The poems in Laura's book are so peaceful and relaxing. It was almost like meditating as I was reading. And the addition of Laura's cats in almost eveThe poems in Laura's book are so peaceful and relaxing. It was almost like meditating as I was reading. And the addition of Laura's cats in almost every poem was sheer delight. This is a book I will cherish and go back to again and again. I especially liked how there were poems for every season. This is a must read for people who love poetry...and cats.
My favorite poem from the book:
"A lone bubble escapes a soapy pond in the sink, captivating my youngest cat, as if it were some alien insect sailing above the plateau of his nose, and I know at any moment I could choose to look away from dirty dishes and this cat to the world's sadness, to the sorrowful way humans abuse one another, the grim realities of depression, anger, fear. There are critics who wish I would, condemning the buoyant water-tumble of my words, this affinity for joy, the sweetness. But then three wrens gather at the window to discuss the cornflower jacket of the sky, the cat bites the bubble, and I laugh, thinking it's not so terrible to choose happiness, to chase after that which blesses, whether it's the wild tangerine of a spotted lily or blue jays cackling on the porch. Did Roethke, Whitman, or Thoreau every regret the cartwheels of bird-whistle etching the hours? For some the quest for simplicity is enough, a golden chance to harvest the tasseled fields of the moment. To simply notice the sky sketching cloud- castles today, to breathe the gardenia's intoxicating smile, to marvel at soap bubbles whirling in the kitchen with the cat, to dance, to dance, to dance." ...more