Or as the Swiss call it, "just another Thursday in November". 😁
(but they DO "celebrate" Black Friday!)
Today I've got another camera roll poem from a photo I took recently on walk in my neighborhood. It is especially timely as we are experiencing a housing crunch. According to the Zuger Zeitung newspaper,
"The vacancy rate for apartments in the canton of Zug is one of the lowest in Switzerland, at just 0.42%."
I am very thankful for our apartment.
And I am thankful that Zug at least offers affordable housing options for its tiniest resident.🐞
To celebrate Día de Muertos I am posting a throwback picture from 2016 when I lived in Tucson, Arizona.
To accompany my photo, I attempted a calavera literaria - a playful, satirical epitaph in verse. The instructions said to pick someone or something to eulogize that is not actually dead.
Buffy Silverman is this week's Poetry Friday host! Join us!
Thank you to Tabatha who shared a Pádraig Ó Tuama quote:
"Poetry doesn’t say we have to choose between happiness and sadness, between grief and relief, between catharsis and solitude. Poetry knows that there can always be more than one thing happening at a time.”
With Halloween almost upon us, I've 'found' myself participating in Jone's Spooky Spectacular Found Poem challenge.
Here's my attempt using Children of the Corn by Stephen King:
I'm scared out of my mind,
can't we just go?
that question caused
a trickle of fear
something to do with religion
YOU ARE NOW LEAVING GATLIN
NICEST LITTLE TOWN IN NEBRASKA
©2023, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.
I'm still working through the #scbwiArtober challenge on Instagram!
I'm particularly proud of a few of my most recent attempts, especially my (eye) "Shadow", "Stormy" and "Crackle" pictures. I continue to have fun with this challenge despite my lack of art training. That's all that matters, right?
Carol at The Apples in My Orchard has some serious birthday girl bat-titude as this week's Poetry Friday host! Join us, it's fang-tastic!
I am in a quandary.
Since today (Oct 20th) is my birthday (57th trip around the sun), I wanted to have a dance party.
But at the same time many, many people in the world are suffering. (too many!)
I've been trying to figure out how to reconcile my aching heart as I read the news with my happy heart when I dance or write poetry or run.
I've decided to lean hard into the happy because right now the world needs happy. We don't know what tomorrow will bring, so I believe we need to do everything in our power to put happy into the world today.
1. Happy Dance
Here is a dance video from my hubs, Joe and my brand new YouTube channel "Not Dead Yet Dancing".
We will post a #short dance video frequently. (Have I mentioned that Joe is a 💝gift everyday of the year? And those moves!🔥)
Smidgey is our audience of one...unless you subscribe. 😁
2. Happy Nap
Speaking of Smidgey, she's not dead yet either.
But she is getting old. Really old.
This December we will have had her for 14 years. When we picked her up from the Humane Society in Wisconsin they told us she was 2 years old. (I think because we said, "no puppies" on the form.)
There was no way she was 2, but the vet said that she had had a litter of puppies right before she was found wandering in a snowy field. By our calculations she's somewhere between 14.5 and16 years old.
In any case, our sweet girl is showing signs of her age. A few weeks ago she couldn't get up or down the stairs in our building and she stopped eating. We thought the end was here.
Then a few days later, she rebounded! 🐶
This past weekend she was feeling good enough to travel to Locarno where I had my 5K race. One of her naps in her favorite roll-y bed inspired this Camera Roll 23 poem:
3. Happy Run
Speaking of my 5K, thank you for the well wishes. I'm happy to report that I ran 2 minutes and 47 seconds faster than the 5K I ran in June!
I was still in the last batch of runners, mind you, but I'm improving my personal best. 🏃
Link below to your happy.
Or your heartfelt.
Or your pain.
We are here to lift each other up so we can dance, write or run another day and put happy into the world.
Inspired by Molly and her exploration of paths, I got to thinking about this photo I snapped of one of the running paths near my home.
Speaking of running...I'm away for the weekend participating in the Ascona-Locarno 5K run. Wish me luck*! I will do my best to visit all my Poetry Friday folks when I get back.
And speaking of brushstrokes, picking up where I left off last week, here are some more of my #scbwiArtober2023.
I highly recommend you check out the 'real' artist using this hashtag on IG...wow. Inspiring.
Oct. 7 - Echo
Oct. 8 - Spice
Oct. 9 - Moon
Oct. 10 - Sunflowers
Oct. 11 - Beast
Oct. 12 - Soccer
Oct. 13 - Burnt
*...not break a leg.😐
Enjoy this week's Poetry Friday Roundup at Catherine's place: Reading to the Core.
(And join ME here next week when I host...bring your dancing shoes!)