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Happiness & Sorrow
by Michael A. Guy

Sunday, May 25, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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RePosting this for June. And please click out to my piano music found on my website. I can't seem to post the music direct here in the window. It is worth reading the poem there in its "Heavenly Setting" (a picture of my dear old cat in her "Heaven") AND to listen to the soft, lulling piano melody, "SeaBreeze in G" A sweet tune I will now always associate with my dear old cat: Look-a-Like who passed on April 29, 2008
Being a bit of a lonely life out here in the Backwoods of Florida, I guess I was too broke up to write about it back then. I sort of regret that I didn't journalize her last days, especially the last Sunday evening befor I had to take her down on Tuesday. I'm sure she wasn't feeling well but it was such a beautiful evening twilight with the stars shining and a breeze (rare in FL after April) and she (my cat) tried to follow me down the driveway but couldn't make it. She was very sick... and so it goes.
MY MUSIC: Seabreeze in G. To hear that please open a window to my website and let the music download.
michael


 

 
Happiness and Sorrow
 
The days pass so fast.
Does it ever slow down? Time IS relative; to what I don’t know.
The calendar pages, at first saved, a few journalized
Now torn and trashed monthly – more blank days with each passing year.
The entries in my weather-log, now seem few and far between
That was me, marking my time by such atmospheric ways…
The air above my days forms and re-forms -- the clouds of time come and go;
Setting forth each morning to sail my Florida skies,
They set and die with evening – sometimes in soft swirls & wisps of fading pastels
The dry days, the rain days, the cloudless and clouded;
So I, the weather-watcher, should well know the inevitability and wisdom
            of ever-changing change….
 
Something still pulls deep, plucking on my heartstrings-
            The transience of it all…
I struggle to hold a moment. Or let it go and know it for
Nothing more than a shuttle to salvation,
(the) A train on its way to Your Country and these days,
Like so many window frames of a countryside flashing by -
                                     Then before I'm born, I surely die.
 
Images, like echoes fading, the year's “Special Moments”
Remembered, then (seemingly) forgotten, re-surfacing for a minute.
And I, rushing to etch them in some solid-frame of words or thought
            Before they’re gone or race off the edge of the year uncaught -
            The laughter and wonder;
            We marched, rolling like thunder
            through our Florida days of endless summer,
            OF TOGETHERNESS OBLIVIOUS
            We happy but not necessarily aware,
            Sharing whatever it was we could share.
Each day little intimacies, creatures simple as we could understand:
            at dawn.... silent observation of life awakening – me with my tea, you squatting on the garage pavement, staring, sniffing (if only you could still hear)
            at dusk.... stars blinking in, one by one, the “Seabreeze in G” filtering in, softly ( relief from the dry, hot Spring… And you: squatting again, head poking above wild weeds – or, still struggling to follow me down    
            the rough drive- the twilight walks on the track (not making it lately)…
And in all our little meeting times throughout the day (Togetherness oblivious).
The morning greeting (you “pawed” me as I tumbled by your perch – to make that tea) - The evening walk (I know why you couldn’t make it of late)
The small talk and the nonsense: mostly one-sided ramblings,
            but you used to chime in, in your own way and vocabulary…
But most of all, one thing other friends like you never had:
You did look me in the eyes - and really did smile into mine as I patted your head (Was it so hard for you to do of late?) Now it’s over (here) Gone…
            and I remember:
We - Together, OBLIVIOUS - Relative to a fateful day fast approaching....
 (Too fast)
For: Looky (short for Look-a-Like) my 17 year companion cat> September 7, 1991 - April 29th, 2008
 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/31/2008
Loosing a beloved pet is like loosing a member of the family. My sincere condolences go out to you! Animals give so much and do not ask a lot in return. I really liked the poem. It shares the intracacies of life and has a lot of depth. Well done!......M
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/27/2008
So very sorry for your loss, Michael. Felines truly do make wondrous friends, and once earned, their affection is truly life long. I lost my dear feline friend of 20 years a year ago, and I still miss him every day.
Reviewed by Charlie 5/26/2008
The poem pulses with life and love, Michael, as does your beautiful "Seabreeze in G"-- my favorite of your new CD (which is really good, by the way.) Looky seems like a very fine companion, and 17 is such a very, old age for a cat. You both were lucky to have each other. Take Care. --Charlie
Reviewed by John Leko 5/26/2008
..."Happiness & Sorrow"...and time...given to recognize both...the beauty of gain and loss...all of it...in some way knowing...but never thinking...that tomorrow might soon come. The eyes have it all...as your friend so willingly...shared with you.
pen of the heart well written Michael...
John
Reviewed by David Hightower 5/26/2008
Michael - The genuineness of your heartfelt words come through powerfully in this poem. I'm sure Looky (love the name) would have understood the sentiment if not the words. I sympathize with your pain, but then that is the price we pay for caring, a price worth paying, painful as it is. The phrase, "We - Together, OBLIVIOUS" really expresses the relationship. You've done Looky proud. - David
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 5/25/2008
Michael,

This absolutely broke my heart. I have a dear feline friend that won't be with me much longer, and the impending doom really hurts.
Terrific write.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/25/2008
I know what Looky ment to you as I have Kitty Kay and would be lost if anything were to ever happen to her Larry. Thank you for sharing a beautiful write and I wish you the best in keeping your site for your music is great.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 5/25/2008
A veru nice tribute to Looky, it is difficult I am sure. I lost my dog last year, I stll have 2 cats and one dog here. Maybe soon it will be time to share yourself with another furry friend who needs a home. Anyway I hope you keep your site, try myspace also.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/25/2008
Looky was precious, and so is your poem. Hope that you can find a way to keep your site open. If not, maybe you can use MySpace or YouTube to carry on. Will envy your trout fishing this summer

Ron
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/25/2008
This brought tears to my eyes. Memories of a beloved friend --even though the ramblings were one-sided--never fade. I am so sorry for your loss

hugs & kisses
B
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/25/2008
Sorry to hear of your kitty's passing; you are in my prayers! Powerful tribute to a furry friend! Very well written!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/25/2008
Michael,

I'm so sorry about the loss of your beloved friend - powerfully penned tribute - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/25/2008
Salutations on behalf of Erato and Euterpe.

Loss has been fuel of the dynamo of creativity to many artists in all fields of creation.

Blessed are those that can create wonders in sorrowful moments.

I have enjoyed the reading of "Happiness & Sorrow".

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/25/2008
Michael,
I read this aloud, because at first in my head reading silent I felt I was missing some element of this write....WOW!! Spoken outloud this beautiful soul filled page reaches across all & past Florida. Your words are poetic elegance & the emotion is so very embraceful.
This is a very lovely write!
She Truely Still Blesses Your Heart.
I am sorry for your loss also. 17 years is a long life to share.
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Vickie
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