By : Sally Valentine

August 19 2015

August 19, 2015 Voice

  I’ve been spending as much time as possible outside this summer, and I’ve been paying more attention to the sounds of the birds, trying to distinguish each bird by its call. Some are easy. The shrill call of the cardinal matches its flaming red color and is unmistakable. Likewise the soft coos of the […]

By : Sally Valentine

July 20 2015

July 20, 2015 Cheerleader

It’s no secret that I love my grandchildren. I love them unconditionally just because they are. But one of the things I love about them is that they are cheerleaders for each other. For example, when Evie got up the courage to jump in the swimming pool with no one to catch him, Molly yelled, […]

By : Sally Valentine

May 28 2015

May 28, 2015 Compliment or Insult?

After posting all those poems in April, I was taking a little blogging break. This week I started thinking that I should get back to it, but nothing seemed worth blogging about. Today I got my inspiration. I was at the Riverside Convention Center helping to set up the prayer room for the ELCA Synod […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 30 2015

April 30, 2015 Next

Here we are – the last day of April. This is the last poem I’ll be posting for a while, but I’ll be out looking for poetry in everything I see and do. How about you?   Next   So long, April. It’s been fun, but just one of those flings. Didn’t I tell you […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 29 2015

April 29, 2015 For Gary

Today is my husband Gary’s birthday so I’m posting this poem for him. Gourmet Dining I cooked my love a dinnerfit for kings and queensAnd what did my beloved say?“I think I’ll have some beans.” Turkey, yams, and stuffing,potatoes, squash and greens,I heaped the fine food higher.He said, “Where are the beans?” Shrimp and clams […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 28 2015

April 28, 2015 After Eden

This poem is for all of you gardeners who are anxious to get back at it.   After Eden   Weeds will make you crazy. The devil’s in the dirt. They’re crowding out my daisies, Those devils in the dirt. They’re crowding out my daisies. My ground here must be cursed. Weeds will make you […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 27 2015

April 27, 2015 Poema

Just for fun, I’m posting a Spanish poem that I found in an old poetry folder that dates back to when I studied Spanish for four years in high school.   Los invisibles átomos del aire en derredor palpitan y se inflaman; el cielo se deshace en rayos de oro; la tierra se estremece alborozada; […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 26 2015

April 26, 2015 Thanksgiving

I know it’s not November, but it’s never the wrong time of year for giving thanks. THANKSGIVING I appreciate your time and your indulgence, God because I give so little of my time to you. I thank you for an unstubbed toe this month and leaving me with no more bruises      on a tired and […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 25 2015

April 25, 2015 Mud Time

Our church and lots of other organizations are having Spring Clean-up Day today. These two stanzas from Robert Frost’s “Two Tramps in Mud Time” seem to describe today’s weather very well. The sun was warm but the wind was chill.You know how it is with an April dayWhen the sun is out and the wind […]

By : Sally Valentine

April 24 2015

April 24, 2015 More Treasures

Here are three more poems that I especially like from the treasure trove of Verdun Rose Griepp. Like any young woman, Verdun wrote a number of poems about  love, but I chose not to share those. Instead, I like these first two that reveal more of herself and her voice, and the third that uses a voice […]