Sunday, April 8, 2012

Holding Moments

      Happy Easter and Passover everyone.  Each holiday we are reminded of other ones in the past, where we were, who we were with, what we used as traditions, even perhaps why we did celebrate with those traditions.  I have been more reflective lately and tonight wrote this poem because I was looking for another picture and came across an early school picture of me.  And, so I wrote.


When I gaze upon the photograph

Of me
I see
A little girl whose face just makes me smile
And pause
Because
In having lingering thoughts of years ago
I find I hold the happiest moments in tow
Those round
Eyes brown
Remind me of good events—of course don't last
But I am ever gladdened by my past.





Don't forget to check on the Poetry Tag Group shown at the right!  And look at Jama Rattigan's blog post at Jama's Alphabet Soup  to discover so many Poetry sites in the kidlitosphere doing wonderful things!  Cathy, at Merely Day By Day, is joining Mary Lee, at A Year of Reading in a poem a day this month. Other daily poem writers include Amy at The Poem Farm, and Donna at Mainely Write.

17 comments:

  1. Look at you, such sweetness in those brown eyes. "But I am ever gladdened by my past." Beautiful line that pulls all your reflections together. Happy Easter and happy memory making.

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    1. Thanks Betsy. As you know, I loved your post today. I hope you continue creating and finding new avenues for teaching like that music.

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  2. I see some of your granddaughter in that photo. "I find I hold the happiest moments in tow" is perfect and so true, it is always best just to let the rest go.
    Happy Easter. I hope you find happy moments today.
    Tammy

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    1. Thank you I had a lovely brunch with my daughter, son-in-law & 2 grand girls! Tammy, I hope you had a wonderful Easter too.

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  3. Another lovely poem, Linda! Love how you phrased "In having lingering thoughts of years ago
    I find I hold the happiest moments in tow." That photo of you as a little girl - adorable! I'm teaching preschool because of adorable faces like this!! Writing poetry is an ideal outlet for your reflections - these poems capture beautiful emotions.

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    1. Maureen, what a nice compliment, those adorable faces make me smile, especially my granddaughters. The oldest has some special teachers right now, so I admire all of you who begin that wonderful school experience for the youngest ones.

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  4. In having lingering thoughts of years ago
    I find I hold the happiest moments in tow

    Loved those lines! I am reflective,too...having returned from such a lovely time with my parents,and remembering so many moments from so long ago.

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    1. Thanks Tara-I assume you are back & getting ready for school again. I hope you had a wonderful trip & that you write about it.

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  5. Linda, That beautiful little girl grew up to be a beautiful love-scatterer. I am thinking about you today and am happy you got to be with those 2 little echoes from this photo. We are driving from VT (my sister) to MA (Mark's sister) right now... Happy Easter! a.

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  6. Linda,
    You are right the traditions of the holidays do cause us to pause and remember. I think this very thing inspired my poem for today. I enjoyed your school picture. I enjoyed your line, "lingering thoughts of years ago." It seems these memories are the ones we hold tightly to for many years.

    Cathy

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    1. Thank you Cathy. I just read your post & loved that you had such a closeness with your grandmother's kitchen and yours.

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  7. Ooh Linda, I'm dazzled by the fact that you keep coming up with such powerful poems day after day! This is such a perfect description of the way childhood photos evoke such strong feelings. I love the line "I find I hold the happiest moments in tow". Good for you!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I appreciate your reading my posts very much!

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  8. We were kids...so hard to believe now that we're living in these wrinkling bodies...and those 24 kids I share my days with...they will be (God willing) old as me one day...and I'll be gone...and the river keeps running...time keeps flowing...so hard to believe, even when you see it before your eyes...

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  9. LOVE this photo of you, Linda. And what a poem! You continue to spread the gladness in your heart wherever you go. ♥

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  10. when I look at this photograph I see
    wisdom
    intelligence
    compassion
    and someone I admire greatly.

    I, too, am ever gladdened by my past. . . .dear sister!

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