Thursday, February 18, 2021

Laundry Daze

I've mentioned the cultural differences of living in Switzerland with regards to our, um, dirty laundry here before

Just like laundry itself, it is a never ending story...

But today I'm going to talk about how our once a week laundry ritual affects the wee-est in our family.

Smidgey.

She does NOT like laundry day. When her (security) blankets get gathered into a basket, she panics. She has been known to climb in the basket, too!

Someone gets a little extra clingy... without static.

 










Then when I carry the basket out the door and down to our building's laundry room, she does this:


 










I always put her blankets in the first load - both for fur management reasons and to minimize her trauma. Once the blankets are brought back up, she does this for the rest of the day:











(While her blankets get washed, Smidgey still has TWO pillows to lay about on. We're not savages!)

Unfortunately no amount of reassuring words seem to help her anxiety. She just doesn't understand where her blankets go or trust that they will return. 

Week. After. Week.

I've come to realize that I think I share a bit of Smidgey's anxiety. Not about my blankets getting laundered, but about my understanding of what the future holds. 

Will life as we knew it ever come back?

Will it smell better?

I find myself sitting by the door (metaphorically) wondering what I can do while I wait.

Today it is poetry.

 

an itchiness on

the inside of my skin

keeps me rooted to 

the threshold 

waiting for what I know is gone -

a sense of safety

comfort in my surroundings

a warm carefree embrace

 

my thoughts pretzel

as I try to reassure myself 

with poetry 

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Join Ruth as she hosts this week's Poetry Friday roundup.


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Peak Safety

 Living in Switzerland, surrounded by mountains, has its ups and downs. 😉

  
We visited the Non-Disney Matterhorn last summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Swiss are known for their preparedness, hence their famous Army and its famous Knife.

I made my own custom knife with...


...my own custom warning.

But one thing I never expected when moving here, was our ability to receive (and necessity to have access to!) emergency air rescue for a low, low annual price - just 80 CHF/year.

Switzerland has a non-profit, non-commercial air rescue organization called Rega


 

 

 

 

From their website, their fundamental concept is: 

"We are a non-profit organisation that is funded by its patrons. Our services are primarily geared towards the needs of the Swiss population. We are financed by means of private funding. This enables us to operate independently in the service of our patients. In the interest of the patient, we take an active stand against the commercialisation of air rescue. Emergency missions and other operations carried out on behalf of the general public are not conditional upon whether or not the ensuing costs are covered. Our rescue activities are based on the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross"

Within this organization, there are 12 rescue helicopters based all over Switzerland ready to provide emergency assistance within minutes.

No matter where we are in Switzerland, it's good to know our PEAK SAFETY is a high priority. 

Today's poem is a homage acrostic:

         mountain Rescue

                    hElicopters

   for cliff hanGer

                      Adventures 

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

And in honor of Valentine's Day this weekend, here's a 'tongue in peak' joke to 'lift' your spirits:

Helicopter rescue pilots have the most successful pick-up lines.

Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone is hosting the Poetry Friday gathering this week. Enjoy!


 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Panda·poem·nium

 What's black and white and cute all over?

Well, besides Smidgey...












You guessed it...PANDAS!

To take my your mind off the pand·emic, I thought I'd put it on something beary cute...

Panda·poem·nium!

Earlier in the week I saw this video about the Pandas at the National Zoo enjoying their snow day:

They really know how to ROLL with the weather! 

Poetry in motion!

photo credit
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired, I set out to write this Panda·poem·nium post. 

Considering Panda's, ahem, trouble with finding a mate, I thought I'd help a bear out with dating app ad:

Mr. Panda, 25 

(Fuzzy-Wuzzy to you if we're a match!)

Don't let the black circles

around my eyes or

my paunchy tummy fool you -

the wiggle in my waddle

is how I put the adore

in adorable.

With my 12-hour a day

bamboo munching buffet,

I'm all about the slow jam groove.

No longer endangered,

only vulnerable,

I am looking for a gal 

who will Panda to

my every whim...

Text me if you can BEAR it.
©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

And then yesterday, on my afternoon walk/jog, I saw this little fella hanging around the forest path:












Another panda·poem·ium inspiration hit... 

Fall From Grace:

While reaching for her milk,

Grace shifted her blanket of silk

And I fell from the pram.

 

Neither mum nor Grace did see,

my prone form splayed by the tree

after hitting the trail – wham!

 

Torrential rains soaked me,

mud and dirt cloaked me –

who would help me now?

 

Face down and dirty,

no longer soft and furry,

someone hoisted me onto this bough.

 

Now I hang and wait,

for luck to be my fate –

will Grace ever come back this way?

 

I long for the washer,

not scared to be squashered –

in Grace’s arms I long to stay.

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Enjoy this week's round up at Jone Rush MacCulloch's blog!



Friday, January 29, 2021

Looking for a Creative Outlet?

 Look no further! 

I'm 'amped' to remind you of my bright idea!

Plug into my 10·10 Poetry Anthology!











As I mentioned in my New Year's Day post, to celebrate my 10 year Blog Birthday


 

  

 

 

 

I am accepting poetry submissions for my:

10·10 Poetry Anthology 

(celebrating 10 in 10 different ways) 


 

 

 

 

For this independently published project, I am looking for unpublished, original poems in all forms (written in English) that appeal to all audiences (children and/or adults) in the following 10 categories:

  •  tenacity
  • 10 more minutes
  • ten little fingers/ten little toes
  • 10 points to Gryffindor*
  • tension
  • I tend to...
  • tenderness
  • take 10
  • I wouldn't touch that with a 10-foot pole
  • tentative

I plan to include 10 poems from each of the 10 categories to end up with 100 poems

*I've contacted JK Rowling's website to make sure I can use the word Gryffindor... I haven't heard back. If it is a no-go due to copyright/trademark, I'll change this category. Fingers crossed.

NO ENTRY FEE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12 March 2021

WHERE DO I SUBMIT:

Send…

  •  your poem(s)
  • an indication of which category it fits
  • your contact info 

…to me, Bridget Magee at: 10.10.weewords.submissions@gmail.com

WHEN WILL YOU HEAR BACK: Successful poets will be contacted by the end of June 2021

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2021

PAYMENT: Accepted poems will receive a one-time honorarium of $10/poem upon publication. 

You are welcome to share this submission opportunity with any and all poets you know. The more submissions the merrier (and the better the anthology).

Today's punny poem is ME telling YOU,

 "You CONDUIT!"

go ahead, submit watt 

you've currently got

it can't hertz

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved. 

Jan is hosting Poetry Friday over at Bookseedstudio! Join us!