Today we have another wonderful written piece from Jeanne Claire Probst, in our continuing literary series.
Report by Paula Antolini
March 22, 2015 11:16AM EDT
Today we have another wonderful written piece from Jeanne Claire Probst, in our continuing 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
We have had some pretty crazy weather here in New England. Lots of snow…sub-freezing temperatures and rain, but today I had no complaints. It was a beautiful day. It was quiet and I could hear the birds chirping and our family of squirrels came to visit us for their daily supply of “honey roasted” nuts. There are a million of acorns in the yard, left over from fall, but they won’t touch them…if they can “beg” the “good” stuff from us. After throwing out a handful for the momma and her babies, they playfully chased each other around the yard, in between moments of time outs to munch on a honey roasted nut snack.
We get so busy in our lives, and have so many different kinds of “overloads,” going on around us that we forget to see the “little” thing, the “simple” things happening right before our very eyes. I love the warm days when the sun gives off enough heat so that I can stand outside on my porch and just watch the action going on around me. I love how the squirrels and the birds have learned that I will not harm them and I consider them my “friends.”
This all made for a great start to my day, and barring some minor inconveniences, the day was pretty much relaxing. I love these kinds of days. I wish we had more of them.
What about you? Do you find yourself mesmerized by the warmth of the sun, the animals in your neighborhood that come out to greet you, that you just know it is going to be a great day? Share your thoughts with us…
Jeanne Claire Probst
A Beautiful Day
Written by Jeanne Claire Probst
It is such a beautiful day,
The sun is out, warm; I wish it didn’t go away.
The squirrels are gathering nuts and chasing each other around in the yard,
The puddles have disappeared from yesterday’s rain; you would not believe it had rained so hard.
The sky is blue, a few clouds here and there,
Birds are resting on a tree limb, chirping to each other as I stare.
A cat is crossing the street and is hiding on the porch behind a chair,
Squirrels, birds… a CAT… BEWARE!
I make a little noise to scare the cat away,
The birds and the squirrels are my friends and I want to keep it this way.
No cat is going to make a meal out of my friends,
My guard is up, my eyes are watching, my friends I will defend.
The daylight hours are passing by and it is getting dark,
The birds have left, but the squirrels are still running up and down the tree, clinging to the bark.
I shut my curtains, and pull down my shades,
The sun, the warmth, the birds, the squirrels… the cat going away… all made for a wonderful day.
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: