Distracted

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I wrote this poem about people who are more tuned in to their electronic devices than to the human beings who are right in front of them.

 

Distracted

 

Eyes far away, glazing

Attention diverted to

Electronic “friends”

Devices to escape

Your reality

Even when it’s right

In front of you

Breathing, talking

Alive and responding

 

In front of you

Never really hearing

Not really seeing

Eyes retreating,

Losing Concentration

diverted to something else

Designed to quicken

communication

Hindering ours

Gasping for air

Swallowing us in solitude

Even when we’re together

 

Especially when

We’re together…

you’re tuned out

The Reading Place

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The Reading Place

 

Home is

where books are

 

collected

accumulated

stored

squirreled away

piled

hoarded

stockpiled

amassed

 

read

loved

cherished

kept

 

Yearning to permeate

mind-spirit’s  core

 

 

Paradise is

Where books

 

Fill endless libraries

brimming with favorites

Old friends all gathered

Enjoying each other’s company

Whispering secrets,

Imparting knowledge,

compassion, tenderness,

and life-truths are

 

collected

accumulated

stored

squirreled away

piled

hoarded

stockpiled

amassed

 

read

loved

cherished

kept

 

 

Just waiting for you

To set them free

 

 

 

 

 

Loving and Loathing

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Loving and Loathing

I read Mem Fox’s poem,  “Loves and Loathings”–here it is:

I love these things

My family and friends
World peace
A full moon
Green paper clips
Saturday mornings
ABC Radio National
Social justice
A clean kitchen sink
19th century novels
Singing alone in the car

I loathe these things

The effect of war on children
Untidiness
Brown clothes
Economic rationalism
Cleaning up dog vomit
Racial intolerance
Identical letters from a class
Land mines
Mobile phones in airport lounges
Right wing newspaper columnists

and was inspired to try writing my own:

Loves and Loathings

I love these things

Family and friends
Peace
a starry night
neon gel pens
lazy weekends
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake (together)
Justice for people and animals
an organized bookcase full of favorites
novels, professional books, and poetry
Singing with Bon Jovi in the car

I loathe these things

The effect of politics on education, the middle class
wrinkled clothes
Classism, racism, all the isms
Knuckle-cracking
Selfishness, cruelty
standardized testing
the New England Patriots
texting, talking, surfing, ignoring those in front of you
Fake listening

 

Poetry #2: The Co-Ed

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Written about my daughter, two days before leaving for college…

The Co-Ed

Day after tomorrow

you will be away

Heading for college

and there you’ll stay

Not safe and warm

tucked in down the hall

In your room with Addai’s

ugly poster on the wall

Where lavender curtains

look out on our street

Floor scattered with

clothes, towels, and

shoes for those little feet.

Hard to think of days

Without seeing your smile,

Loving grumpy ways,

With which you beguile

Silky blonde hair

and casual flair

tiny ears and turned-up nose,

crazy colors on your toes…

Your love for the “rogs”

Waiting to saw logs,

“Jewish” Sophie thinks, “Shalom!”

When she hears, “Carmyn’s home!”

Running to share Villa-Villa Kula

She loved having TWO high-schoollahs.  J

Ice Cream Beggar

Student Extraordinaire

May God bestow upon you

Tender loving care

As you pursue

Your life anew

Though as your mom

I’m blue to bid you adieu

From our sheltered cocoon

But…

My girl, it’s time to go

to learn and grow at

Valpo-rain-snow.

8-18-2011

*Addai = Joseph Addai of the Indianapolis Colts—she had a life-size poster of him on the back of her door.

*Sophie = one of our pitbulls

*rogs = our Scooby-Doo way of referring to our dogs

*Villa-Villa Kula= what we call Carmyn’s room; it’s a reference to Pippi Longstocking’s house in which she has a

horse and a monkey.  Our pets LOVE Carmyn’s room—hence, Villa-Villa Kula

*Valpo-Rain-Snow = Valparaiso University’s nickname due to the inclement weather from being so close to Lake

Michigan