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.)


Singular New Poetry Blog from the man who brought you “Robert Frost’s Banjo”

Looking for a really good read? Like your poetry with some edge, a bit of bite, something a little unexpected? Then head over to John Hayes’s new blog, “The Days of Wine and Roses“.

John’s been putting a lid on his poetic muse for a spell, but the muse has been kicking up a fuss and finally got her way. So this new blog is where John is sharing some older pieces and will be giving us lucky bloggers in the know a look at his new works too.

You do NOT want to miss this. Trust me. You trust me, don’t you? I wouldn’t steer you wrong and I know you’re going to love it. (Incidentally, Robert Frost’s Banjo is still very much alive.)

Don’t dilly-dally! Get on over there! (And tell him Kat sent you.)

Is this what they mean by “Award Season”?

Once again, I find myself on the receiving end of a generous award. This should stop. No really. It should. (*I’m kidding.*)

The very nice gentleman who mans the blog, “Robert Frost’s Banjo” (great name, isn’t it?) – Mr. John Hayes – a very fine expositor on various subjects such as music, film and yes, poetry (who in fact, is an excellent poet, himself) has passed along the Premio Dardos award to little ol’ me. (“The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”)

Not only that, but Raph (as in Raph G., Neckmann, at Raph’s Ramblings, beat him to it – giving me the same award last week. I had to tuck it away on the Blasts From the Past blog, since he was unable to access this one for some strange reason known only to the “powers-that-be” at Blogger. Let me assure Raph, that this has not diminished its importance in the slightest.

Now, Raph’s blog is a bit different, but in a very nice way – if you have a venture over there, you will find a very contented, colourful and imaginative family indeed. Yes! You will discover them to be a family of Giraffes. Lest you anticipate this to be a hindrance of some sort, let me tell you emphatically, it is not! Raph and his lovely lady Maureen and their brilliant children will tickle you with stories of humour and intelligence. They will brighten even the gloomiest of days and let me tell you, we’ve had a few of those around the Hyggehus lately!

And now of course, comes the task of transferring this award to others who exhibit the characteristics the criteria demands. As John Hayes has said, this is not so much a task of finding 5 worthy writers, but of narrowing it down to 5 from so many great ones. I could just keep giving awards to the same folks over and over again because I find them so valuable to my experience, personally, but rather I shall share with you 5 blogs that YOU really should experience and enjoy. (Well, some are favourites, I have to admit.)

I therefore am handing the Premio Dardos award over to:

Claire @ My Life in a Picture (photography and impressions)
Jen @ JenX67: A Memoir, Revelation and Generation X
Deborah Godin @ Notes From the Cloud Messenger (poetry, reflection, photography)
SquirrelMama@ Grey and Red, A Squirrel Journal (squirrel stories, humour, anecdotes, reality tales)
Christine @ Quiet Paths (poetry, music and photography)

Each one of these fine blogs will delight your senses, tickle your funny bone, illuminate your mind and inspire you to greater things. My sincere congratulations to everyone!

The rules (I always seem to forget this part):

The rules:
“1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.”

Robert Frost’s Banjo: Reading Poetry #3

Another terrific entry in poet/musician John Hayes’s series on poetry reading. If you appreciate poetry or are interested in learning more about it, this is something you don’t want to miss!
Not only that, his blog is filled with lots of delightful entries on music, movies and miscellany.

Robert Frost's Banjo: Reading Poetry #3

Robert Frost’s Banjo: Reading Poetry #2

Here’s a link to an excellent series on reading poetry. If you have any affinity for true poetry, find yourself at this place to glean from this man’s knowledge and resources on this subject.

If you are a lover of music, his blog is also filled with a wonderful wealth of information on that subject too. Oh, and an added delight is that John is a connoisseur of classic films. (I’ve only just learned this.)

Every visit reveals yet another facet of this most intelligent and interesting person.

Robert Frost’s Banjo: Reading Poetry #2