Monday, July 7, 2008

Images: a poem

Having blogged yesterday about Astoria and Astoria Column, I decided to post this sentimental poem that I wrote long ago. I truly appreciate Tom Rieder for allowing me to publish his beautiful photo taken from Astoria Column in 2007. I found it at Google Picasa and visited his blog,
Traveling Talisman, seeking permission to use it. Oh the irony to find Flat Stanley listed there (25 times!) under his section titled "Categories"...


Discoverers, we, no less enthusiastic
than Lewis and Clark
had an easier journey than they,
-for Chrysler's sake!

The days since my mind circles
through thoughts and finds
crystal images from
Astoria Column:

there ancestors created government
and we continue the dream

here all nature is in movement
yet appears motionless from the hill

where the Columbia
having collected offerings
from smaller volunteers

commits to the Pacific

how she and I spent time
analyzing these things while
breathing deeply the autumn air

where at sunset
I noticed a likeness

in the dazzling shine on
distant silvery waters


the gossamer radiance of
my mother's glistening gray hair.

© MLydiaM 1983


Bobbb - Citizen of Earth said...

The column rocks!
And so does your poem

I'm feeling nostalgic now
For all those little things
Like Flat Stanley
That we did
Over the years

Growing crystals
Polishing rocks
The egg car race
Tee shirts
Cup cakes
Post Card Chains
Model Rockets
Catching Frogs
Hatching 11 Monarch Butterflies on a string in the bedroom one fall

I miss those things
I miss my children growing up
I even miss the hard times…

Nice River
The Columbia
And a wonderful setting

Thanks for that

Today I was inspired to go out and get some pics of the Mohawk where I go walking
I added some to my post.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Hey, he's got a gray cat too!!!

Very beautiful poem, I'm so glad you're sharing......

For The People said...

Good Morning from Mississippi! Hope you have a great week. Keep up the good work here! You got a good thing going here!

Mibsy said...

I love the poem and have no trouble with being sentimental, none at all.Thanks for posting it, I know it takes courage.

Lydia said...

When I receive one of your poem comments it always makes my day so special.

I saw her and I thought she looked like a great gray cat. Don't you think that steel gray cats seem to have a special attitude about life and the people they own? (thanks for liking the poem :)

For the People,
I showed your blog to my husband last night because I'd told him about it over the weekend. He was most impressed.

Thanks much for your comments. I guess I'm overly sensitive to sentimental because Mike's parents criticize that trait. Pooh on 'em!

timethief said...

Great poem. Thanks so much for posting it. :)

Lydia said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment! :)



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