Deborah Alma is the Emergency Poet in her vintage ambulance which she takes to schools and libraries and festivals. She has edited three adult poetry books and written her own collection of poems too. She lives with her partner the poet James Sheard on a hillside in Powys, Wales with a cat called Little My and a sheepdog called Daisy. Her website is here.
Here is one of Deborah’s poems, written in response to the picture shown:
The Spirit of the House
from the painting by August Macke 1910
A smug cat, a cosy cat, a passing cat,
a blue striped jug, with the light catching
the glaze, its dazzle closes the eyes
of the cat -it is a jug of cream.
A scented geranium, red and jaunty
in a terracotta pot.
Three small oranges and a blue dish
to hold the finger rubs of friends around its rim
always, always when they come, they reach out
to stroke the leaves, to rub the dish,
to add to the stroked smug of the cat,
to peel an orange.
There they are my friends, their backs
to the wall as they bend and bow
to half heard music, from the times we danced
to the times we laughed.
A smug cat, a cosy cat, a passing cat.
© Deborah Alma
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