Wednesday, December 28, 2011

For Real Toads: Bossa Nova beat, Kenia's challenge

Kenia's challenge for the writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads is inspired by the poems of South America's Vinícius de Moraes whose Bossa Nova song Girl from Ipanema won a Grammy Award in 1965. I remember 1965, I remember the song, and I remember the Bossa Nova—almost primal with its insistent South American beat.

Kenia challenged us to go out, or look out; to observe a person; then write a poem about the person, or write a letter-poem to the person.

Song from Out the Window
man beyond the window goes walking,
dog beside him, and man is talking,
dog wags, but she doesn’t speak,
she just doesn’t speak—
man is all done up in a scarf now,
trying to keep the cold out somehow.
wind is blowing, whips up the snow,
but dog doesn’t know,
she’s happy to be with him while walking,
wagging her tail as he is talking,
a snow-happy team—
so happy a team.

I'm also submitting this post to Hootin' Anni's musical meme.
Anni, you might remember this one!
Thursday's Theme Song.


Kenia Cris said...

What a lovely poem, Kay! I love dogs, I love the feeling in your poem and I always hope to be this companion to my four friends here. <3

Thanks for participating in the challenge! Happy New Year!


Kerry O'Connor said...

I just love Lindy's little snow shoes. There is nothing happier, I have found, than a man walking his dog.

Fireblossom said...

I love the little snow shoes, too!

There is great joy in the winter companionship of a happy dog. Bosco says so!

cosmos cami said...

I like how the rhythm of the poem seemed to keep pace with the man walking with the dog.
How lovely to feel that content.

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Hi Lindy,
mi piaccciono molto le tue scarpe 1
Me le presti ?
Baci :))

Ostensible Truth said...

i think the "happy team" sums it all up, I Can't help but smile when I see a dog... great observation here and response!

Mama Zen said...

What a fun write!

Laurie Kolp said...

I've been reading many pieces on the relationship b/t man and dog today. I love this one... especially the last two lines.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Love the poem and the photo. Is that your sweet Lindy? Her footies are terrific. My daughter needs a couple sets of those for her Dachshunds.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What a cool take on the prompt. Good one, Kay. This poem made me happy.

SquirrelQueen said...

Those little booties are so cute! I love what you did with the lyrics Kay. I had the tune playing in my head as I read your lyrics. I think you blended these two memes perfectly!

Mary said...

Ah, the dog in the poem definitely hooked me. I enjoyed this very much.

Kay said...

Wonderful poem, Kay! Are those snow shoes on Lindy's feet reflective? How wonderful! Lucky Lindy to have owners who take such good care of her.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You have inspired me. I've been doing a bit of poetry. Lots of fun.

Cheers from Cottage Country!

Friko said...

doggies love their walkies, whatever the weather. Don't I know it!

Happy New Year, Kay!

Jeanette said...

Lindy seems to be enjoying the walk. Love the little socks, they are so cute and probably warm on a doggies paws.
I like the poem and the song too.
Well Done.
Happy New Year to you and your family! I look forward to more fun with pictures and song in the coming year.

Lolamouse said...

Dogs are just so happy to be with their people! My dogs refuse to wear their snow shoes, however!

Tammy said...

Love it. You are so talented.

Leslie said...

Oh, I love this one! (and I love Lindy's snow boots.)

Hope you're having a good day.

Heaven said...

What a happy team ~

Enjoyed the walk thru your words ~

Happy New Year ~