Saturday, 16 April 2011


She was a gatherer of strays.
Man or beast
She did not discriminate.
She took them in,
tamed their wild ways,
calmed their restless natures,
taught them manners
removed unwanted hairs
from her pillow
without complaint.
She was devoted,
even in the face of
Stalwart & loyal
as they let their training slip
and their animal natures re-surface.
When they would wander
she would bring them home
from unfamililar doorways.
She would not admonish them.
It was enough that
she was displeased.
No need for leash or halter.
She was mistress.
They would, in time,
be house-trained
when promptly they
would find themselves


  1. I think you have a real talent - Pen. An intriguing & gripping piece that makes you think more about the gatherer!

  2. Very very clever, Penny. This can be interpreted in a few ways, which makes it all the more interesting.

    It says much about the gatherer, about how she moulds her 'strays' to her way and then loses interest, maybe? Hmmmmm, surely I have never done this (to man, not beast!).

    Keep 'em coming!


  3. Another brilliant thought-provoking poem. You should be in print Pen! xxx

  4. What a fabulously interesting blog! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog they made my day:)

  5. I love this one Penny. Sadly, I couldn't rehome them which is why in response to your comment, I won't be doing a photo shoot of the interior of my ( very messy ) house !

  6. I love how you gather these words together; the flow was lyrical! Great job~

  7. ..hi Pen. Thanks for the herb tips & huge congrats on the weight loss. I've lost a stone & feeling great. Will keep going - I'm doing it very slowly but steadily. No real plan but enjoying feeling healthier & a wee bit slimmer xx

  8. Oh, dear, you could be writing this about me (a little) or Rick's mom -- a lot! A lovely poem. Very thought-provoking.

  9. what wonderful images and places your beautiful words take me

    Dear Pen...quite by accident I found your know how one thing leads to another and wasn't until this afternoon that I realized it was sweet YOU!

    Your blog address never shows when you come by to visit me.

    Happy April Dear One!


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