Free Verse by Maureen Weldon

SINK AND THE GREAT HOUSE

 

‘My poor hands, red and rough,’

this is what Sink hears as the greasy-spiky water

sloshes,

scullery maid scrubs with gentle precision

porcelain plates, cups, saucers, jugs …

 

On freezing five o’clock mornings

Sink feels scullery maid’s hands  un-stiffen.

 

Sad, her pretty hands

torn, oozing.

 

But she is smiling,

remembering …

 

As the greasy-spiky water sloshes.

 

 

by Maureen Weldon ( North Wales)

Crannog, #41, Spring 2016

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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10 Responses to Free Verse by Maureen Weldon

  1. haikutec says:

    Dear Maureen Weldon,

    I’m reminded, indirectly, of Vermeer, and others. As Call of the Page on our Timeless Art zoom events at the Rijksmuseum: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/johannes-vermeer

    The device of personification is a famous one in non-haikai poetry and it works wonderfully well.

    Wonderful concluding stanza!

    But she is smiling,
    remembering …

    As the greasy-spiky water sloshes.

    warmest regards,
    Alan

  2. Maureen Weldon says:

    Thank you very much Alan.

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Gosh, Maureen, what an amazing poem this is, with its vivid personification and empathy for the poor scullery maid “On freezing five o’clock mornings.” Those closing lines too – they’re wonderful, leaving the reader to ponder her secret smile “As the greasy-spiky water sloshes.”

    I’ll never forget the occasion that triggered your poem, our guided tour of Erddig, near Wrexham, North Wales, the 17th century ancestral home of the Yorke family, now owned, wonderfully restored and looked after by the National Trust.

    Nor will I ever forget our visit to Galway in February 2016 for the launch of Crannóg 41, their Spring issue. I felt so proud when you read your poem. It was my first visit to the Republic and I fell head-over-heels for your Ireland straight away.

    With love,

    Paul xxx

  4. Maureen Weldon says:

    Thank you my darling Paul.
    The memories of the launch of Crannog 41 Spring issue 2016, and me reading ‘Sink and the Great House’ and you there to hear me, and me reading for the first time in Ireland, in Galway, and me introducing you to my beautiful Country, and you falling in love with it, and it with you.
    These are special and treasured memories.
    With my love,
    from,
    Maureen xx

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