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Poetically Yours - Author/Director reminds us to live in the moment

John Angell Grant
John Angell Grant

Welcome to Poetically Yours. Poetically Yours showcases poems by northern Illinois poets, but sometimes contributors come from another part of the country. This week’s poem is byJohn Angell Grant.

Grant is a writer/director from Palo Alto California. He has award winning short films. One is called “Two Stoners” and another one entitled “1958.” Grant also conducted and produced several interviews with Holocaust Survivors. Today he writes about a poet’s companion. This poem is called “The Green Notebook.”

As the cat steps slowly out

A side door

And into the backyard,

She sees a bright green notebook

Sitting on a garden table,

Under an umbrella,

Sheltered from the misty rain.

She jumps up on the table,

Finds a dry spot,

And sits next to the notebook;

Which she understands

Is a source of love.

She suspects I will sit at the table also,

And she wants to be with me.

The sun is low in the morning winter sky.

The rain now falls steadily.

This is good,

Because California is dry.

Joining the cat

Under the large garden umbrella,

I seat myself

In a dry chair,

And listen.

One bird calls,


In the distance.

Water splashes into the gutter

And lightly onto the ground.

The rain has something to say.

I don’t speak “rain” fluently,

So I will translate the best I can.

It seems to say,

“Be kind to yourselves,”

As it wets the dry ground.

Then it continues,

“And be kind to others.

We are here for only a short time.

Enjoy your momentary spark of earthly existence.

Soon it will be gone.

Here is some water.”

I look at the cat,

She looks up at me.

We understand today’s message,

Which is now written

In the green notebook.

Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.