Today I’m excited to introduce you to Kim Meenach, a poet and personal friend. Kim recently published her first collection of poems titled Where Sand Touches Sea…Poems of a Soulful Nature. It contains my favorite of Kim’s poems, Love Among Furniture. We will share that poem with you after our interview.
Kim’s poetry is also published in Oracle 20/20 magazine and in the International Library of Poetry complication Windows of Perception; however, Kim’s preferred way of sharing her poetry is to read it at venues around the city of Atlanta where she lives with her beloved greyhound, Promise.
Now for our interview:
Sabra: Since you are not a poet who actively pursued publication, would you tell us what motivated you, at this time, to publish a collection of your poems?
Kim: Family and friends strongly nudged me for the last few years to put together a collection of poems, but I was still pretty shy and unsure about sharing my poetry with the universe. Then last year, my dad had a stroke and things changed. He had been a huge advocate of wanting me to do a book (he’s an amateur writer himself); and I suddenly felt the fleetingness of time. Simultaneously, my confidence began to grow and become stronger as I did more sharing and readings and continued to receive positive feedback. Divine timing at work, probably. It finally just felt right to do the book. Completed in December, I was able to give my dad the long-awaited poetry book for Christmas. He had tears in his eyes and a smile on his face when he opened the package…and that meant everything to me!
Sabra: Your poem Love Among Furniture thrills me. It begins with neglect, moves to longing, and finally a wish come true. I can feel the gentle maleness of that chair. What was your inspiration for writing Love Among Furniture?
Kim: One of my favorite things is the unknown surprise of what will inspire a poem. It can virtually be anything. Love Among Furniture was inspired by looking into my sunroom and seeing favorite pieces of furniture and art that made me smile. I feel everything has a spirit and personality. I was studying how the room was arranged and started wondering what the chair and the painting, that were facing each other, would think or say, if they were ”real” (think Beauty and the Beast). Then I started thinking about how some art collectors will buy a painting, but then just leave it on the wall. There’s not much interaction with it, once purchased. That felt lonely to me and a mixture of thoughts started swirling in my mind and I started writing. From that interweaving of inspiration, Love Among Furniture was born. And it seems everyone enjoys a little love story with a happy ending.
Sabra: Since I’ve shared my favorite poem in your collection, would you tell us which poem is your favorite and why it is your favorite?
Kim: Hmmmm…well, I actually have two favorites, if that’s okay. December and She. Both poems are a true reflection of my soul because they are full of vulnerability, mystery, and longing.
Sabra: Thank you, Kim. Now I can and will read those two poems with a new perspective. Before we share your poem Love Among Furniture, is there anything you would like to add to our interview?
Kim: First, I’d like to say thank you for choosing to interview me. Second, I’d like to say this to all the closet poets who scribble and write, then just close their notebooks or shove their poems in a drawer: open your notebooks, open your drawers, share your poems with others to give the poems life. Yes, it can be scary, but poetry can be beautiful and emotional – a way to visualize and feel. Sharing can give the gifts of joy, inspiration and healing. To me that is the greatest honor a poem can receive.
Sabra: Kim, thank you for your encouraging words and for doing this interview with me. Keep poeming!
Love Among Furniture
You paid a price for her
took her home and hung her on a nail
in the center of a vacant wall
where there was no illuminating glow
to draw out the topaz of her eyes
or cast away
the shadows from her searching smile.
She was left alone
to collect graying dust.
But the chair across the room
Every day he sat up straight with his tall, caned back
memorizing each brushstroke
that created the radiance
of her face
and the curve of her waist
as she seemingly turned towards him
in a gesture
of saying hello.
When darkness came each night
the chair would sigh
steady in the stillness
wishing she could fall into
his carved mahogany arms
and rest her head against his embracing frame.
Maybe she wished this, too.
The movers came one morning
lifted the portrait from the wall
and gently propped her
into the seat of the antique chair
that was sitting without fanfare
in the corner of the room.
The chair creaked with joy for this long dreamt
dream come true
and thanked the lucky stars
that the Painted Beauty
was finally in his arms.
Kim’s poetry book can be found at Amazon.com.
Where Sand Touches Sea is where you can read Kim’s favorite poems ~ December and She.