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echoes from the heart

Family and Friends – Do you sense the emotion?


Mornin’ Bustle

Sister’s in the kitchen
Flour from head to toe
Helping make biscuits
Kneadin’ the dough

Window’s open
Curtains flapping in the breeze
Mama wipes her brow
”Pass the milk, please”

Potatoes peeled and washed
Are set aside to drain
Thunder in the background
Quickly turns thoughts to rain

A poor man’s gravy becomes
A true Southern surprise
Country ham sizzlin’
Forming perfect red-eyes

Fresh eggs swiftly broken
Crackling in the skillet
Aroma quickly commands
“Come and get it!”

The table’s all set
Coffee steaming in the pot
Biscuits from the oven
Sat down while piping hot

Thank you, Lord, for daily bread
Country ham and bacon
Grandma’s jam and all the rest
Ready for the takin’!


Echoes ©2004
Sharla Lee Shults


Betwixt ‘n’ Between

The rocker creaks under Grandpa’s weight
Back and forth in rhymic motion
Synchronized with the sounds of the night

A transparent haze surrounds his face
As smoke is drawn and exhaled
Breathlessly from a bent Dublin pipe …

Tiny fingers pierce the small ringlets of smoke
Before they dissipate into the cool night air
As Grandpa’s sly grin turns slightly upward

The screen door opens with a ghostly resonance
Swinging outward onto the front porch
As Grandma sighs with a quiet step forward

Carefully gathering the skirt of her apron
She gently wipes dampness from her hands
Whilst a soft whisper falls on Granspa’s ear

The cycle of life has blessed us gloriously
We still manage to entertain our grandson
Even though telltale signs of aging are clear

Two small hands reach out for them both
Stroking the wrinkled skin and tight veins
We will grow old together
I’ll help the signs of aging disappear

Echoes ©2004
Sharla Lee Shults

“If wrinkles must be written upon our brow,
 let them not be written upon the heart;
the spirit should never grow old.”
~James A. Garfield

15 responses to “echoes from the heart

  1. I don’t think the other comment posted so I’ll repeat: I love both these poems. Nice job.


  2. You brought back a lot of wonderful and tender memories from my mind! It was nice to treasure, hold and enjoy them again as if it was yesterday! You have a wys with words also! An awesome post…made my day!

  3. Lindsey says:

    Sharla, thanks for following my blog. I signed up for your also and look forward to reading your posts!

  4. oasien says:

    Les deux poèmes sont très beaux.

  5. i love you blog name! and the poems are real fun! I like!
    Looking forward to more.

    • catnipoflife says:

      Thank you so much for your visit and especially for following catnipoflife! Hope you stop by often for your dose of catnip 🙂 I will visit your blog and follow in return! Have a great week!

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  7. Beautiful! Love your blog and your poems!

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  10. You are a poet in true sense.
    I’ll remember enchanting masterpiece for a long time; I especially loved the first one.
    Consider me a new stalwart of your blog.

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