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MEMORY’S SCRAPBOOK

 

In my mind’s book of memories

There are pages where I file,

Things that touch my heart and soul

And things that make me smile.

 

One page holds the fluted song

Trilled by a meadowlark.

Another holds the silvery light

Of moonbeams in the dark.

 

There’s one of sweet baby smiles

And one, a mother’s love.

Another holds morning sun,

One, stardust from above.

 

There’s a page full of laughter

And one of blossomed trees.

A rainbow fills another page

And one, a summer breeze.

 

Others hold such poignant things

As tears of joy once shed,

The sound of rippling from a brook,

And smell of gingerbread.

 

There’s one of lovely carillons

With Hymns and melodies

Next to it are hopes and dreams

And one of fantasies.

 

There is no end of things to add

From life in every stage

And as they touch my heart and soul

They’re added to a page

 

When I am old, years from now,

Each day I’ll take a look

At all the wonders held within

My memory’s treasured book.

 

3/8/92              Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

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THE BOOK UPON THE SHELF

 

 

A little book of poetry

Lies upon the shelf

Penned words revealing who I am

All written by myself

 

The once blank pages almost speak

When opened to the rhymes

For heart and soul, in black on white

Bear essence of the times

 

The leather cover’s brittle now

With title worn away

The yellowed pages loose and torn

But treasured to this day

 

It opens to a special verse

Where pressed upon the page

Is a flower that I placed there

At quite a tender age

 

A ribbon marks another page

A poem that makes me weep.

Other poems can make me laugh

Or dream sweet dreams, in sleep

 

God’s blessings fill some pages

Not written as a whim

For the pages would be empty

Without this gift from Him

 

When memory tugs my heart and soul

The book becomes my friend

As I turn the fragile pages

And read the words I penned

 

When I depart this earthly realm

I’ll leave a bit of self

Found within the written words

Of the book upon the shelf

 

 

5/29/94 – Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

 

3’rd … Arkansas NPD 1994

6’th…. Indiana NPD 2001

 

      REVISED 2003

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