Honest poetry coming out of everyday life, joys and struggles, keen observations of nature, family, friends, and faith.
A beautifully-presented collection composed at various times throughout the author's life. Many of these poems have been published in national periodicals and are collected here in book form for the first time. Together, they offer a spiritual and emotional memoir of a life of searching faith, faltering bu constantly clinging to hope, while learning to love. Both metered rhyme and free verse are employed. Original color illustrations are interspersed among the 73 poems.
From the INTRODUCTION (copyright 2016):
Poets compose poems and readers enjoy them because nothing quite distills the feelings of a moment as does a piece of verse with its resonance, sound, and form. A poem comes from someplace in the heart. And when read, it can reveal something about the heart. Like music, it may employ major or minor tones. I hope the poems in this volume, selected expressions from each stage of my life, will touch a chord for you, my 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.
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.
I.Poems from Adult Years (in reverse chronology)
In the Cleft of a Cold White Rock
Weights of Glory
Earth and Heaven
Snow On Good Friday
A Man With a Sword
In My Heart an Altar
Longing For Home
Sitting In the Grass On an Autumn Day
After the Reunion
God's Inexplicable Work
Autumn Walk Along the Poudre River
Rhymes For Grandchildren
Waves On the Cladach
After Saying Good-bye
If I Hadn t Looked
On a Walk In Ferndale
A Walk At Dusk
Three 'First' Poems
God Plus One Is a Winning Majority
A River Is Flowing
Cleansing, Healing and Deliverance
Footprints In the Snow
He Calms the Storm
Wings of Faith
II. Poems from Childhood and Teen-age Years (written under the pen name Katie Estell)
I Have a Friend
He Loves Me
I Like To Eat!
Solution For a Soul In Torment
It's a Beautiful Day
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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