Guest-blogger Kyria Abrahams is dealing with locusts. In her absence, she asked her old babysitter and longtime family friend, Gwen Kimballs-Barney, to fill in for her as Guest Guest-Blogger. Gwen accepted.
Happy Thursday, internet buddies! Gwen K.B. here! I am just on my way out the door so I can get to the dry cleaners before they close. I'm also giving myself an extra 15 minutes to stand in line at WAMU Bank. Should I give myself a STANDING ovation?!? LOL!!!
Well, I am so happy that Kyria asked me to fill in for her today, because I am a creative writer, myself, something along the lines of Erma Bombeck. Kyria's mother and I always enjoyed looking at the lighter side of things, so I know where she gets her sense of humor from. My children probably all think I should be in a loony bin! LOL!
Well, you gotta laugh or else you'll cry, right?
Can you believe I used to be Kyria's babysitter? She had huge blue eyes and used to run around yelling "God hates lesbians!" I guess that was a Jehovah's Witness thing, but it was just so cute the way she said it!
Look how adorable she was:
What a SHARP EYE for fashion!
Anywhoo, in addition to being a writer, I am also a poet. In fact, I was recently published! I was very excited, because I thought my poem 'CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE' was accepted by Cat Fancy magazine.
I don't need to tell you that I have been an ardent subscriber to C. Fancy for the past 39 years!
At first, I was in euphoria! Until yesterday.
It seems there was a small mix-up. My poem was not published by Cat Fancy magazine, but is actually being published in FANCY CAT magazine.
In my excitement I read the acceptance letter very fast and I guess my LYS-DEXIA kicked in.
I admit that this is a publication that I am unfamiliar with. It appears to be an international magazine..?
I can't find it in Borders. Please let me know if you do!!! They sent me five free copies, but I would REALLLLLLY like to be able to purchase more!
I am grateful to be published, but sadly FANCY CAT MAGAZINE took a wee bit of editorial license and cut my poem down a bit. Out of seven "stanzas," they only used one.
But, guess what? It's all part of the life of a freelance writer! Sometimes you just have to bite your bottom lip and suck a rain puddle.
However, here is my original poem, so you can know what you're dealing with here!!
CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE
(a holiday poem)
Happy holidays! Welcome home!
Grandma's table is shiny and set with dishes
There are so many delicious things to see and eat
Like turkey and pumpkin pie, oh my!
Ow! Cat got your tongue?
You haven't said a word
And there are still songs to be sung
Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa!
Grandma's tree is full of shimmering presents
Save all the bows, though!
And later we will make a bow hat
When jealous felines cozy up by the fire
(Copyright 2007-2009 by Gwen Kimballs-Barney)
Well, there's the ORIGINAL Mona Lisa!
And now.... CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE (a holiday poem) in glossy print:
WOWSERS! The artwork is very creative, don't you think? It's very ethnic!! Of course this is getting framed and going on the wall next to my "International Duck" Series.
Until next time, this is the MOOOOvalous Gwen Kimballs-Barney signing off from the barnyard!! LOL!
KEEP ON WRITING!! /blink