Amy Barlow Liberatore… stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz

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WIsc WInter 001Artwork © Amy Barlow Liberatore

Wisconsin Winter Weather

Weather winces
Wisconsinites, whether
winkled or wrinkled

Why would we winter
where winds’re
wild, wooly?

Woven, wistful warmth within

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

For Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, as well as ABC Wednesday – this week, of course, the letter W! “Amy Bawwo Wiberatowe”


Diva (little cat feet)
Diva pic
Cats change the landscape of plans.
When orphaned Diva poked her head
out of hiding, a loving thread
filtered from her heart to ours.

She sniffs shoes, jumps at
her own shadow, eats bread crumbs
off the kitchen floor. She defies
gravity, leaping from carpet
to couch back with ease at 11 years.

She salts us with the reality that
we are parents again.

Her soft breath, her purr,
sends me into blissout mode.
We all sense the sea change
and we love it.

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

For The Sunday Whirl (see Wordle HERE); also in the margins at Poets United and Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. We adopted Diva this week, and she’s a vocal little old girl whose “daddy” died suddenly… she’s grieving, plus she was scared by two of the man’s daughter’s more aggressive cats. Still a bit hand shy, she will climb up on my lap (when she’s ready) and purr… sounds of the heart. Peace, Amy