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10 May 21 Guest Poet: Hayden Saunier Dog & Horse etc.

Hang on to your terza rima!  Batten down your poetic hatches! If you haven’t read Hayden Saunier before, you are in for a treat, a few shocks, and perhaps – just perhaps – a seismic shift in your idea of what poetry can be. Horace would not approve. Fortunately, I suspect that Ms. Saunier has enough grit not to care. My fellow writers frequently label me as a poet of the dark side. I retort that I am not Gary Larson’s half-sister. Ms. Saunier, however, could definitely be his relative, without the sense of humor. Consider the third poem, first – “The One and the Other.” What a mix of pixie dust and unyielding rope! The paradoxes reign, and readers must puzzle out the twain.  As regular readers of these Monday posts know, I am more than fond of poems about animals, so I’ve included one about a dog and one about a horse. But these poems are so much more than encounters with our fellows. They are the stuff of mystery revealed. POEMS Hayden Saunier 14 Degrees Below Zero in the Grocery Stor
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I See You: A Mother's Message

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Mea Culpa

 On 4/24/2021 at 6:00 a.m.: The alleged perpetrator Mr. X cleans ashes from the stove of his guesthouse, setting the bucket in the porch area. 12:30 p.m.: Mr. X scatters the allegedly dead ashes in the bucket in the tall grass south of the guesthouse. He then goes for a walk north of the guest house. Upon his return he notices a large section of burning grass to the south. He feels the awe and terror  felt by Moses on seeing the burning bush in the wilderness.  Mr. X extends a garden hose towards the fire. Knowing this hose will be too short, he goes to the basement for the in-house hoses. The hoses are on a caddy which twists and turns as it clatters up the narrow basement stairs. X pauses at the top of the stairs to catch his breath then returns to the fire.  The fire is burning in a large circle, moving mostly to the east and south It pauses as the wind dies, then takes off again in the gusts. X begins dousing the fire trying to reach the leading edge. As he pulls more hose out, he

Sometimes Redundancy Is Necessary

 Thursday, May 6th, 2021                                       Chairman Joe sent me an email on April 30th, 2021 which contained this advice from Annie Dillard, an American writer best known for her meditative essays on the natural world. "One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” So herein begins the end of my hoarding.   Sometimes Redundancy Is Unfortunately Necessary    When

Word-Wednesday for May 5, 2021

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Wannaskan Almanac for May 4, 2021...But of Course, May the Fourth be With You

 It is May 4, 2021. "May the force be with you. "  It is one of the most famous movie quotes ever.  Most people think that it was first uttered by Obi-Wan in an address to Luke Skywalker.  Most people are wrong though.  The first character to say this was General Dodonna before the Death Star battle in "A New Hope."  The second person to say it, just moments later, was Han Solo.  It is possible that Chewie did say it before that, but you would have to be able to speak Wookie to know for sure. What are some other things that people are usually wrong about?  Let me give you a tough one.  What is the name of that big clock tower in London?  If you said "Big Ben", you are wrong.  Big Ben is actually the name of the big bell inside the tower.  The actual name of the tower is the Elizabeth Tower.  I know that I often mislead you on the facts, so I won't be offended if you look that up now.  If you feel like sending a picture of your stunned face when you rea