Funny Duchess

Blog of artist and poet, Michelle Seaman

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May 31, 2017

Fish

I have a brother who understands how I crave fish. When I was in Florida for the month of March, my brother Micheal took my sister-in-law Charleen and me to a place in Dunedin called Frenchy’s Outpost. This lovely restaurant was biking distance from Caledesi State Park, one of my favorite places on the planet. – Read More –

May 28, 2017

My Florida

I was in Florida, one of my former homes, for the month of March. Like all of my homes, this is a place that partially defines me. Here’s how… Near my alma mater, the University of South Florida, there is a county park called Flatwoods. It has a 7-mile, paved trail that loops through swampland. – Read More –

May 9, 2017

Fire

I have a brother who understands my love of fire. When I was in Florida in March, I woke up one morning to the smell of burning wood. I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. Matthew had started a fire for me! Better yet, he had set up my special chair, “Spicey,” a – Read More –

March 12, 2017

Poets and Wolves

Sometimes, all I have to do is pay attention and ideas for poems present themselves to me. It was Thursday, and I wanted Chopin. I wanted my favorite Polish potato vodka, and I expressed this to my friend, Mercedes. She reminded me that there was a liquor store in Tarrytown, where conveniently, I would be – Read More –

March 6, 2017

My Holy Book

I keep a copy of the Norton Book of Nature Writing on my bedside table. I read selections from this book every night for comfort and inspiration. The collection includes some of my favorite writers like: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, D.H. Lawrence, Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson, E.B. White, John Steinbeck, Rachel – Read More –

February 27, 2017

Miko and The Snowflake Love Letter Poem

Miko and I have entered a competition! For the past couple of months, my sweet friend and I have been collaborating on a sculpture. It all began with Miko asking me if I wanted to participate in a contest that had to do with snowflakes. I was intrigued. She explained that every year, there is – Read More –

January 30, 2017

Trilogy Consignment

There’s a song called “Happiness” by Clark Gesner. The first lines are: Happiness is finding a pencil, sleeping in moon light, telling the time. The song goes on to describe simple things that can make a kid happy. Thanks to Trilogy Consignment in Tarrytown, this kid has found happiness, and I have my own version – Read More –

January 30, 2017

Wendy and Her Spring Rolls

I just learned how to make Chinese spring rolls! My neighbor, Wendy, invited me to her home for this lesson. She wanted to practice her English conversation skills, and I wanted to learn a new recipe, so it was a perfect exchange! I climbed the steps to Wendy’s apartment, and the first thing I saw – Read More –

December 14, 2016

Hallows Salon

In late October, my mothers-in-law, Amy and Shatar, came for a visit. Benjamin and I decided to throw a little party for them, and the party turned into a salon! Yay! One of my Halloween wishes came true! Formally, a salon is defined as “an assembly of guests in a (drawing room or parlor), especially – Read More –

November 27, 2016

Poetry in Tim’s for Twelve Bucks

Years ago, I went into Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. I selected a copy of Ariel by Sylvia Plath and headed to the register. As I placed my book down on the counter, the saleswoman asked, “Are you a poet?” “Yes,” I responded, “how did you know?” “Oh,” she answered in a blasé tone, – Read More –

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