a bit and came back with hand-made Valentine’s card’s for my sister and me.

What a nice Valentine’s Day!

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The Return of Winter Evenings

Winter has returned. It was touch and go for most of January but wintry real deal has finally showed up. Late in the night, with my cat, I watched the snow coming down in the still and quiet. Roused from slumber by some unknown reason, we looked out at the empty, snow covered streets.

It was so relaxing and pleasant it made me want to stay up and enjoy the moment…for a couple hours!

But, that would not be conducive to being productive the following day.

So,  I returned to my slumbers.

And somewhere dancing in my head was the fact the record setting winter of 2015 didn’t get started until the end of January!!!

Uh-oh!

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