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Easy Like Sunday: Pawprints and Raindrops

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Early on a rainy morning...

It is a gently raining morning, and now afternoon, so I share this poem in print and in the recorded version…


I am not awake but aware
of the sound of raindrops
whispering in the leaves and tapping on the roof
in the early morning, still dark
and little Kelly, sensing my awareness
hurries over and steps on my back;
I feel her tiny cold paws dimpling the surface of my skin
as I drift off in the murmur of her purr and the rain
I think of raindrops on water,
I am the water, my skin the surface
and I can look up and in the increasing daylight
see the circular ripples of contentment
mingling on my own surface.

poem © 2010 B. E. Kazmarski

You can listen to the poem too—see the link below.

About the poem…

I wrote this poem in 2009 but finalized it in 2010 just in time for my annual poetry reading at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in February 2010. “Pawprints and Raindrops” went on to be published in a variety of sites on the internet, and it also won both a Certificate of Excellence and Muse Medallion for poetry from the Cat Writer’s Association in 2010. In spring 2012 I began recording some of my poems, especially those with highly visual content so that I could also create a slideshow of images to accompany the text.

I’ve recorded it with a slideshow of images and uploaded it to YouTube, but you can click the embedded video below and watch it right here.

Enjoy other poems about my cats.

Listen to other recorded poems about my cats.

Visit my YouTube site for all my recorded poems (so far).


About my poetry and poetry readings

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"Paths I Have Walked"

In December, 2006, two of my poems were chosen to be published on a section of the Prairie Home Companion website entitled “Stories From Home/First Person” for submissions of writing about the place we feel most familiar. ACFL&MH invited me to perform a poetry reading and to display the artwork that inspired those poems.

After each show I’ve built a web page with the poetry and art I featured. Please visit, read my poetry and view my artwork. My prior readings have been:

“Paths I Have Walked” in 2007, featuring “Dusk in the Woods”;

“Winter Twilight” in 2008, featuring “Summer Morning on the Creek”;

“Change of Season” in 2009, featuring “Autumn in the Valley”;

“Coming Spring” in 2010, featuring “Spring Comes to a Bend in the Creek”

In 2011 I published a small book of my poetry from these four readings entitled Paths I Have Walked. Right now it’s still available in print—read more about it on my Portraits of Animals Marketplace blog or order it from my website. You can also find it in the poetry section of my website if you’d like to visit there and read more of my poetry.

I am currently preparing Paths I Have Walked for various e-readers. I will eventually produce an audio version as well, and somehow a version with the slideshows.


All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.


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4 thoughts on “Easy Like Sunday: Pawprints and Raindrops

  • I love the poem, Bernadette — the word choice, the rhythm…
    And, while I’m at it, congrats on your Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Phoebe here approves of their decision 100%, and her approval is not easily won.

    • Tammy, thank you very much. Everything starts out visual for me, but it’s just an indescribable joy to choose the words to convey what I see.

      And tell Phoebe I am very, very honored! My kids just roll their eyes.

  • Bernadette, I am so delighted to discover your poetry and thoroughly enjoyed listening to you read “Pawprints and Raindrops.” It’s so wonderfully visual and evokes such a cozy, comforting atmosphere. The sound of each line flows so beautifully into the next. I’ve read it several times now and eager to explore more of your work.

    • Thanks for the great compliment! I’ve really come to enjoy recording my poetry, and I can’t seem to do it without the images. I’ll be doing more and posting it.


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