Here is a 2013 article about Marianne McNeil Logan and selected poems from her book, Moments in Morning. The article is from Amarillo Southwest Life Magazine, which is no longer in existence.
Marianne McNeil Logan’s publications will make you
laugh and cry through her life stories.
by Danny Mize
When you see “Moments
in Mourning,” the book of poetry
by Amarillo author Marianne
McNeil Logan, you may dismiss
it because of its small size or title.
After all, who wants to read about
grief—even if it is small enough
to tuck into a purse or carry in
Give it a chance! The 60-page book
traces her journey with her husband’s
illness and decline into the pain of grief
upon his death in 1991, after 42 years
of marriage. The reader witnesses her
transition from mourning to hope with
thoughts of, “I’m taking off my wedding
rings, to pack them carefully away with
other sentimental things.”
There’s a message to Grant, her deceased
husband: “I stand atop our small
white bridge where haunting shadows
lie; I promised if my life would change,
I’d come to tell you why.” Then, she
writes about finding her second chance
at romance with a lonely widower who
came into her life.
In March 1994, she married that
lonely widower, Claude Logan, of Dumas.
They spent much time traveling to
writing seminars and “cowboy gatherings,”
where she was often a scheduled
speaker. Her joy turned to grief once
again when Claude died in October of
2012, while Marianne was having cancer
surgery on her eyelid.
Unable to focus on writing during
Claude’s illness and death, Marianne
found herself in a two-and-a-half year
writer’s dry spell. Recognizing everyone’s
need to engage in laughter, she
published “The Worth of Mirth: Poetry
for Those Who Love To Laugh and
Those Who Need To” late last year.
This was a project she had begun and
put aside 15 years earlier. It was as if it
“waited” until she needed it to help save
Readers will smile through family
stories and laugh through sections about
each of her husbands. Wait until you
see the “Cowboy Lingo” section, which
wraps up the book.
Marianne McNeil Logan is a much loved
poet and a local treasure. She is a
councilor-at-large for the Poetry Society
of Texas, and has organized many writing
activities for the Panhandle area
writers. She helped establish cowboy
poetry in the Panhandle: Old West Days,
as well as monthly breakfasts held at the
Big Texan (now at the Country Barn).
She founded and moderated the Senior
Citizens group for 20 years. Fifty-six
members were published. She founded
the Tri-State Fair Literary Contest,
has encouraged area poets in readings
on KGNC for National Poetry Day,
promoted poetry readings at the Amarillo
Art Center, set up poetry displays
at “Taste the Arts,” and organized many
cowboy poetry programs in neighboring
Marianne Logan has won over
2,000 poetry contest awards. Three of
her books have garnered five national
awards, two receiving Pulitzer Prize
nominations. Her favorite cowboy poem,
“Someone, Somewhere” is on Youtube.
“Won’t someone help me find a friend
in the old-time cowboy style, who’s
thoughtful, gentle, mannerly, with the
devil in his smile?”
She has been awarded the prestigious
Hilton Ross Greer Award by the Poetry
Society of Texas, the Heritage Award by
the Southwest Cowboy Poetry Association,
and the Lifetime Award from the
Poetry Society of Texas and Texas Hi-Plains
“The Worth of Mirth” is available at Hastings
Bookstore on 45th in Amarillo, “Moments
in Mourning” is at Amazon-Kindle, and both
are available through PayPal at PathPublishing.com.
You will be impressed with her work
and proud that she is a local writer.
Danny Mize is the Bereavement
Coordinator and Chaplain at the
Hospice Care of the Southwest. Visit
hospicesouthwest.com for more info.
Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain
Hospice Care of the Southwest
Offices inside Childers Place
6600 Killgore Drive, Suite 110
Amarillo, TX 79106
Marianne McNeil Logan is an Amarillo native who helps others through the grieving process through her writing. “Moments in Mourning” is her poetic journey of mourning the death of her husband and life afterwards. Read about each of her husbands in “The Worth of Mirth.”
by Megan Douress
Poems from Moments in Mourning —
A guide to the healing of grief
A survivor after losing a mate of 42 years, Marianne McNeil Logan, a well-known rhyming poet, gently leads the reader through unexpected stages of losing a loved one and into the light, discovering a new life is still possible. A poet with many accolades, her chapbooks have garnered five national awards and two Pulitzer Prize nominations, including one for this book.
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Copyright © 2007 Marianne McNeil Logan
4302 W. 51st #121
Amarillo, Texas 79109-6159
These final hours are precious ones
while knowing end is near,
and I must hide my grieving heart
and overwhelming fear.
I’ll hold you close, my hand in yours,
while eyes are filled with tears.
How can you ever say goodbye
to love of forty years?
We talk of pride in grownup sons,
in what they’ve done, and will―
it’s much too soon to say goodbye
because we need you still.
I’m tired of people telling me
“You must be very strong
to bear your grief the way you do.”
Why can’t they see they’re wrong?
I’m weak, alone, and so afraid,
yet still, I guess, I try
to fill my days with busy things,
Breaking the Chain
The sonnet she had written about time
that heals the heart still numbed by hopeless grief
“Till withered autumn leaf ” stabbed deep. Belief
in words she wrote gave added strength to rhyme.
One line said sleep had shielded during plight
with healing powers found in slumbers’ charms,
where I too searched for solace. Mystic arms
of Morpheus still comfort me at night.
The mourning grief and worries since his death
have eased. I realize, self-pity’s chain
that blinds and binds was still creating pain.
I will not let depression taint each breath.
I will no longer let self-pity’s hold
and loneliness control. Let life unfold!
new learning process
struggling to find secure footing
with strangers in this
crazy new world is a bit like
learning to skate
Change of Heart
I'm taking off my wedding rings
to pack them carefully away
with other sentimental things.
Can loneliness corrode heartstrings?
It’s time to live, and laugh, and play;
I'm taking off my wedding rings.
My world reflects what mourning brings
as memories consume and prey,
with other sentimental things.
For far too long, a widow clings
to life that used to be. Today,
I'm taking off my wedding rings.
It’s time to live. Awakenings
start heart to stir; let grieving stay
with other sentimental things,
for hope and faith give spirit wings;
today seems like a holiday.
I'm packing up my wedding rings
with sentimental things.
goes through stages
until one is ready
to open arms and embrace life again
Solace of Beauty
God gives us inspiration, hope in ways
with beauty he has placed for us to praise
like spiraling of showy butterflies,
pinwheeling birds in velvet azure skies,
or when he sends refreshing gentle rain
so land is filled with joyous hope again;
and silver moon’s cloud-cradled lustrous rays
bathe sleeping land with iridescent haze.
Life isn’t always perfect―even fair―
but sometimes, there’s a perfect moment, rare
as dew-dropped rosebud, clutched in trembling hand,
to help the lost, the grieving, understand.
Though one is gone, the daily life goes on―
encouraging with each new day at dawn.
Renewal of Hope
How can one stay immersed in grief
when earth is wreathed in spring,
when every blossomed bough holds birds
that chirp and cheep and sing,
and who can possibly be sad
when every crocus lifts
its furry face to hem the skirts
of tattering snowdrifts?
It’s hard to be unhappy when
the hills are wakening
to burgeoned petaling of veils
that drape incoming spring,
and how can one stay miserable
when grass shows sheen of green,
while trees flaunt limbs of finery
in lacy velveteen?
Oh, how can one still mourn and weep
when flowers stipple slope
to swarm through sun-washed greening fields,
inspiring faith and hope?
This is the season to rejoice,
when land is blossoming
with growth, new life, new hope for all
in celebrating spring.
About the Poet
Marianne McFarland was raised north of Rapid City, near the Black Hills of South Dakota. Her husband of forty-two years, Grant McNeil, died of cancer in April of 1991 in Amarillo, Texas. Two sons live in Amarillo, and one in El Paso.
She started writing poetry after her father’s death at Christmas of 1980. Her mother still lives in Rapid City. She has one brother and three sisters, including her older twin sister, firstborn in the family.
In March of 1994, she married Claude Logan, of Dumas, Texas. They spend much time traveling to writing seminars and cowboy gatherings where she is often a scheduled speaker.
She is a Councilor-at-Large for the Poetry Society of Texas, and has organized many writing activities for the Panhandle area writers. She helped establish cowboy poetry in the Panhandle: Old West Days, monthly breakfasts at the Big Texan, and programs at Barnes & Noble. She founded and helped moderate the Senior Citizens group for twenty years; fifty-six members were published during that time.
She founded the Tri-State Fair Literary Contest, has encouraged area poets in readings on KGNC on National Poetry Day, promoted poetry readings at the Amarillo Art Center, set up poetry displays at “Taste the Arts” at Westgate Center, and organized many cowboy poetry programs in neighboring communities.
A well-known rhyming poet, she has won over 1,000 poetry contest awards! Three of her chapbooks have garnered five national awards and two Pulitzer Prize nominations.
Her poems have been published in several of the NFSF Book of the Year editions, which show the annual contest winners’ poems, as well as those of other state poetry societies, including Texas, Pasque Petals of South Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Minnesota. Anthologies include Galaxy of Verse, Midwest Poetry Review, Jessee Poet, Editor’s Desk, and Rio Grande Review. Her seasonal poems were included in one of the New Horizons Poets’ Timeless Shores, which showcased the works of four poets. Magazines that have published her poems include Good Housekeeping, Alfred Hitchcock Mysteries, Byline, Good Old Days, and others.
In 1986 she was nominated for “Writer of the Year” by Marquis Who’s Who in Poets and Writers of Cambridge, England. Twice she placed in the Top 100 in Writers Digest’s annual international competitions. In 1990 she was the Texas winner of the Arts category in Colonel Sanders’ Senior Citizens Super Achievers Contest.
Always a person of dedicated service, these are a few more of her many accolades: Hilton Ross Greer Award by the Poetry Society of Texas, the Heritage Award by the Southwest Cowboy Poetry Association, and the Lifetime Award from Texas Hi-Plains Writers in Amarillo.
From the press release…
“When we don’t know what to say to a grieving widow, these poems speak words of truth, comfort and guidance from the pen of a gifted poet who writes from experience. After the flowers have faded and reality sets in, this book will continue to bless and heal.” Vivian Ramsey Stewart, past Poet Laureate and former President of the Poetry Society of Oklahoma.
“The 63 poems in this purse-sized book share a woman’s emotions as she watches her husband dying, faces the loneliness, and finds new hope. Other women who have faced or are now facing ‘moments in mourning’ will find poems in the book to express their own emotions.” Madelyn Eastlund, past President of National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Editor of NFSPS’ newsletter Strophes, and Editor of Poets’ Forum Magazine, one of poetry’s leading magazines.
This limited edition is only $7.99 ― 68 pages, 4¼ x 7 (purse size), top stapled, 2.5 ounces. ISBN 978-1-891774-08-9
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