Loch Ness Monster

In honour of Robbie Burns Day here is a wee Scottish poem

Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster,
I’m ‘ere to say,
‘as not been captured
to this very day.
It appears now an’ then
way out in yon lake,
an’ we Scots believe it
fer our country’s sake.
He’s a tourist attraction,
but ‘tween you an’ me
it’s highly doubtful
that you’ll ever see
his big form lurkin’
long neck and huge tail,
bigger than life,
more sleek than a whale.
Scots call ‘er Nessie,
an endearment term,
fer many years now
‘er myth has been firm.
Many hours pass by
as folk gaze at the lake,
the peace and quiet’s good
Fer their soul’s sake.
Like Scottish highlands
Nessie beckons y’ see,
saying cum fer a visit
an’ try to see me.

Jean Kay
January 23, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Sunrise Jan 1 2014

Sunrise January 1st

It’s sunrise on January 1st,
what does the year ahead hold for me?
I envision success in lots of ways
and will just have to wait and see.

There are enough clouds this morning
to make a very interesting sky,
darker ones represent challenges
which temporarily pass us by.

A splash of pink shows warmth and promise
of good things yet to come.
A tiny patch of turquoise sky
may have been missed by some.

But I saw what was beyond the clouds-
a glimpse of vast open skies,
showing me that opportunities
can unfold before my eyes.

New beginnings demand dedication
of energy, effort and time,
and following through with intentions,
even when it’s an uphill climb.

As this new calendar year starts
with unfinished business from months ago,
it’s time to resolve what can be salvaged
and let all the rest of it go.

Happy New Year

Jean Kay

 

WORD Vancouver Today

WORD Vancouver Today

 

Windy, wet, bone-chilling weather

but because of it Good News!

WORD Vancouver is moving indoors

I’m grateful to those who could choose.

 

It’s no fun manning display tables

when you’re fighting cold winds and rain.

I wasn’t looking forward to going

but I am enthused again.

 

I’m participating in several ways:

setting up the Canadian Authors display,

manning their table, selling my books,

then exploring other venues mid-day.

 

As Conference Assistant for SiWC,

I’ll be at their table a while,

giving out info on the conference

and definitely wearing a smile.

 

WORD will be a more intimate event,

which I hope they will keep indoor.

It will give people more of a market-place feel

and they’ll take more time to explore.

 

WORD Vancouver Today –

come by for a visit.

 

Jean Kay

Canada Korea Literary Festival

Canada Korea Literary Festival

 

At the Canada Korea Literary Festival,

a well organized, professional event,

I had the privilege of reciting

and I’m very pleased I went.

 

A comprehensive printed program

in both languages, was provided,

(a souvenir worth keeping)

as through the evening we were guided.

 

The evening started with a reception,

very tasty food had been prepared.

Then, stories, poems, music, dance

and videos were all shared.

 

I haven’t heard much Korean spoken before,

I find it has a pleasing flow,

melodious sounds, soft-spoken.

It would be difficult for me to learn, I know.

 

Background music and slide shows

accompanied each performer.

Many hours spent putting it all together

had created an atmosphere much warmer.

 

My poem “Sixty Years Young”,

from my book Morning Light,

was translated into Korean

and a lovely lady was there to recite.

 

I think the two boys may have stolen the show –

wonderful talent – reciting and singing.

Then our MC surprised us all

when his powerful voice turned to singing.

 

Congratulations, KWAC!

It was a most enjoyable evening out

combining cultures and languages –

that’s what Canada is all about.

 

Jean Kay

poetrytoinspire.com

 

KWAC – Korean Writers Association of Canada