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  • April 9th, 2010 | 12:01 AM
30 Poems in 30 Days - IN THE BEGINNING


My personal challenge for National Poetry Month is to write
a poem a day about the father I have never known.

IN THE BEGINNING

They met
while cranking homemade ice cream
he lived across the street
and invited her to share.
I imagine his eyes twinkling
and her laughing
and their hands touching while they
took turns.

I want to believe that
once upon a time
they were happy.



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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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(Anonymous)
April 9th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Sometimes all we have to hang on to is belief. Sometimes lucky enough to have memories. Sadly not all those memories are as happy as we would like them to be. I sadly don't remember much of my childhood. Whether that is a coping mechanism that I have or whether I have just blocked out all the stuff too painful to remember.
So you hold on to everything you can memories beliefs anything that can help you through. You may never even be here at all in fact none of us if just one single moment had have turned out another way. We would not therefore have all the people and things in our lives that we have now and for them I am eternally grateful.
You can at least believe that.

- Anne McKenna
susanwrites
April 12th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, Anne. No, not all memories are happy ones but it is nice to be able to sort through them for myself.
(Anonymous)
April 9th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
well done
A beautiful idea to write about it. I was adopted at age 6 mos. and met my birth mother when I was 35 yrs. old. It wasn't great. We haven't spoken since. I will never know my birth father. She would not divulge.
I did, however, give excellent care to my adoptive father while he was dying from a brain tumour. I am proud of that.
One of my posts had many hits from an Aussie podcast. You may be interested in it.It is called Relinguished Babies (http://myreflectionsmusings.blogspot.com/2009/06/relinquished-babies.html).
susanwrites
April 12th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Re: well done
Thank you for sharing your story. I'll check out your post.
wordsrmylife
April 9th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
These are so beautiful. Thank you.
susanwrites
April 12th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading. Knowing people are reading makes it a little easier for me to dig in for another round.
irenelatham
April 10th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Susan, love your project. It's so personal... thank you. And congratulations! You won GOOD POEMS over at my blog. You can email me at irene at irenelatham dot com with your snail mail address, and I'll pop it in the mail!
susanwrites
April 12th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading, Irene. And thanks for the book! I look forward to reading it. (sent you my addy via email)
(Anonymous)
April 10th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Susan your poems are so beautiful. I felt in my heart everything you wrote I cried & even giggled a bit (the ears). I know just a bit more about dad than you but not much. I look forward to reading more of your poem. I'm so happy you found us & so proud to have you for my sister.
susanwrites
April 10th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Thank you, Lori.
(Anonymous)
April 12th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
tanita says :)
Even for an hour, once upon a time, they were.

Promise.
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WHO AM I?



Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.






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