Posted in Elegy, November 2018

Goodbye Lily

Lily, Oregon Zoo Baby elephant
Picture captured from https://goo.gl/images/SCyfuF

In the Autumn we mourn

One who left too soon

Lily, November born

Bid us ‘bye neath the moon

Full of joy was Lil’ Lily

Happy baby elephant

Playful and sweet was she

In spirit, confident

Though illness took her away

From us and her family

We honor her today

For her sweet memory

Elegy

I am saddened by this news as I remember when Lily was born and everyone in Portland got the opportunity to vote on a name for her. I voted for the name Lily and was so happy it was chosen for her. It fit her perfectly. She was so sweet, lively, joyful and happy. She would have been 6 years old today 😪

https://www.oregonzoo.org/news/2018/11/zoo-heartbroken-6-year-old-lily-succumbs-virus

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Posted in July 2018, Senryu

A Point of View

Billy Anderson’s Surveyor Tripod at Andersons View Point  July 2018

Memorialized

For years of dedication

Oversees the sea

Senryu

Andersons View Point in Tillamok County Oregon is a beautiful scenic roadside stop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This place memorializes Billy Anderson who was a dedicated surveyor for Tillamok County for many years. His surveyor’s transit tripod still stands on the banks overlooking the sea.

It is a great roadside stop with fantastic views of the ocean.

Roadside America Memorial to a Surveyor

History of Tillamok County Surveyor Dept

Pacific Ocean at Andersons View Point July 2018
Pacific Ocean at Andersons View Point July 2018
Posted in March 2018, Word Lune

“Silent Sentinels”

Iron Jawed Angels--women picketing with signs
Image from: https://opinionessoftheworld.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/picketing_with_signs.jpg

They stood strong,

These American women speaking with

Iron-Jaws.

Word Lune

Today as we celebrate International Womens Day I wanted to pay tribute to the women in America who fought for the right of women to vote. The Suffrage women, those activists who fought long and hard, sacrificing much, in order to overcome injustice and obtain equality for women to vote.  

Beginning in the 1840’s many American women rose up to fight for women’s rights and the Suffrage Movement had a number of bold women who campaigned tirelessly for the cause. Finally in 1920, an 19th Amendment was passed that allowed to women to legally vote in the USA. 

I recently watched the movie titled “Iron-Jawed Angels” which tells the true story of the courageous women who put their lives on the line to gain this victory and I would encourage every woman to watch this movie. It is an eye opener and one that will cause you to be grateful for the rights which you now enjoy because of what these women did!

Watch the Movie Trailer  Here

(The movie was made in 2004 and is available on DVD. It is entertaining but stays very true to historical fact. I believe it is a must to watch for every American woman.)

Posted in February 2018, Scripture, Senryu

A Tribute to Billy Graham

Billy Graham

After a long time

As a good and faithful servant

His Lord said “Well done”

Senryu

Written I honor of Billy Graham’s entrance into the joy of his Lord today at the age of 99.

His lord said unto him,

Well done, good and faithful servant;

thou hast been faithful over a few things,

I will make thee ruler over many things:

enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:21

Posted in Lymerick, March 2016

Shield’s Grocery

Limerick about a childhood memory
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016
Photograph from Newport Township Historical Society


This post is just about one of those childhood memories that happens to pop into your head randomly…. and I thought it was worth recording.
Shield’s Grocery was a tiny one room grocery store in the small village of Wadsworth, IL. which was near where I grew up.
It was run by a local lady whose name was “Gracie Shields”, her mom had run the store before her.  It is no longer in operation, but my memory of it was every Sunday before attending the local church we would stop at “Gracie’s” store to purchase the Sunday Paper.  We never got anything else.  No one ever went inside except my dad, and we always stopped on the way to church not after church because then it was too busy and crowded because a lot of church people stopped on the way home.  Once home, everyone got their favorite section of the Sunday paper to read, mine of course, was the Sunday Funnies. 🙂