Tag: History

Short Poems: Remembrance and Hope

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Short poems from over the seasons and years:

harvested fields
plowed in hope
of Spring
remembrance

Deep calleth unto deep *
filling my heart with hope
greater than my mind

The first line is from Psalm 42 (KJV).

cold
yet from this ground
daffodils will grow
again

small snowdrops
continue to bloom
remembrance

(Spring 2021)

My father was a veteran and history teacher. This year, I am growing a new interest in history. There are so many ways to learn.

Veterans Day 2021

Prayers for peace . . .

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History, Literature, Memoirs

I watch the news, and think of my parents, and the history they lived through. My father taught history, and my mother taught English composition and literature. Both volunteered after they retired. I am constantly learning more about history, as more stories are told and heard. Books written. Through literature, we can also understand more. There are novels and books of poetry on my shelves written from places I am not likely to visit.

My parents had “big picture faith” and majored in unconditional love. I was 29 years old when my father died, and 50 when my mother died. My brother’s passing was last year. We shall meet again.

And I am grateful for our blogs. I have learned of art online and books by contemporary authors and artists. This is a good way to grow.

This week we donated old clothes to the Good As New Resale Shop in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.

Last year, we enjoyed giving copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to Little Free Libraries in the general area. There is a Little Free Library site.

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

beautiful with
and without flowers
vase from my mother

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new space

new space
on a few shelves
donated books

I enjoyed creating a collection of books for Goodwill. History, memoirs, letters, biography, inspirational, novels, and poetry books were included. A book may belong to more than one category (history, biography, memoir).

Reading about another person’s journey can be a great encouragement. There may be a long time between books. I may read a poet and admire craft – and then the poet shares about many revisions. And sometimes the art is simply a gift. So this is a good time of reflection as well.

Now I am thinking about music, and small press books and poetry journals. For example, I have Christmas CDs by Amy Grant – maybe I will donate one CD. And I have more than one copy of some journals – perhaps received an extra copy as payment for work or a donation – and can share with others.

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sun through a window

sun through a window
falls on the green plant
reaches the earth

I have been watching some good programs. I’ve always enjoyed biographies, memoirs, and stories about creativity. The American Masters series on PBS is interesting.

There is the context of history, past and current, the large events. And also personal history. For example, how place and health affect and shape art.

Two examples of programs I watched are about Twyla Tharp Choreographer, and Flannery O’Connor Writer.