Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ten Years of Wild Irene

               For those who are reading this, Irene has invited many of us to celebrate her tenth blogiversary by writing to her OLW, wild. Find Irene at her blog Live Your Poem with all the others in this round-up. She shares her own celebration there, too.

        Dear Irene, I haven't known you for ten years, but in the years I have read your posts, loved your writing, the books and poetry. I do know that you take wildness seriously, write broadly of numerous topics, and don't stop finding new ideas to share your love of words. What a wonderful, wild ten years to celebrate! Here is my celebration of you, for you.

          I know that you've answered Mary Oliver's well-known lines beautifully!



"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"


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The Evidence!
        And here is something I 'wildly' wrote, thanks to Daniel Kelley's Home On The Range, a wild song for you!



For Irene

Oh give me a home where the wildebeest roam,
Where the giraffe and the elephant play,
Where wildness appears, Irene writes without fears,
And the meercats stand watch all the day.

Chorus-
Home, home with Irene,
Where poetry reigns on her stage,
Where lost rooms are found, and colors abound,
Where words fly like clouds off the page.


When wild skies perform, she delights in the storm,
Loves clouds that are drifting above,
Her sky poems’ song make everyone long   
For the sights in the words that she loves.

How often at night to quilters’ delight,
Irene penned a wild story that’s true,
Ludephia’s deed, fulfilling a need
Made all of us celebrate, too.

How wild and how shrewd, Irene’s seldom subdued
When she finds a new way to explore.
I am often amazed at the wild of her ways
And left, when I read, wanting more!


Congratulations on your ten wild years, Irene! Best wishes for many more!

32 comments:

  1. Did you see Matt's post? Talk about an ear worm! But I love what you did with this post, a fine fun tribute to Irene.

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    1. I haven't gotten that far yet, but I will. This was lots of fun, wasn't it? Thanks, Margaret.

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    1. Thanks, Jane, much fun to do & help celebrate!

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  3. Linda! This is such a gift! I'm thrilled and touched and honored. Where lost rooms are found and colors abound... she delights in the storm...sky and quilts and even little Ludelphia! I want to live up to this poem. I will try, Linda, I will try! A million thank yous for this loveliness. I'm blushing. xo

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    1. So happy you enjoyed it, so enjoyed the doing, Irene. Celebrations are big deals, and we should always make the most of them!

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  4. Linda, you wrote such a fine tribute poem! I'm often amazed at the wild of YOUR ways!

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    1. Thank you, Diane, I've loved Irene's work for a long time, so it was fun to look back & review, remember.

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  5. I love your rendition of "Home on the Range"! Such a perfect choice.

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  6. Linda, such a tribute to Irene! Love your creativity in both the acrostic and the song.

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  7. This is simply wondrous! What a gift for Irene...the blogiversary song! Thank you! I will be humming your words today. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Will imagine you humming all the day!

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  8. What a wonderful gift, Linda. Yep. I'll be humming this tune today, too.

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    1. Thanks, Dori. It was fun to gather all of Irene's writing to see what I could 'sneak' in.

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  9. You're awesome, Linda! I love "How wild and how shrewd, Irene’s seldom subdued"!

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  10. What a tribute. "Wild Irene" sounds like that should be a kind of flower (a wild one, of course). And your second poem has so many fun insider references but also stands alone. Fabulous, Linda!

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    1. Thanks, Laura, love the idea of a flower's name.

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  11. Brava! LOVE both the acrostic and "For Irene". Wonderful, wonderful tribute, Linda!

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    1. Thanks, Jama, as replied earlier, it was a treat to do.

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  12. What a delightful tribute, Linda!

    R efreshingly
    E xceptional -
    N aturally
    E loquent...

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

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  13. Oh, my, Linda - you went WILD in this glorious tribute! And you've so captured our guest of honor and host today. What a special wild woman you are yourself.

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    1. Thanks very much, Robyn. What else could I be but wild for Irene?

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  14. I think you've found your muse in Irene--wonderful tributes, Linda! I especially like the image; "where words fly like clouds off the page."

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    1. Thanks, Buffy. Her words are inspiring; maybe you're right!

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  15. Such a lovely post! I tried to comment earlier, but it doesn't seem to have posted.

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    1. Thank you, Ruth. I don't find the other comment.

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  16. Such fun, Linda.

    Thinking would be fun to sing this to Irene at some writerly/poetry meet up of this buncha cutups!

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    1. Oh my, wouldn't that be fun! Thanks for the idea, Jan.

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