Poetry Reading -who goes to those sorts of things…??

In truth I am impressed by those who write poetry.  My sense of poetry has always been with the concept that poetry should have a sense of rhyme and kind of bounce to it with some sort of cadence.  I’ve had a  tendency to shy away from those poems that didn’t fit into the rhythm and rhyme sense of verse so tonight was definitely a night which challenged those predetermined ‘needs’.

I was invited to support a local poet from my aquatic-therapy class ( this poet is also in the aqua- therapy class).  I had wavered on my commitment to meet with two friends from the class.  Poetry reading! I’ve never intentionally gone to such an event.  Tonight was a definite treat and I am grateful I was willing to allow myself to partake and enjoy the fruits of two very talented poets as they painted vibrant pictures with their  a rich landscape of words.

The two poets we heard from were Ellen Bass & Chana Bloch.  Listening to these two poets read their work took me past my preconceived notions that poems must be based on rhyme to be good or enjoyable.  Two masters at the art of painting with words took us on a journey through different phases of their life.

The poetry Ellen read seemed based on relationships and maybe a sort of advice.  Her descriptive words captivated and drew me into her world even when I would have preferred to have not been drawn in so far.  (Her poem ‘What did I love‘ about her participating in the killing of the chickens she would eat was more descriptive than I would prefer on this subject but certainly worthy of a listen or a read before your next chicken dinner).  I enjoyed her poetry and her descriptions as needed preceding and following that set the appropriate stages.  A canvas full of a vast array of colour was painted with her words and descriptions.

Chana’s poems brought you to a destination.  The poems she read took you to a landscape and point in time.  Her family roots in Russia and her Jewish background set most of the stage.  I appreciated the subject matters and the brevity of her words.  Chana’s poems (at least the ones shared) concisely illustrated her story.  I didn’t feel like there was a landscape of millions of colours presented before me in her words but rather an honest, to the point, journey and resulting destination.

Chana and Ellen are clear masters at their craft with the outstanding ability to captivate and paint with words. These two incredibly talented women with  diverse styles, opened my eyes to and ears, to a renewed appreciation and respect of poetry and the poets.


Fair Weather Sports Fan

logo2I admit it.  I am not a big sports fan by any means except for maybe the real football otherwise known as soccer in this country.  I don’t stay up on soccer/football anymore except as the World Cup gets close etc. but I’m not here to talk about football but rather basketball!

The main thing I like about basketball is the speed of the game.  Things can change in an instant and scoring seems so effortless for so many of the players and especially Mr. MVP himself, Steph Curry.

Tonight the the Warriors managed to outplay the Memphis Grizzlies and set themselves up to advance yet again to face an opponent yet to be determined.  You can easily find out all the highlights from anywhere online but the highlight to me is the sportsmanship shown by both teams before they left the court.

Both teams displayed true respect and admiration for one another.  The Grizzlies gave the Warriors a run for their money from game one.  At the end of the day the real winners were both teams by virtue of their ability to exhibit grace and strength and show the world that in spite of winning or losing they are all great athletes and gentlemen.   The Grizzlies didn’t rush off with their heads down; they stuck around and embraced their opponents.   More than that, stopped and had conversations.

This is sportsmanship at its finest.  The Warriors are a team to be proud of and I am proud of them.  I haven’t heard of any scandals following them around as there have been in other sports.  When I have watched the Warriors play I’ve watched a team that plays like a team and is a humble team.  Steph Curry is the MVP because of his outstanding ability to take those incredibly difficult shots which appear so easy for him.  The Warriors, as a team, deserves the same MVP award in my book.  They are all so very talented and make it obvious that is the teamwork that makes them all valuable and obviously the attitude starts at the top and Steve Kerr, their coach seems to lead by a great example.

Well done Warriors and keep up the good work!