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Adlt 612: #2 “Where I’m From…”

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Dr. Spock was "the" child expert.  Every mother followed his book religiously.  My mother included!

Dr. Spock was “the” child expert. Every mother followed his book religiously. My mother included!

I’m from the continuity of

Succor from hearth and home

a plate of warmth

guiding gooey morsels

wafts to tickle my nose.

An attentive ear, raptured

in the revelry of my day

          Mother

My father would purchase treats from the vending machine at work and bring them home to me!

My father would purchase treats from the vending machine at work and bring them home to me!

I’m from

Anticipation of treasures

nestled under the dome of

gauge tin, stalwart

cohesion of steel

 Father

No matter how far I may have roamed, home was always a constant.  The values that my parents taught me provide a way to navigate my travels.

No matter how far I may have roamed, home was always a constant. The values that my parents taught me provide a way to navigate my travels.

Rhythmic constancy,

an aperture to adventure

a compass for independence

the crux of my survival

Home

Everyone's grandparents seemed to move to Florida!

Everyone’s grandparents seemed to move to Florida!

I’m from

A populace in transition

a migration of elders

enraptured by sunshine

GI’s, city dwellers and exurbanites

summer now flows year ’round.

Incongruity of thought

split school sessions

contentions rise to splitting seams

housing boomers on the go

         Community

I grew up in a community in transition from summer people to year 'round folks!  Conflict happened.

I grew up in a community in transition from summer people to year ’round folks! Conflict happened.

I’m from an assemblage,

An aggregate of arms and legs

intermingled, pulsating along

a distant tinkle signals

Toasted Almond, Strawberry Short Cake,

Candy Center Crunch.

Beckon discriminating

salivary glands,

muculent with anticipation

a solstice of summer

  Youth

One of the highlights of my summer was waiting for the Good Humor man to arrive.  I could hear his bells miles away!

One of the highlights of my summer was waiting for the Good Humor man to arrive. I could hear his bells miles away!

I’m from long stretches

of space between

“Free to Be, You and Me”

and conformity

I meander curbless trails

entranced between an adventure

Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames

a tangle of mystery and intrigue

Pink and white, swirls of peppermint

I discount gestures to linger and wait

at bedside

maneuvering lengths of corridor

in wait for a lift,

convalescent in tow

trails of exotic samplings

sanguine, quarantine

                                       Candy striped

I read many of these books, old covers, old characters and all.  The tasks that I did as a "Candy Striper" would shock infection control and human resources today!

I read many of these books, old covers, old characters and all. The tasks that I did as a “Candy Striper” would shock infection control and human resources today!

I loved my "Bobby Sherman" lunchbox!

I loved my “Bobby Sherman” lunchbox!

I’m from peace, love and joy

A refutation of conformity,

accountability and constraint.

Square toe conjoined with hippie

Hot pants, go-go boots,

Heart palpitations for David.

Bobby Sherman, a lunchbox in tow,

My "hippie" childhood memories of singing, "Beautiful People" in chorus!

My “hippie” childhood memories of singing, “Beautiful People” in chorus!

Yes, Melanie

I am a “beautiful Person”

in search of a brand-new key

I linger for a moment,

but no longer

“Stuck in the 60’s (and 70’s) , Mr. Gallagher!”

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2 thoughts on “Adlt 612: #2 “Where I’m From…”

  1. Laurie,

    I enjoyed your poem, you are truly “….from peace, love and joy”! I look forward to learning with and from you and hope you are open to the same. Your synergy will afford our group to operate in the PERFORM STAGE of team development (in due time of course). As we continue to gauge each other as individual in a group, let’s make sure we enjoy the moments.
    It should be a blast! SB

  2. I enjoyed you poem and pictures as well. The pictures helped to make it relevant and fun. It has been fun getting to know these past couple of weeks. You have always come prepared to every meeting and offer great contributions to complete our work. I look forward to continuing to successfully complete our projects together. So far so good… Thank you Laurie.

    Shannon

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