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Grown in a Secluded Garden of Life - Poetry by Susan Patterson

Monday, July 25th 2016 @ 9:12 AM

Grown in a Secluded Garden of Life - I didn’t take time for the truth. I didn’t take time to find out that which I would want to know later... . . . . .
- Poem, audio, and discussion by Susan Patterson

 

 

 

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 Grown in a Secluded Garden of Life

I didn’t visit her before she died,
This friend of my mother who
Knew more of her than I.
Florence was her name.

I didn’t take time for the truth.
I didn’t take time to find out that
Which I would want to know later.

Then, I was young and too busy
Making my own truth,
Doing things that were the
Genesis of my own secrets.

Secrets that people have
Are like fruit on the vine,
Some intoxicating and addictive,
Others, sweet and safe.  

Whether Mother’s secrets were
Poison or sustaining,
They were personal.  
And they belonged to her,
Not me.  

The fruits of her spirit and
The fruits of her labor
Are what I know
And for us here,
That’s enough.  
 

Earlene Grey
07-2013


Author Comments:


Throughout our lives we all do things that are, let us say at the least, questionable or embarrassing.  To add to that discomfort, it is now common in our society to publicly share that which is personal and private about ourselves or others. 

We discuss and debate on television, over dinner and in the classroom.  We read about others' pain and humiliation  in books and in newspapers.  It is, I think, a cultural addiction.  Not that most of us have heinous secrets, we do not.  But there are times when personal privacy is called for, and most likely, that is most of the time.   
skp

~ Susan Patterson, EarleneGrey.com

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SUSAN PATTERSON who on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey, is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime.  She has also published a book of memoirs, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her latest book, Unnoticed Moments, is a collection of contemporary poetry.  Ms. Patterson posts a weekly poetry blog, The Causerie, and is a weekly guest on an international podcast from England. Her work is humorous, thoughtfully intelligent and compelling. Please visit, www.EarleneGrey.com to schedule appearances and to purchase books.

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