In our beginning literary series we are thrilled to have author/poet/blogger Jeanne Claire Probst join Bethel Advocate as a contributor, sharing her “Thought and Poem” written works with us. Her work covers many topics. She is excited to be fulfilling a life-long dream of writing a novel of which “The Fifteen Houses, a Novel” is her first published work. I think you will enjoy!
Report by Paula Antolini
March 19, 2015 8:36AM EDT
In our beginning literary series we are thrilled to have author/poet/blogger Jeanne Claire Probst join Bethel Advocate as a contributor, sharing her “Thought and Poem” written works with us. Her work covers many topics. She is excited to be fulfilling a life-long dream of writing a novel of which “The Fifteen Houses, a Novel” is her first published work. I think you will enjoy! (Read more about Jeanne Claire Probst below.)
THOUGHT AND POEM
Written By Jeanne Claire Probst
For many people their pets are like family… perhaps “family members” who have been more loyal to them then their own flesh and blood. Dogs and cats have long been known for their loyalty to their masters and we can know that we can count on them to be there when we have a moment where we need a little attention and licks.
Unlike children, we can pick out the cat or dog that we will feel will be just right for us… a good match. We can sense most time almost immediately when we find the right one to take home to be our pet.
There were many times in my life when I knew I could depend on our cats and dogs to give me the support I needed when life was a little difficult for me. Petting the soft fur, hearing the meows and purrs or barks, their understanding eyes, their wagging tails, the rubbing of their bodies against our legs all these have a way of bringing us back around as they beg us in their own little ways to allow them to comfort us.
It takes another pet lover to know the loss when our loyal friends pass away. We expect to see them and they are not there. We cry, we talk about the funny things they did and we allow the memories to help heal our hearts while we grieve. I have been there and I know the feeling of losing a best friend.
What about you? What do you do that helps you in the moments you are mourning your pet friend? Share your thoughts with us…
Jeanne Claire Probst
Grieving a Cat or Dog…
Written by Jeanne Claire Probst
I held you in my hands, when you were so small,
I watched you grow into the wonderful friend I came to know,
I knew you before you had a chance to belong to someone else
I chose you from my heart; there was an instant attraction we both felt.
You followed me around in my every day’s
You loyally listened, and obeyed,
You comforted my tears when I did not feel okay
You were always there and by my side you did stay.
With sorrow I will grieve, there will be tears in my eyes
I feel your loss…deep inside
I will mourn you for the good friend you have been
There was love, there was friendship…and I will miss you forever my friend.
Jeanne Claire Probst
The Fifteen Houses, a Novel
The Fifteen Houses is the first book of this new and exciting series to be published. Staged in the beautiful and scenic palate of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in the early 1950’s, the main character delves into her reoccurring and discomforting memories of her younger, formative years. Searching for answers to questions that have resurfaced in her mind over and over again during her time away from her family, she seeks to find rhyme and reasons to her insecurities, anger, phobias, fears, and life’s choices. Julianne Marguerite, one of eleven children, is determined to uncover the “mystery” that resulted in the downfall of her family. As you turn the pages in the book, each series of memories, will open a different door, to the different homes, (“Fifteen” to be exact).
ABOUT JEANNE CLAIRE PROBST
Jeanne Claire Probst was born and raised in the New England state of Massachusetts, is retired an lives in Ludlow. She is excited to be fulfilling a life-long dream of writing a novel of which “The Fifteen Houses, a Novel” is her first published work.
Jeanne shares her poetry blog, “Thought and Poem,” on her Facebook Page: Jeanneclaire Probst that is aimed to encourage, comfort, and share with others what it feels like to be human! She is also doing her part in bringing awareness around bullying and finding solutions to redirect anger and disappointments and her blog: Breaking Down the Bully Wall – One Action at a Time can also be followed on Facebook.
For more information about the author, her book and poetry visit: