Interlude: Happy Birthday, Cassandra Barney

Today is the anniversary of the birth of one miss Cassandra Barney, my inspiration, collaborator and friend. Take a minute today, if you will, to cruise over to her blog and send her birthday wishes, or just think glittery thoughts in her general direction. She works hard, plays hard, dreams hard, and loves hard, and I only hope today is all that it can be for her, that she is inundated with affection and children's drawings and good wishes.

Hard work, love that endures hardship, defiance, protection

I never saw my mama’s feet sleeping.
Mornings they trod a triangular path:
garden, fire, table.
Mid-day she walked in circles sewing,
mending our dresses as we read our lessons.
As the sun set she strode stripes through the fields,
barefoot among the thistles to bring the cows in.
When the stars pricked holes
in the black paper above, her heels creaked
a half-moon of floorboards around the big bed.
I dreamt every night of fragrant weeds and grasses,
and knew that when I woke
the footsteps below would always be hers.


Cassandra Barney said...

You are the sweetest little elf-ish, faery model, peach sling'n lovely that I have EVER known. Thank you ever so much. Here's to another year to brag about for the both of us.I can hardly wait to get back to collaborating.

Cassandra Barney said...

Check my blog and cash in your award.

Shawn Michel de Montaigne said...

Gorgeous and moving. What a stirring piece of verse. Thank you for this.

Your blog is great. I look forward to reading more soon.


d i a n a m u s e said...

Oh, my goodness. I found your gorgeous place here through our excellent blogging compatriot, Miss P of WPM. So glad that I dropped in.

You know Cassandra Barney? You're her friend/collaborator? I've been a secret, silent admirer for some time. (Only Eve Could Hear the Bird's Song is a personal favorite.) Today, I'm declaring my affection - for both of you.

Happy birthday and joyful holidays, one and all.

Kate Horowitz said...

Cass, Shawn, Diana- Thank you all so much. Keep in touch and have a lovely new year.

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