Grateful for Annie

*Open any of Ann Chiapetta’s books and you cross the threshold directly into her heart. Her words advocate for human dignity, family connections, independence of mind and spirit. Perhaps the most vibrant thread throughout her poetry as well as her prose is Ann’s recognition of the important role dogs play in human experience–as teammates in independent travel, as soul-mates in navigating life. And while I have never hugged er in person, I feel Ann’s genuine good nature just speaking to her over the phone and when reading her words*

**

The Marriage Pot

*from Upwelling by Ann Chiapetta*

Our first place was a fourth-floor apartment

in a prewar walk-up.

I grew to hate laundry day

grocery shopping,

walking the dog.

The dog abhorred our new home.

Her agitation was so intense

she took up chewing

when she never had before.

Her change and the roaches prompted

us to question our decision to stay.

The vibes were ornery.

So were the nightmares.

I don’t remember many pleasant things that happened.

We worked, we partied,

we hardly spoke to each other.

We bought the spaghetti pot

the second night we moved in.

I made gravy after scrubbing the kitchen

and laying down roach traps.

The pot went with us on all our camping trips

and finally to our new apartment.

The dog stopped chewing the day

we left the old walk–up.

Fifteen years later,

I have said good–bye to Blackie,

our second apartment, and its mice.

Our new place is

free of bugs and vermin and bad vibes.

The spaghetti pot is still with us, too.

I look at it sometimes, thinking,

if anything we owned

could represent our marriage, it is this pot.

It has weathered the fires beneath it,

protecting its contents from the heat.

It isn’t pretty to look at,

and pales when set beside a newer, unused one.

But, despite its dulled finish and dents,

it’s a trustworthy part of our kitchen.

Just like our hearts when it comes to our marriage.

I can depend on it

to boil the macaroni just right in record time.

What we put in the pot is

as important as what comes out of it.

Well–flavored commitments,

hot–simmering passion, spiced tongues,

all tempered in a trustworthy apparatus

complete with scorch marks

and dents of good use,

reminding us how far we’ve come.

For Jerry

September 2000

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Ann Chiappetta M.S. author and poet.

Making meaningful connections with others through writing.

Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue magazine, among others. Her poems are often featured in Poesis, The Pangolin Review, the Avocet, and Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath and Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow.

Her first two books, a poetry collection, UPWELLING: POEMS C 2016 and memoir, FOLLOW YOUR DOG A STORY OF LOVE AND TRUST C 2017, are available from all eBook sellers in electronic and print softcover, and as audio books from Audible.

Ann’s third book WORDS OF LIFE: POEMS AND ESSAYS C 2019 can also be purchased in all eBook formats and in softcover. The Audible audio book will be released in Fall 2020. Ann’s newest title, A String of Stories: From the Heart to the Future C 2020, is also available as an eBook and softcover.

Ann’s blog: www.thought-wheel.com. Ann’s personal website: www.annchiappetta.com

9 thoughts on “Grateful for Annie

  1. Good afternoon my beautiful friends, Joan and Annie.
    This is a magnificent post for this beautiful #SocialMediaMonday afternoon.
    I’ve shared it round and will also feature it during #WordPressWednesday so watch for that coming soon.
    Oh, yeah, Joan and Annie, this was my favorite poem of the entire book.
    If you followers of Joan haven’t read this book yet, you must get and all Annie’s other books straight away.
    They’re incredible!

      1. Hi Joan.

        I am happy to assist you and others like you with promoting and getting the word out about their beautiful work.

        It’s always a Pleasure and Privilege to work with you.

        Patty L. Fletcher

        Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

        Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

        Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

        Food For Thought

        We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

        -John-Roger, DSS

        Source: New Day Herald website

  2. Hi Joan, thanks for your friendship and kind words. I am so glad we connected. 😊

    Ann Chiappetta, Author

    Anniecms64@gmail.com

    ` Making meaningful connections with others through writing `

    914.393.6605

    http://www.annchiappetta.com Facebook Annie Chiappetta

    “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

    * Joseph Campbell

      1. This is what it’s all about.

        Making connections and new friendships.

        Patty L. Fletcher

        Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

        Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

        Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

        Food For Thought

        We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

        -John-Roger, DSS

        Source: New Day Herald website

      2. …well, darling Patty, the circle of Love just goes round and round…glad to share the dizziness with you and Annie!

      3. 🎠

        Round-and-Round-Round!

        Patty L. Fletcher

        Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

        Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

        Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

        Food For Thought

        We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

        -John-Roger, DSS

        Source: New Day Herald website

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