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Cameos of Love

FINGERTIPS OF MEMORY

Soft fingertips of memory
In moments so sublime
Reach gently back into the past
Recalling by-gone time
7/12/00 Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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A TEAR AND A ROSE

On his sad lonely grave,
A yellow flower grows.
A teardrop catches sunlight
On the petal of a rose.

8/10/90 Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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A Poet’s Heart

        A POET’S HEART

 

I gathered up dew-diamonds

From a silken-silver strand

And laid them on some moonbeam dust

Sprinkled in my hand.

 

I added gold the sun sent down

And a kiss the breezes blew,

Then put them in this little book —

That I might share with you.

 

2/3/01           Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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To An Old Friend

I THOUGHT OF YOU TODAY

 

While walking down a garden path,

a gentle breeze at play

cast lilac scent to fill the air.

            I thought of you today.

I heard a nest of fledglings

in a chorused display

and saw the mother’s tender care.

            I thought of you today.

I was kissed by the summer sun;

it chased the gloom away

and brought back memories of your smile.

            I thought of you today.

I saw a mother with her child,

and I watched them at play.

It took me back into the past.

            I thought of you today.

My mind was filled with acts of love,

in beautiful array.

Fond memories overwhelmed me when,

            I thought of you today.

 

 

4/21/91  – Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

 

4’th … Indiana NPD 1994

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Sounds I Love

    THE SWEETEST SOUND

 

The sweetest sound that one can hear

Is not a bird song, sweet and clear

Nor music played on stage somewhere              

Or nature’s sounds upon the air                  

 

Enchanted sound heard every day

It’s children’s laughter while at play             

Like temple bells on sacred ground

It’s golden  where a child is found    

 

Its music sings sweet melodies

Of crystal notes and rhapsodies

I’d like to keep that laughter near . . .

The sweetest sound that one can hear

 

 5/27/00  –  Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

 

2’nd … Indiana NPD – 2000

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ONCE IN EVERY LIFETIME

 

Just once in every lifetime

Someone comes along

And hearts then blend in harmony

With words to love’s sweet song

 

Just once in every lifetime

Two hearts fill special roles

And fall in love from the start

As destined kindred souls

 

Just once in every lifetime

A union’s meant to be

When those hearts join and beat as one

For all eternity

 

 

3/26/95  – Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

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Nature

      ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY

 

Emerging from your capsuled home

And hanging to its edge,

You soaked up the sun’s warm rays,

Then crawled to my ledge.

 

There you tested gossamer wings,

Then dipped in quick goodbye,

Your silent flight into the woods

Much softer than a sigh.

 

9/11/89    Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck   

 

2’nd … Arkansas NPD 1989

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THE COLOR BLUE

 

Blue box that has an open lid

            Blue ribbon peeking out

Blue letters that the ribbon tied

            Hold frequent words of doubt

Blue pages fill her diary

            Blue memories on her mind

Blue tears once filled her broken heart

            For love o’er which she pined

Blue paper, torn and faded now

            Blue words she penned in rhyme

Blue flowers now pressed dry and flat

            Came from a grievous time

Blue shawl that keeps her shoulders warm

            Blue shadows ‘neath her brow

Blue eyes so lively in the past

            Are clouded over now

Blue robe across her aching knees

            Blue clasp in thin white hair

Blue veins in her old wrinkled hands

            That hold the box with care

                           

“Blue isn’t just a pretty hue,”

            She whispered of her past

Then slipped away to death’s blue deep

            The blue box closed, at last

 

12/17/89    Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

 

5’th … Indiana NPD 1990

2’nd … Paw (in Pa) 1991

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