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My Night With Irene


Good night, Irene. Good night, Irene. I'll see you in the streams.

I spent the night and all morning worrying about a cat and her kitten that my neighbor abandoned outside. I didn't realize they were out there and what bad shape they were in until last Thursday. I rushed to the store and got some cat food that I started feeding them before the hurricane came. When I saw the pair this afternoon after the worst of the rain had passed, I felt so relieved. Tomorrow I am calling the SPCA to see if they will come and rescue them. Another neighbor told me the mother cat has been declawed! Dear God/dess Almighty.

Abandoned, starving cats made me think of abandoned starving people around the world. Lip service as usual?

I close my eyes.

worry worry worry
 
worry about my neighbor on dialysis. will the road be clear so he can go to his regular monday morning appointment? will my friend and his 93 year old mother, who is growing senile, lose power? what about my own 76 year old mother who lives alone along the coast in NC? what about my niece and her daughter who live in myrtle beach? how about my sister in western MA who road out Hugo in a bathtub over 20 years ago and then watched the Katrina coverage in disbelief?

power plants shutting down in VA while Japan's prime minister resigns. time to worry about my friends who live several miles from Indian Point? which way is the wind blowing, blowing blowing blowing hard rain falling

which way which way every
which way and loose

the buddha’s path to enlightenment:
love something and then
extrapolate

extrapolation is making me late
keeping me waiting
but I’ll try to see into their eyes right
now, to stay right here
cause these are the good old days
these are

skittery jittery didgeridoo
stop the world and let me off
I’m tired of going round and round
the shaking keeps me steady
I should know what falls
away is always and is
near what

a !@#$ mess we’ve made

transformers exploding
but not before I learn
12/21/12 is the predicted
past due date

tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
creeps upon this petty pace

but we’re gonna have a party
a tea party don’t
expect the government
to protect you

or as my friend Herman used
to say: be very kind to each other
and remember who loves you

the need for power
power grids
see the connection?
lights flickering
I almost do

Yet another neighbor refers to my cat abandoning neighbor as white trash. I don’t know. Her life is in chaos. Emergency room visit after punching a wall. Can’t pay the rent. Doesn’t even collect her mail. Caring for cats is the least of her worries. Turning them out and relying on the kindness of strangers. Am I that stranger? Et tu? Stranger than who? Strangers, then who?

Why love what you will lose?
There is nothing else to love.

1, 2, 3 & counting
the sirens so far
this evening

(some lines borrowed from lead belly, belew & stevenson, roethke, dylan, simon, shakespeare, eastwood, paul, gluck, etc.)

Last edited by Katlin, Aug/28/2011, 7:21 pm
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Thank you for this jangled, vulnerable note from the field. I am glad and relieved to know
you're OK.

Fine writing, great title.

Chris
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This reminded me of growing up in ustateall NY and the storms we'd have. Coccooning inside while the soaking wind battered at the house, there was a fear, yes, a fear of an end, but I recall also an excitement, as if somehing new was being prepared ouside. A new nature, a new world.. (one wihout run-on sentences) emoticon fel

I hope you and your family are ok. Loved the flow and humanity of this writing, the way the numerous thought-thread are tied togeher.

alki
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This is such good writing. A field note, true journalism. Journal writing like when all you have between you and the storm is a note pad. By the time I got to the end unaccounted for tears were backing up behind the eyes.

Tere
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Thanks all for reading and letting me vent. Everyone I know is okay. A few are without electricity. There are some trees down and minor flooding in the area. The county is expecting the clean up to take days and cost millions of dollars, but nothing here like they are seeing upstate.

Tere, I do love the freedom of expression this forum accomodates.
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Me too, Kat. It was a happy day when the forum got made. A place where one does not have to write to expectations of any sort. For almost thirty years I kept a journal. Journal, diary, workbook all in one. In other words field notes. Best writing and thinking exercise I've ever conducted. I am glad the forum was there for you last night. You used it to advantage.

Tere
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