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:


Hartford Courant

Local Literary Events: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival And More
Hartford Courant
The Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington will present its second Sunday afternoon Sunken Garden Poetry Festival program on Sunday, Aug. 9. "Outspoken: Celebration Of Asian Poetry" will feature poets Li-Young Lee, who has won many ...

and more »

Longmont poetry group releases anthology
Longmont Times-Call
Now, the poets have come together to self-publish an anthology of their work, titled "The Poetry Jam Sessions." The collection features 12 local poets and over 50 poems. All of the poets except two are Longmont residents — the other two are from Boulder.


The Guardian

This children's poetry collection put a match to my imagination
The Guardian
It's a collection of poems, but to me back then who'd never heard of poetry, it was a storybook, hectic and cacophonous and bulging with ideas and observations that could set a six-year-old's head on fire. “In winter I get up at night and dress by ...


Poetry: Kevin Murphy, Matthew Brouwer perform Aug. 5 in park
The Bellingham Herald
Kevin Murphy and Matthew Brouwer share their original poetry, accompanied by guitar, drum, saxophone and wind chimes, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Maritime Heritage Park, Holly Street and Central Avenue. Both Bellingham poets perform regularly in ...


Timelessness in verse: Sholl underpins an argument for poetry in everyday life
Portland Phoenix (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog)
In February of this year The New York Times Magazine announced a revamped issue with new fonts, columns, writers, and most surprisingly the announcement that they planned to publish a poem each week: Poetry is often seen as a quaint preoccupation, ...


Chicago Tribune

Iris DeMent finds the poetry of Russia on 'The Trackless Woods'
Chicago Tribune
Iris DeMent recorded her latest album in her living room in five days with a group of friends, which sounds just about right. DeMent bides her time between albums until she feels fully invested in the music, and then plunges into it without making a ...

and more »

The Guardian

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry review – the importance of rhyme and reason
The Guardian
Although the chronological arc is shorter than that of the granddaddy anthology, Dimitri Obolensky's The Penguin Book of Russian Verse (1965), which included medieval oral poetry and a pair of important 18th-century literary writers, Lomonosov and ...


Cowboy Poetry and Rope-Maker Top the List of Historical Reenactors
Kndy Radio
Welborn, a cowboy poet born and raised near Meriden, will recite cowboy poetry throughout the day. Welborn's introduction to cowboy poetry came when he was four years old. The twelfth of fourteen children, when his older sister was having a baby ...


Plymouth Herald

Poetry and prose event top kick-start Plymouth Pride 2015
Plymouth Herald
AN evening of poetry and prose is being staged on Thursday, August 6, to mark next month's Plymouth Pride festivities. PCQ Arts will dedicate its regular Blackbooks event, which brings together a combination of spoken word and music performers, ...

and more »

New York Times

Review: From Israel, 'The Kindergarten Teacher,' a Drama About Poetry and ...
New York Times
As a hobby — or perhaps as a vehicle for unexpressed ambitions and frustrated desires — she attends a poetry workshop with other amateur versifiers. Then one day she witnesses a startling act of creation. One of her pupils, a cherubic, sleepy-eyed ...

and more »
Google News

Poetry in Turbulence

To many non-specialists of literature, poetry is deeply unsatisfying. There... Read More

Mechanical Poetry - Part Three

Have you ever read the lyrics of a Simon and... Read More

Review Of Stephen B. Wileys First Book Of Poetry: HERO ISLAND

Poet Stephen B. Wiley's first book of poetry, Hero Island,... Read More

Two Poems, with Figurative Language

Says Mr. Dennis Siluk, when asked to review his poetry... Read More

Robert Burns Love Poem: A Red, Red Rose

Robert Burns, a poor man, an educated man, and a... Read More

Tale of the: Old Hunter and the Golden Hare [In SPANISH and English now]

There once lived an old man and his goodwife On... Read More

Savage Nature: The Life of Ted Hughes

One of the most important poets of the post-war period,... Read More

The Crusader: A Search for the Virtue Inside (an excerpt of an Epic Poem)

On through the darkness she searches the bones Seeking the... Read More

Since Youve Been Gone...

My life has changedin so so many waysIt seems to... Read More

Top 20 Poetry Quotations

Explore the meaning of poetry and the motivation of poets... Read More

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Discussion of How Do I Love Thee?

"How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning was... Read More

Live For Today...

Isn't that what they say?But what does that mean?There's no... Read More

Infected Ideologies [a Poetic Portrait]

the disease of extremism is infectious-; whoever cannot think of... Read More

Ocean Heal Me

Ocean Heal MeOcean heal my wounds Let your waves curl... Read More

Two Poems and a Short Story

1)dying in the bar [sluggishly]yet, I would crawl too upto... Read More

House of the Goblin [Part Two of Three/with notes]

House of the Goblin [Part Two of Three]Here is where,... Read More

Farewell to Lester Graybill

I never met a man, who could shake my hand,... Read More

A Different Place...

I wish we had met 20 years ago... A different... Read More

The Time Has Come and Buzzing

Most of my poems are written late at night, often,... Read More

Become A Poet In Ten Minutes

Have you ever sat there staring at the paper, ready... Read More

Walt Whitman, Romance With a Stranger

The concept of brief encounters, even romantic encounters, with a... Read More

Expressing an Emotion - The Art of Writing Poetry

Writing poetry is an art, a way of expression, finding... Read More

The Gaul of La Laguna de Paca

Part OneI tell you a legend of long ago Of... Read More

Stone Beds [A Poem and an Advance]

Stone Beds [Pompeii's surge]Advance: after the great eruption of Pompeii's... Read More

Three Poems: Dona Leonors Revenge; The Old Moon; Common Sides [All in Spanish/all in English]

1) Doa Leonor's Revenge [1627 AD]Rafael Ortiz's fate Was... Read More