In June, we traveled to the Bedlam Farm open house in Cambridge, NY at the home of Jon Katz and Maria Wulf. Jon is a New York Times bestselling writer/blogger and Maria is an artist. Jon is an author, photographer and has written several books about living with dogs and animals. I have a been a fan of Jon’s work for many years and a regular reader of his blog, Bedlam Farm Journal. Jon and Maria have created a growing creative community on line and a place of encouragement for many writers and artists. Twice a year they host an open house at Bedlam Farm. I will be sharing several posts about the day we spent there.
A highlight of the afternoon was meeting Mary Kellogg. Mary lives on a farm in North Hebron, NY. And lives there alone.
She is a wonderful poet and gave a reading of some of her latest poems. I have shared a couple of poems here from her book, My Place on Earth. The book includes Jon Katz’s beautiful photos and was published by Bedlam Farm Books. Mary has been writing poetry since she was 11 years old, but never showed her poems to anyone until recently. Many thanks to Jon and Maria for encouraging Mary and publishing her work.
paths can stray through endless days
with a whistle and a song
or travel by the river
Where life is lax and long
they can lead a wedding march
on a path known by heart
or close a path in funeral arch
when life finds peace at last
a stone and cobble path worn smooth
by endless wandering feet
can find the soft and tender touch
where sand and seashore meet
the orb of day and silver footed queen
take infinite paths thru cosmic light
some of these can not be seen
but by the minds of those who dream
wind can find a path within a pile of leaves
spin them recklessly on angels wings
where in the winter ice will form
skating paths for hooves and things
paths can lead us high or low
sadness laughter joy and love
paths of life can be fast or slow
count your paths and you will know
April 24, 2002
at dawn light
magic of song
garlands of joy.
a stone wall
for a lyrical evening show
announcing summer dusk
while night waits in the wings
May 5, 2007
Hearing Mary read was joyous. It was a pleasure to meet her, she has much to share about life with a earthy luminosity.