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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Join me in Celebrating National Poetry Month




Greetings, Readers!
As many of you are aware, April is National Poetry Month. An annual celebration of a beautiful art form that dates back to biblical days. And actually, for me, my first literary love.
I have been penning pieces since I was a young, awkward teen.

In subsequent years, I've won a few awards, published a few books, and have formed my own poetry group with kindred spirits. So today I thought I'd share "Side B" of me through my poetry.

I hope you enjoy! And if you dig it, do share a comment at the end of this post. 
Deal?



COLOR HER MOTHER
 
A
scapegoat

A safety net
A cheerleader
A molder
A knee-kisser
A hand-holder
The author of childhood tales
With many happy endings
Roots,
Wings,
And countless lovely things
Sometimes spent
Heaven sent
 
Like no other,
Yours,
Mine,
Mothers


FOR A FRIEND WITH ALZHEIMER…


I don’t know how to rescue you
From the deep valleys of desolation
And frustration,
Of foreign landscapes
Of once familiar things,
Misplaced names
And faces
How do I restore
Your joy
Give you back your footing,
Your smile,
Or provide the safety net
That you need
But won’t most times mention?

I wish that I could make you feel safe,
Help you put back the missing pieces
To your life’s puzzle,
 
But for now,
All I can do,
Is love you
Through



 

INDIAN GIVER (A HAIKU)

 
He gave me his heart
Then without advance notice
Bestowed it to her
 
 
 
 
(C) 2017 Jennifer Brown Banks

 
 
Please note: Pen & Prosper will be on a spring break until April 25, 2017. I look forward to reconnecting then!
 
Image credit: https: Pixabay.com/
 
 
P.S.  For those interested, my poetry books are available at Amazon.com.


 

 

15 comments:

  1. Your poetry is evocative and real. I like poetry that is easily understood and speaks to the heart. That last one... I think we've all written a similar one.

    Mine: I'm giving YOU the heave ho. Go feather your nest elsewhere.

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  2. Wonderful, Jen! Makes me think of my mom, who not only was very special, but suffered from Alzheimer's. Thanks for sharing with us. Enjoy your break! :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing your poetry. I truly enjoyed reading these. And thanks for reminding me it was poetry week!

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  4. I enjoyed the poetry. Having had several relatives and one in-law who developed Alzheimer's, I could identify with the second one. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. Thanks, Celeste. I really value your thoughts here. :-)

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  6. Karen,
    Thanks for sharing that. So glad you liked. :-)

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  7. Love these, Jen. Especially the one about mothers. God bless. Enjoy your break!

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    1. Sue,
      Coming from you that is a great compliment; as you know I love your poetry too. :-) Much thanks.

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  8. I am tickled oink, Clee, that U like my work. I appreciate your readership and feedback..so encouraging. :-)

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  9. Oops, that should have read "tickled pink." Lol

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    1. Kim,

      Thanks so kindly! Great to hear from you.

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