I’m very excited to share an example of Harry Gilleland’s poetry. Enjoy!
SAMPLE POETRY from PMOOFM
Let Her Be A Weed
A husband and wife stood together
looking out at their fenced backyard. “Our
daughter picked one rose after another…
one day she’ll be a delicate flower.”
So spoke her father. The wife then said,
“I hope she is more weed than flower,
since flowers are frail and too soon dead.
They need constant care, lacking power.
“But a weed…weeds are tough and sturdy.
They meet all life’s challenges head-on.
Sidewalk cracks for weeds offer worthy
places to grow, as well as a mown lawn.
“First to burst forth in Spring, last to die
before Winter, persistent year ‘round,
weeds thrive when flowers won’t even try.
Weeds have the strongest will-to-live found.
“I want her to be self-sufficient,
able to deal with life on her own.”
The father agreed, “A competent
woman our daughter must be when grown.
“Let her be less flower and more weed,
tough and strong-willed — but still with brightly-
colored, pretty blossoms — to succeed
in life, with her roots grounded tightly.”
Free Verse Poem:
stretch out behind me
in a winding path that
disappears over the horizon
beyond my memory.
Some yesterdays were
red-letter days of triumph
and personal joy, days of
some momentous occasion
in my life. Others were black
days of pain and suffering.
Most were merely plain,
of no particular note.
All have melded together
forming the memories
marking the passage
of my existence on Earth.
I treasure all my yesterdays
since each day was a brick
that contributed to building
the mosaic of my life.
My yesterdays carried me
up the long hill to today,
where I stand looking wistfully
back at them, my yesterdays…
knowing now my yesterdays
outnumber my tomorrows.
I’ve learned I should endeavor
to make each today become
a shining, glorious yesterday,
for my yesterdays are
how my life was spent.
I admire poets. I can write fiction and nonfiction, but poetry is something I’ve never been able to do very well. I enjoy reading it and am glad that people like you, Harry, can write it for the rest of us.
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