Welcome to the Town of Feeling

Happy, Sad, Mad and Glad,
Moved in down the street

Cautious watched them, from her window,
Wondering, which one should I meet?

Confused came in with overwhelmed and said,
"The Panics have come to town"

Then Hopeful called the carefulls,
And said that Happy was a clown.

Anxious came in with the news,
Confident had called a town meeting

To take a vote for Mayor,
And to Welcome the new neighbors to Feeling.

Feeling was a busy town,
Always on the go

Happy was voted as Feeling's Mayor,
While Confident decided to go.

Happy took the Mayors Job and took it seriously.

Thinking the town,
Would be so much better off,

If everyone were Happy.

Now Happy asked for their suggestions,
Saying yes to everyone.

Soon, Happy was out and Chaos was in,
Chaos was on the run.

Gathering the folks from Feeling,
Chaos ran from house to house,

While Bored and Lonely ran into town,
And were quiet as a mouse.

While Chaos was running with Crazy,
Happy called Confident and Calm,

They knew that Lazy was out of the question,
For it was nearly dawn.

When the two groups came together,
They wondered "Who will it ever be?"

Who would watch over the town of Feeling,
and keep it rodent free?

Happy, Sad, Mad and Glad,
Were chosen on the spot

Then balanced and joyful came to town,
They were the best house on the lot.

The people that lived in Feeling,
Well, they came and then they went

The time they had with neighbors and friends,
Was definitely time well spent.

When you find yourself in Feeling,
Remember to take it slow,

Making friends in this wonderful place,
Is the only way to go.

Mary Pat uses the recovery process to get to know her feelings in a personal way. You can too. http://www.reflectingrace.com

In The News:


William Rewak, SJ: The worlds of technology and poetry are not so far apart
San Jose Mercury News
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Nick Cannon Releasing Poetry Book For Children In 2015
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Award-winning poet leads poetry, memoir workshop
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Telegraph.co.uk

Return to Betjemanland, BBC Four, review: 'proper poetry'
Telegraph.co.uk
In Return to Betjemanland (BBC Four), his biographer AN Wilson gave a fine account of the television broadcaster and former poet laureate's loves and locations. Most of all, Betjeman was rooted in place: Cornwall, where he was buried in 1984; Oxford, ...
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CBC.ca

Zaccheus Jackson, 36, dies in train accident 2:14
CBC.ca
A void has been ripped into the lives of family, friends and Canada's spoken word community with the death of 36-year-old Zaccheus Jackson this week. Jackson, who became a fixture and inspiration in Vancouver's slam poetry scene starting nine years ago ...

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The Sutter Brothers present poetry, song, and stories at the Edge
Herald Review
The Edge Center in Bigfork welcomes the Sutter Brothers of Duluth with their music, poetry, and stories for an entertaining afternoon at 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 7. Ross specializes in music with Scandinavian, Celtic, and American folk traditions sung and ...


SPECTRA poetry reading series returns to Rozz-Tox
Quad City Times
SPECTRA poetry reading series returns to Rozz-Tox: The SPECTRA Reading Series will start its fall season with acclaimed young poets Adam Clay, Alex Lemon and Tyler Mills at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island. The show is ...


East Anglian Daily Times

Review: The Poetry Prom, Snape Maltings,
East Anglian Daily Times
I didn't know what to expect from the Poetry Prom. Both location and name seemed to suggest it would be a rather highbrow affair full of sombre, intellectual wordplay. However, Poetry Trust director, Naomi Jaffa, soon dispelled any of these ...


Snark and sexting are making Patricia Lockwood a young poetry star
Public Radio International
At age 32, Patricia Lockwood is making a splash in the poetry world — as you might expect, considering that her rise to literary fame included the publication of a 1200-word poem called "Rape Joke." ...


Students invited to compete in national poetry contest
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
JUNEAU — This semester, Alaska's high school students have the opportunity to take their poetry-reading or writing skills to the national level. Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with Alaska ...

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