I am just a little girl from a small town near the woods.
Born of parents who adored me,
but who moved too often for my tolerance.
Their adoration, surprisingly not embraced
by the rest of the world, only carried me so far.
Though they found me, they never found themselves.
My father, leaving this earth at the right time, left far too soon.
And my mother, never finding her peace and prosperity,
left too for the higher plain.
I am woman who toiled because I was taught to do so.
Working kept me whole and tore me asunder. I was envied and pitied.
There were the mean spirited and evil, gracious and good.
I mothered with pain, but the responsibility of joy held me.
I married with strife and waited for peace.
In all, battles begged for understanding.
Then future, carried by angels, came without fanfare.
It brought the sweetness of a havened life and
my cherished and kind love.
I am a woman who has been blessed with many good friends,
with men who have loved me and with beauty that has surrounded me.
I am a woman whose strength and style and grace
has impressed many and fooled most of the same.
I am a woman aging with effort, slowing with care,
still trying to cipher the points; where to go, what to be,
and in that paradox, content where I am. It is enough.
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