Ariadne’s notes: We are proud to honor the excellent Canadian poet Kathy Figueroa. She has written a wonderful tribute to her dog who has passed on. This poem is for all those whose beloved pets have passed on. I wrote several poems to Pebbles, our wonderful cat who was such an inspiration to us all. Also our 16 year old cat, Sir Thomas Rigg Kimball is getting on and we are aware of this. This feature is for all that have lost beloved pets and who may do so in the future. Thank you so much, Kathy!
Canadian poet, Kathy Figueroa, has entertained newspaper and magazine readers with her frequently humorous poems for over a decade. Her versified, and sometimes irreverent, views of the world, encompassing a wide variety of subjects, have appeared in the Bancroft, Ontario newspapers over one hundred times, as of October, 2015. These snippets of rural Canadian culture, originating from a rocky patch of wilderness on the great Canadian Shield, can also be found in dozens of print anthologies, in the vast universe of cyberspace – which includes many websites and blogs originating in other countries – and on the pages of her four published books: “Paudash Poems,” “Flowertopia,” “The Cathedral of the Eternal Blue Sky,” and “The Ballad of the PoeTrain Poeteer: Winnipeg to Vancouver.” A fifth volume is scheduled to be released in 2016.
Along with participating in poetry readings in a multitude of large and small communities across the country, Kathy has also created and organized events, including “The Word Is Wild Literary Festival,” staged over two days in 2014. She established the “Poets’ Society of Hastings County North,” a monthly writing group for poetry, short story, and theatrical play enthusiasts, which, in September, 2015, celebrated its fifth year by becoming a member group of the Algonquin Arts Council.
In addition to Kathy’s adventures in the realm of poetry, she’s also penned numerous freelance newspaper articles, since 2004, which have been frequently accompanied by her photographs. Kathy can be contacted at: email@example.com.
Here are some additional links:
http://quinteartscouncil.org/profile/kathy-figueroa/ https://www.facebook.com/Kathy.Figueroa.Poetry/ https://about.me/kathyfigueroa https://twitter.com/kathypoetry https://www.facebook.com/PoetsSocietyOfHastingsCountyNorthOntarioCanada/
A Bleak November Day
The sky is powdery grey
And a cold wind is blowing
All the warmth has gone away
But it isn’t yet snowing
The gorgeous blaze of Autumn
Has faded into the past
And nothing more than a trace
Of green will linger or last
If only sunnier days
Didn’t seem so far away …
And my old dog was still here
On this bleak November day
“A Bleak November Day” was included on the Guernsey Poets blog in November, 2013. This blog originates in the Channel Islands.
by Kathy Figueroa (C)