Please be advised …

Please be advised that “Poetikat” is no more.
It was time for her to go to bed.

This blog is now comprised of current imaginings
and the chaos of the past ten years.

Dig deep enough
in the archives,
and you will find her

the person I used to be
when my home was somewhere else,
my father lived, my mom lived with him (not me)
and four of my now-dead cats made our lives

Please be advised
that in these pages, some photographs
have been lost.

Inside, you might find,
a recipe, an ancestor, a piece of poetry
or a movie review. Or maybe a photo of my garden.

It is time to pull things together,
but not time to let go, entirely.

Please be advised, that things change
and so have I.

Kathleen Mortensen © 2017

P.S. Please be advised that some links may be broken. To view them, search the key words in the search box in the sidebar. 😉


Keeping Up Appearances

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I have a confession to make: I am compulsive when it comes to finding new blogs that I enjoy, getting swept up in the moment and signing on to follow them. Do you do this too?

The problem with this is that I get swamped with responsibility to far too many folks at one time, I start to fall behind and then I feel guilty.

I’ll admit, it’s nice to see your “Followers” mosaic get larger and larger—to see those numbers rise, isn’t it? The thing is (and I’m really bad at this) it becomes an obsession. (Maybe it’s just me— I don’t know.)

I have to start looking at the bigger picture and ask myself, why am I really doing this blog (or these blogs) in the first place? Is it for the accolades that it affords my poetry or writing? Not really. I’m just pleased if you enjoy it; I’m not obsessed with praise. Is it because I need to feel that hundreds of people are hanging on my every word? Nope. I’m content to have one or two people who like to stop in periodically. Is it to watch the numbers rise in my statscounter? (I’ll admit, the math/numbers-lover in me DOES watch that the feedburner numbers to see where they are each day), but the real reason I am here is to write. That’s it.

I have been feeling overwhelmed lately with the number of blogs to which I am attached. That’s not to say that I want to drop you all like hot potatoes; it’s just that I need to free myself of the whole “Following” notion.

My good friend Sarah at the Circles of Rain blog has recently taken the big step (although she only just started “following”) of advising everyone that she’s going back to sidebar links. I think that’s a smart idea and as of today, I will be doing the same. If you notice one less block in your “Followers” it will most likely be me. I will make every effort to have your link in my sidebar, so if you don’t see it there, please advise me and I’ll fix that. I will also understand if you choose to stop “following” me in turn.

I will keep the widget at the bottom of the blog so you can still add me to your dash if you like (you’re always welcome, of course). Alternatively, you can put my url in your dashboard or my link in your sidebar.

In the coming weeks, you may see less of me at your blogs. The reason is, I’m finally getting my act together to put together a book of my poems. I’m at a very early stage right now—just printing off some of the ones I think might be acceptable to put into print and doing some editing to those that really need an overhaul. I can’t give you a date for when this might be ready, but I’m hoping for some time in the not too distant future.

I’m struggling with a title for my volume, so I might just hold a contest to see if you can come up with something good (naturally, I have the “power of veto”).

As for the “Following” dilemma, as of today, I’m breaking free!

Who knows? Maybe this will start a trend.


P.S. I do follow some blogs through Networked Blogs on Facebook (I know! One thing’s laughing at the other, as my mother would say.)

Poem for John




Just pulled Jack’s track-back book from between the door;

I’m sinking in like a gin-soaked whore,

ready to absorb each pretty and sad and

talk-about-that instant snap, into every pore.

Pass that glass—don’t be so tight!— More! More!

It’s getting later by the hour

and these pages are sore and sick of waiting

on a pair of eyes to take them in.


As soon as I can blink back these black tears

from my Maybelline-lashes—

get my lips moving again,

I’ll tell you all about it.

Kat Mortensen©2010 
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Click the image above to order this hot-off-the-press poetry book by John Hayes of Robert Frost’s Banjo and The Days of Wine and Roses blogs.  You’ll be glad you did!

(Oops! Apologies to all. In my haste to share this with you I neglected to add the link to the publisher. It is correct now. Thanks. Kat.)

Please bear with me.

Click for photo source.

I’m sure some of you think I’ve gone all schizo or something with the constant changes I keep making to my background on this blog. The truth is, I have yet to find THE one that satisfies me. I’m not really a “hearts and flowers” type, nor am I all scrap-booky, or buttons and bows.
The problem is, I do want something unique, but not showy and when I find colours I like, I seem to get some flower or button thing thrown into the mix. This is the reason for my losing the most recent background that was present until this morning.

The reason I’m telling you this is because you may have to put up with a few experiments over the next few days, so please just bear with me as I come to a resolution. The good new is, I am delighted with the background for my haiku blog, “Kigo of the Kat“. (If you’ve not dropped in over there yet, I urge you to do so). Give it a try! My haiku/senryu are a little bit out of the ordinary.

I’m also pleased as punch with the background I’ve finally found for “Blasts From the Past“. It’s got the retrospective colour-scheme I’ve been searching for and accommodates my posts and sidebar very nicely. I realize I’ve been a bit slow with the Blast posts recently, but I hope to get back on track with more regular offerings soon.

That’s the lowdown. I haven’t lost my marbles—yet!


Behind the Eight Ball (just a bit).

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Hi friends:

I just wanted to tell you I haven’t been able to keep up with comments until this evening. I was out with Mom all day. I am preparing for a lovely night away at an inn in Stratford here in Ontario so I may not have much time in the next few days for visiting and commenting on all your wonderful blogs.
I will be posting my continuing series of Irish Articles – they are all primed and ready to go. Tomorrow the whiskey cake recipe is coming your way, so stay tuned!

Luv ya all!