Friday, November 20, 2009

from the house of edward to willow manor

In honor of her recent 200th posting, the lovely Pamela Terry
hosted a drawing on her gorgeous blog, From the House of Edward.
Guess who was the lucky winner? Me! I won a copy of the famed
"Songwriter's", as she fondly calls him, Pat Terry's latest impressive
CD, Laugh for a Million Years. Wonderful music and I was especially
struck by his moving lyrics.

I held you like a rosary
prayed you like a prayer


from Outrun the Wind

Hop on over to Pamela's blog for details on how to order one for
yourself or someone you love. It would make a perfect holiday gift.

Her sweet big fluffy dog, Edward, included a delightful book of doggy
poetry, "Doggerel", which just happens to be one of the volumes of
Everyman's Pocket Poets I needed for my collection.

This poem by Mark Strand, jumped out and grabbed me. I can so
relate to this one, Edward. Arf! Thank you, and to your mistress,

Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basements stairs and coming up.
Their eyeballs roll,
their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.
She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
she screams.

I am a new man,
I snarl at her and bark,
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.


  1. Congrats on your win!

    I know someone who will love the book Doggerel

  2. Hooray! Congratulations lucky lady!

  3. If only my Amy was as talented as Edward. Congratulations on your win.

  4. Congrats to you Willow! Like Alan, if my Lexi was as talented as Edward, I'd put her photo up too!

  5. Good for you. Unexpected gifts are so much fun.

  6. Congrats! And that poem is so cool! My dog loving daughter would eat that up!

  7. Congratulations! And the poem is great. I, too, can relate to it. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  8. Congratulations on your win.

    I will have to buy a copy of that book for Lindsay, who doesn't seem to understand poetry.

    But she does understand eating.

  9. Congratulations, Willow. Surprises are always a nice surprise.

  10. Congrats on your win. I love the poem of eating the poetry. I feel that way towards books. I smell every new book I come across. I love the smell of pages and ink and binding.

  11. What a lovely and generous gift! I do like that poem I'm sure the music is wonderful too.

  12. Nice one - well deserved, I'm sure :-)

  13. Congrats on such a lovely win!

    Naughty, naughty dog! I've known a couple of those.

  14. So happy the gifts arrived safely, Willow, and thrilled that you are pleased with them. I'll be sure and tell The Songwriter you approve!!
    And Edward too, of course!

  15. The songwriter's words are beautiful. Love the doggerel.

  16. I can't begin to tell you how much I love the first two lines of the poem "Eating Poetry"...killer wonderful!
    Glad you had a win and always thank you for all your sharing!

  17. Oddly, I fixated on the title Outrun The Wind. A lullaby I sang to my children went, 'Where does the wind come from? Does anybody know? Where does the wind come from - before it starts to blow? Also, the Bible has a line in it that goes something like this...All is vanity, and that is like chasing the wind. We like minutiae, don't we?

  18. Congrats! :-)

    Love that poem!
    (She says and wipes the ink off her mouth.)

  19. Congratulations on your award and also on your 200th post! Great work, Willow!

  20. what a great idea.
    ...and how sweet.


  21. Happy you won.
    You deserve it. Because you have talent.


  22. congrats on the win! really like those lines you shared...just my style.

    eating poetry i was reminded of a film i was subjected to in which one character was forced to eat his books...until demise. though i do enjoy a tasty poem...which i often find here...

  23. Cheers to a winner & so nice of you to share the words. (Thanks for the visit the other day too - didn't see a single 'shooting star', sad to say but friends who wouldn't make the effort to stay up that night saw a DOOZY the NEXT night. Color me GREEN with envy & a bit perturbed at the injustice. Saved my wishin' for another blog post)

    The poem you shared is precious & has me hungry for more poetry though I can identify w/the librarian as it reminds me of a dog I once had who chewed the binding off my 1st edition Hemingway's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' years ago. :/

  24. And now you've won the vintage books from Corey! Good things happen in three' what's next :-)

  25. I haven't read this poem in years and years....thanks for allowing me to revisit it!

  26. Willow you dog, you scooped the pool and won the prize, and one from the famous Edward too. Some people have all the luck!

  27. I wrote an awful poem once while in college modeled after this one, called, "Along the great basin highway." If you are so bold (or crazy), here's the link...

  28. Just recently I'd been reading some Mark Strand - but I hadn't read that one yet. What a gem!

    Another fine and fascinating post!

  29. Nice quote and congratulations. you deserve it! How thoughtful of Edward to send a gift too! :)

  30. Ooooo ....Great lyrics!

    Thanks for the link. Off I go...

  31. I don't know Mark Strand but like that poem very much.
    And the new (?) picture on your header. Is that a famous painting? Should I know it?


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