Those of us who enjoy poetry and who compose poetry do so because, for us, nothing quite distills the feelings of a moment as does a piece of rhyming or free verse with its sense, sound, and form.
A poem comes from some place in the heart. And as it is read, it reveals something about the heart. Like music, it may employ major or minor tones. I hope at least one of the poems in this volume, selected expressions from each stage of my life, will touch a chord for the reader—perhaps in a major key of delight or consolation; perhaps with minor overtones of grief or longing. May you find something here to illumine your path and lighten your soul at whatever place of life you find yourself.
From my wanderings in—and wondering about—nature; from opening more and more to the Divine; from faith, family, and friends; out of noisy living and quiet places; out of whelming emotions, questionings and questing ... come poems to help cope, to make sense of it all, to ennoble earthly life.
In crisis has come hope; in fear has come faith; in fragility has come strength; in joy has come affirmation; in loss has come bounteous grace.
I want to remember it all, but softly.
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Table of Contents
Introduction 9 I. Poems from Adult Years (in reverse chronology) 11 In the Cleft of a Cold, White Rock 17 Weights of Glory 19 Earth and Heaven 20 Snow on Good Friday 21 God's Anvil 22 A Choice 23 Glory 25 Gladwin 26 A Man with a Sword 27 Consolation 29 In My Heart an Altar 30 Longing for Home 31 Friends 32 Sitting in the Grass on an Autumn Day 33 Deborah 34 After the Reunion 35 God's Inexplicable Work 36 Living Wounds 37 Autumn Walk along the Poudre River 38 Rhymes for Grandchildren 39-43 Waves on the Cladach 44 After Saying Good-bye 45 If I Hadn't Looked 46 On a Walk in Ferndale 48 A Walk at Dusk 49 Affirmation 50 Evening Light 51 Three "First" Poems for David 52-55 God Plus One is a Winning Majority 56 A River is Flowing 58 Cleansing, Healing, and Deliverance 60 Footprints in the Snow 61 He Calms the Storm 62 Window Washer 63 Antidote 65 God's Husbandman 66 Beauty 67 A Friend 68 Wings of Faith 69 Why Me? 70 Blue Asters 71 Leafy Lament 73 She Prays 74 It's Fall 76 Shadows 77 Release 78 Autumn 80 Renewal 81 Sleep, Baby 83 Poems from Childhood and Teen-age Years (written under the pen name Katie Estell) 85 Meditation 89 Daydreams 90 A Book 91 My Thoughts 93 Dreams 94 Spring 95 I Have a Friend 97 For Us 98 To Larry 100 He Loves Me 101 Limerick 102 I Like to Eat! 103 Delight 104 Solution for a Soul in Torment 105 Joy 106 It's a Beautiful Day 109