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An Arbor in the Desert for Poets

In the place where trumpet vines bloomed in the desert, an arbor hung over some children while words danced poetry above their heads. Continue reading

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Dear March – Come in!

How are things in your part of the world? It may not feel like spring, but I know it’s coming, the calendar tells me so. And also the sky, the birds, the tiny signs of life I see poking through … Continue reading

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I Am From

I AM FROM By Jennifer @ Diary of 1 I am from dusty country roads, From Vick’s Vapor Rub And handmade clothes. I am from the dirt floors of a house built from corrugated iron and boards, With unshaded lightbulbs … Continue reading

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October’s Party

This painting Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais (1856) fits the following poem so well. I can just imagine that these are my own four children gathering leaves and admiring their beauty. These girls in the long velvet dresses may … Continue reading

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Hark, I hear a robin calling!

Hark, I hear a robin calling! List, the wind is from the south! And the orchard-bloom is falling Sweet as kisses on the mouth. In the dreamy vale of beeches Fair and faint is woven mist, And the river’s orient … Continue reading

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Happy 80th, Mom

My mother is now officially an octogenarian. I pray the 80s will bring her peace, grace, beauty, and good health. Here she is making her way down our driveway with a few of the kids this week, who love to … Continue reading

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When Kids Explore: The Black Feather

Little L was so delighted to find a feather during our last hike about the property. Never mind we find them all the time, each new discovery still holds a bit of magic. Here’s a little poem I wrote for … Continue reading

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Morning

I am barely squeaking this one in…SmallWorld’s Spring Poetry Contest. Ends April 10, which as I write, West Coast Time, is over in 6 minutes. This poem is called Morning, which I liken to Spring. If you take the stages … Continue reading

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The Sun Broke Through

The Sun Broke Through by me, with apologies to the real poets out there The sun broke through, we must find a trail, Explore the woods, the creatures, the mountains. Creator God, how do You know Just when I need … Continue reading

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Winter Fun

My husband and I took our kids and a few of the cousins ice skating on Christmas Eve. We survived with only a few bumps and bruises, remarkable considering that between just the two of us, we managed seven children … Continue reading

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Ode to Veterans

November 11, 2007. Thank you, all veterans of all times. I remembered an old poem my mom wrote, and rummaged around this morning and thankfully found it. Her father was a WWI veteran. He spent the last decade of his … Continue reading

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In Memory: On the Threshold

It’s been a very painful week. Today, Friday, April 20, 2007, has been marked as a day of mourning for the 32 victims of the massacre at Virginia Tech. In memory, here is a poem by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) called … Continue reading

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Sans Souci Way

With April being National Poetry Month, I’ll continue to highlight some poetic pieces, mostly drawing from the expansive creativity of my own family. My cousin, Dick Smith, wrote this beautiful piece I’m featuring here. I was missing Michigan today, so … Continue reading

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Good Friday

“Stay, don’t go,” is what my heart would want to say. But it’s the Father’s will, and today, I’m so grateful beyond understanding (I can never know all He suffered) for the sacrifice over 2000 years ago. The crucifixion of … Continue reading

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Lilium longiflorum

Ahh, the lovely Easter lily has arrived! I got mine today and just admired its stark white beauty and trumpet-shaped flowers, and my heart rejoiced in the symbolism of resurrection life. Here it is, that white-robed apostle of hope, on … Continue reading

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Lucy Faull

Mom had great fun in the late 1960s early 1970s with her poetry group, The Rimers of Tucson, Arizona. She was the youngest of the group, and I don’t think any of those folks are alive anymore. One special lady … Continue reading

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The power of words, and Doors

THE POWER OF WORDS Words cannot imprint The world on me. Only life can register A blackbird in a tree. Yet when the blackbird’s gone, Words can make me see His red wing flash in summer Just as it used … Continue reading

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An old familiar street

AN OLD FAMILIAR STREET Will I suddenly find myself walking Down an old familiar street, That once had something lacking But now is quite complete? Will heaven be the earth again, But me a different man– With eyes to see … Continue reading

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In Him we live and move and have our being

I thought I’d take the Apostle Paul’s tactic with Athens, and quote some poetry for Germany. Around A.D. 50, Paul went to preach in Athens, then eminently famous for learning, philosophy, and fine arts. And godless idolatry. The Athenians actually … Continue reading

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Happy 78th, Mom!

Mom adds another year every ides of March, and here she is at 78! I caught her by a great old Juniper tree on our property that is about as much a character as she is. She said this particular … Continue reading

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The poet on art

Time to continue the March tribute to my mother’s poetry. See the in-house poet if you missed her introduction. Mom loves art as well as poetry, so her poem entitled “Art” is the perfect marriage of the two. I asked … Continue reading

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The in-house poet

I’ll be dedicating the “poetry” category of this blog to my mother, and will feature her amateur poetry of the past 60 years or so. My mom lives with us, so she’s the in-house poet. She celebrates her 78th birthday … Continue reading

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