Posted in July 2019, Syllabic Verse

Poor Richard’s Proverbs

Statue of Benjamin Franklin on bench in McMinnville,OR
Original photo of Statue of Benjamin Franklin on bench in McMinnville,OR

Old Benjamin sits

In US Bank’s Town Square.

His wisdom behooves

Those who listen,

Learn,and get involved

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

—Benjamin Franklin

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

—Benjamin Franklin

“You may delay, but time will not.”

—Benjamin Franklin

For More Benjamin Franklin Quotes visit the link below:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/289513.Benjamin_Franklin

Posted in Ekphrastic Poetry, November 2013, November PAD Chapbook Challenge 2013, Ode--Irregular, Rhyme

An Ode to an Old Friend

The Pink ChairYou sat there with me, in good times and bad,
Sometimes you were the closest friend, in the natural, that I had.
You supported me when I needed to weep, and
You often held me until I fell asleep.
With you, I would spend time, either alone or with family,
thinking, praying, reading, studying or just dreaming about a future journey.
You always went with me each time I moved,
and because of you my life much improved.
I’d curl up so cozily in your place,
and God would meet me in that space.
He’d talk to me in my head, or remind me in His word, of things He’d said.
It was with you that I learned so many things,
about how to reach out and share my blessings.
You were always there to comfort and hold,
even though you were becoming very old.
Your age made you look a bit worn out,
but in your ability to stand firm I did not doubt.
But then the time came that I had to let you go,

How I’d manage without you, I did not know.
At that time I no longer had the room nor space,
And I let you go on to another place.
Someone else took you in for their own,
and I am sure gave you a great new home.
But I just wanted to tell you that I miss you so,
and wish I wouldn’t have had to let you go.
It may sound funny, but it is oh, so true,
Old Pink Chair, I really miss you !

Ode-Irregular—Ekphrastic Poem
Leona J. Atkinson  11-11-13