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In celebration of National Poetry Month, today’s feature “Morning Visitor” is a cat poem I wrote after my beloved Lexie Lee’s passing in 2014. She was a feral who found her way to my home in 2004. She bravely survived hurricanes and fought lymphoma.
Unexplained lightness on bed
One week after your passing
Spot where you use to snuggle.
Did you return to your beloved home?
Is this the sign I asked you to send?
A sign that you are safe.
My life is so different without you
My life is so rich because of you
Ten years my fur baby, my muse.
Unexplained lightness on bed again
Ten days after your passing
I whisper Lexie Lee.
I turn over to look at you
Lightness is gone in an instant
But you are forever safe in my heart.
My welcome home greeter
My napping buddy and lap kitty
My kindred spirit.
“Morning Visitor” ©2014 Linda A. Mohr
This poem won Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion in Poetry category in 2016.
As Labor Day weekend signals the winding down of summer, I reflect on special blessings. I attended the Cat Writers Write Stuff Conference in conjunction with BlogPaws at Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Arizona. This AAA Four Diamond resort is an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community.
CWA’s 22nd Annual Awards Banquet was also part of the conference. Three of my online articles and one poem had received Certificates of Excellence awards and were in contention for MUSE Medallions. The MUSE Medallion is awarded to the entry in each category receiving the highest average score from three independent judges. To become eligible for a MUSE Medallion, each entry must receive an average score of at least 90 and been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.
My poem “The Morning Visitor” was the MUSE Medallion winner in poetry category. This was a bittersweet moment as the poem is about Lexie Lee who bravely fought lymphoma. I felt her spirit as I stood on stage to accept “our” award from Dusty Rainbolt.
The resort’s website promise that it “offers quiet serenity created by the Native American tribes who found haven here'” was certainly true for me as well. This was a trip to remember!
Cat writers from around the world are meeting October 30 through November 1 in Atlanta for the annual Cat Writers’ Conference. One of my cat poems received a Certificate of Excellence Award and is competing in the poem category for top cat honors, the CWA Muse Medallion. Winners will be announced Saturday night. Good luck to my fellow cat poets!
Visit Cat Writers’ Association for more information about the organization and contest winners.
My bags and Tatianna books are packed, and I am headed to White Plains, New York to attend the 16th annual Cat Writers’ Association Conference. CWA is an organization of professionals who write, publish and broadcast about cats. Members include writers, editors, publishers, artists, public relations specialists and broadcasters. A couple of the organization’s objectives include “to be a major influence for the good of cats by providing news, information and education on all aspects of cats” and “to improve the quality of writing about cats”.
The conference agenda is chock-full of expert speakers, panel discussions, networking events, agent appointments and awards banquet. Some of the workshops include Animal Assisted Therapy, The Art of Interviewing, Getting Socially Connected, Pet Food Recalls, Essaying Your Opinion and Selling Content in the 21st Century. The keynote speaker one evening is Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald from Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets Program. Another evening the felines don their sequins and rhinestones to attend the awards banquet to honor outstanding cat writers from the past year. A sparkling Swarovski crystal cat brooch will be the purr-fect good luck accent on my evening attire.
Last year I attended for the first time as a “kitten” and purred throughout the whole weekend. This year I return as a “cat” and am really looking forward to reconnecting with felines around the world. Without question, it is the right place for me to be with other authors and artists who adore cats as much as I do.
I will be attending the Westchester Cat Show in White Plains, New York in conjunction with the Cat Writers’ Association Conference. Over thirty cat authors are gathering to sign their books and visit with their readers at the show. I am thrilled to be attending with my book, Tatianna–Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend. A few of the authors include:
- Clea Simon
- Arden Moore
- Amy Shojai
- Ingrid King
I look forward to seeing all the beautiful cat breeds under one roof. Another treat is visiting with the merchandise vendors. Hopefully I will find the purr-fect cat pin or sweater to add to my collection. And of course, I will be looking for a new toy for Lexie Lee!
If you are in the area, be sure to stop by!