Wednesday, February 21, 2007

MC Spotlight: Cathy Delaleu

Bowl Of Gathered Thoughts

Here Mom
Throw your childhood stories in this wide bowl
Fill it up with your Haitian history
I know Grandma is not here anymore
But I can still taste her pineapple kisses tattooed on your
When I rub your face you laugh just like her
You add baking powder to elevate this family’s heart
With your legacy for many generations to appreciate
What you are all about
The pain and sorrow you encountered
Are long forgotten but we can still mix a pinch of salt
A reminder with cherry kisses
Mix lots of sugar in this bowl since Papa walked away
He never even bothered to say goodbye
I don’t really care
Truth is…your love is plenty and thickens this dough
Filling up this bowl you flavored with your loving essence
Creating for ourselves a rich and delicious upside down

Cathy Delaleu, writer & poet “Wrapping Thoughts Beneath Emotive Rain.” (2006)

Cathy’s talent and love for her Haitian roots can be felt throughout this book of poetry. I particularly like this poem because she pays homage to the strength of the women in the Haitian community. She does this by honoring her mother and recognizing the strength and love passed down by the grandmother. There are other poems in Delaleu's book that touch on love, eroticsim, disappointment and religion. I wasn’t able to get into all of them, but this just proves that Ms. Delaleu has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Wrapping Thoughts Beneath Emotive Rain is a celebration of life with all the happiness and hurt that embodies the human spirit.

Clifford loves Cathy! *smile*

Note: If you want to know more about Cathy Delaleu and her work please visit,


Anonymous said...

Very beautiful Stephen! I love it!

Hope you are staying warm! We are in a heat wave for us. 42 today :)Have a great day!

prioritybooks said...

that is a very nice poem. I'll check out her site. Thanks

Bougie Black Boy said...

yes! I love her writing. I'm meeting up with her this week.

Rethabile said...

You chose a good poem, but I bet they're all good. She's good. Thanks for sharing this. I'll get that book, one day. I will. BBB, tell her I said hello, and that she writes like a sorceress, in the way she knows where and how to place each word.

Kai said...

what a beautiful tribute!
i had her book too.

her poems are simply gorgeous!

she is a lovely writer.....

Lyrically speaking said...

Oh Stephen, I am speechless, this is beautiful...totally unexpected. Thank you for this wonderful review of my book, I am so pleased with the outcome and hope many more blessings will come out of it. Thanks again to you all for your friendship and support.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful & deeply emotional poem!

I felt that!

I'll have to purchase a copy of the book soon! =)

Thanks for sharing, Stephen!

Thami Mhlanga said...

I checked your family pics you have a beautiful wife and gorgeous princess

Thami Mhlanga said...

Great poem, must get hold of that book...great stuff

Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes, check out this book. I am staying warm. Thank goodness it is starting to warm up to the upper 40's. :)

Yes, thank you.

Tell her that I said hello.

yes, she even has the look of sorceress with those piercing eyes. :)

Hello! Yes indeed.

Hello Star

Thank you for pouring out your heart onto these pages. Bless you.

Yeah, you need to go and get your copy because you know that we will be running to get a copy of yours. :)

Thank you sir. I am a fortunate man to be surrounded with such beauty. :)
By the way, go to Amazon or click on her website to get a copy. Peace~

Dance_Soul said...

Clifford isn't the only one who loves Cathy!!!
Have a great Weekend BESS!!!

Stephen A. Bess said...

lol! I see. You have a great weekend as well. Peace~ :)

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