B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – August 6, 2016

Are you like me? When I go to thrift stores, second hand books stores, or used book sales I head for the poetry section. It’s like a treasure hunt – digging through boxes and searching jumbled shelves.

At one book sale I found a small, dark gray book, There Are Men Too Gentle To Live Among Wolves by James Kavanaugh. A new poet for me.

He was born in 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and died in 2009. Kavanaugh was an ordained Roman Catholic priest who left the priesthood to pursue a writing career. He questioned many of the practices of his church and wrote a number of books and articles about his feelings.
He has also written a children’s book, novels, and a dozen books of poetry – poetry that is real and personal.

Here is the poem I’ve chosen as our inspiration this week –

Soft And Silent

Everything I love is soft and silent,
My cat, the morning, the end of day,
Even the moon in its way.

Everything I love is soft and silent,
The water, the forest, the snow at play,
Even the mountain in its way

Everything I love is soft and silent,
The sun on the sand, a rainy day,
Even the wind in its way

Everything I love is soft and silent,
The grass, the brook, the leaves at play,
Even you in your way

© James Kavanaugh

Like my cat
I often feel like purring
when you’re near
when you speak
the sound of your voice lights up
a dark moonless night

© cgk 2016

After you’ve written your Shadorma or other poem post it on your own blog, tag it B&Ps Shadorma and Beyond and MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie, then link it here so we can all read and enjoy.

Thanks for joining me here. Can’t wait to read your poems.


  1. one thing leads to another – a great find Candy which has now led me to further exploration of this poet so thank you for the lead and the prompt

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  2. What a find! Thank you for the intro to this beautiful poem . I must keep this poet in mind and try to find some of his poems. Your shadorma is also lovely Candy.


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