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*

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