Posted in Butterfly Cinquain

Thank You Essentials

Mask

The few

Essential ones

Their dedication and

Skills kept us going at night and day

Let’s not

Forget

Their faithful determination

To face fear head on

In such a time

As this

Butterfly Cinquain

While I appreciate and salute all who served as essentials during COVID-19, I specifically want to dedicate this poem to my grand-daughter Vivian, age 21, who is a care-giver at a nursing home.

Vivian faithfully worked many long and extra shifts to take care of the residents during quarantine.

And also, want to dedicate this poem to my other grand-daughter’s boyfriend, Michael, age 20, who is an auto maintenance worker, earning minimum wage. Micheal faithfully worked many long days and extra hours with no extra raise in wages during this time of pandemic.

Thanks to both of these hard working young people and many others I don’t know.

Let’s remember it was people like this that kept our country going during the pandemic.

Posted in Cinquain, May 2019

Oregon’s Six Thousand

We went

We lost our lives

We won freedom for you

We ask only that you not forget

Our deeds

Cinquain

Our local Christian church school that has a big grassy area next to their building implemented the idea of having their school children put up 6000 little flags to honor and pay tribute to the 6000 Oregon soldiers who lost their lives in all the wars.

I visited the display today and was deeply touched by how beautiful it was. Seeing all those little flags blowing in the soft breeze made me so thankful for the freedom we enjoy in our country and for those who paid the price to achieve it.

Posted in Freedom-July 2013, Tanka

Freedom Lost

Amsterdam July 6 1942
Anne Frank lost her freedom
Let us never forget
‘Twas only 71 years ago today
The Frank Family hid away

Tanka
Leona J.Atkinson
07-06-13

July 6, 1942 Anne Frank and her family go into hiding for two years in the “Secret Annexe” above her father Otto Frank’s office which was in a warehouse in Amsterdam.  Anne Frank was 13 years old. Read the account of her hidden life as recorded in her Diary.
Visit annefrank.org to learn more