We are pleased to offer a series of writings for your enjoyment by local author Frank Sterle Jr. We will add pieces monthly so check back often for new stories.
A little about the author….
Since 1996, Frank Sterle Jr. has edited and produced small-circulation mental-health-related publications, to which he also contributed his own writings.
For a brief time in the mid1990s, he held a part-time position as a staff reporter and contributing writer with two community newspapers, The Burnaby News and The New Westminster News, at which he had just completed his journalism program practicum.
Also during the 1990s, typically on an annual basis, he’d have a guest column article in either of Vancouver’s two metro-daily newspapers, The Province and The Vancouver Sun; also, on two occasions he had a piece in The Sun’s (former) Saturday Review weekend supplement. He also had a half-dozen or so pieces in the CMHA journal Visions.
Perhaps his most notable achievements, he edited and produced two anthologies, both to which he also contributed written works.
Furthermore, he was/am the editor/producer of local, small-circulation mental-health-related publications, including The Whale Houser, all to which he frequently contribute(d) his own works.
Other than one statistics math course, his entire post-secondary education consists of a half-dozen English and creative writing courses, on top of a diploma program in Mass Communications and Journalism from (the since renamed) Kwantlen College.
Oh, How My Cat Just Loved That Large Plastic Bag
You, our pet, loved that huge plastic bag,
for it crinkled and crackled, which you’d dig,
rolling around inside that bag so big
as though you were tempted to really brag
and your sweet black tail did truly wag;
then you were sped fed that dark, healthy fig,
fresh fish and you’d eat a fig?—quite the jig
… but, oh, that bag, that beacon, that loud flag.
Although you bore a metal I.D. tag
and did not make yourself a mealtime pig,
you still required the odd verbal nag,
still better than the SPCA brig
or the humane society’s great drag
or the abused-feline-that’s-starving gig.
ODE: to a Galloping, Black Feline
Oh, how adorable it was to see you feline,
galloping up and down the hallway, yourself you’d hurl
with your tail up—your shiny, black tail—in a curl
as though it was a protruding, thick, balancing vine;
so we, your human hosts, did not need a Valentine
as long as we had you, cherished you, our gorgeous girl,
almost worshiped you as one might a stout British earl,
how could we not?—you, our sleek, silky pet so fine?
And it amazed us as you lived out your lives nine,
there in the part of the map known as populace rural,
avoiding the neighboring, vicious pit-bull canine;
so, we’re pleased you galloped freely, our priceless pearl,
throughout the hallway before you took a break to dine
and we, your hosts, thought of you as a gorgeous mural.
She Murred, Purred & Drooled
Over the castle Mimi the cat ruled
and when so finely brushed was quite well heard:
stroked with its bristles, Mimi would’ve murred
and purred; then she’d have pleasurably drooled,
feeling so pleasant, she’d nobody fooled
and needing not to have expressed her ‘word’
that this much gratefulness should have occurred,
then lying on the cement, she’d felt cooled.
She’d recently together her fleas pooled,
upon her furry body they had stirred
and with whom she’d continuously dueled
(enduring such parasites was absurd!),
through which the itching was promptly fueled,
this outdoor cat wouldn’t ever be cured.