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. 🙂

Posted in Haiga, Haiku, October 2014, Senryu

Destruction of Many Memories

Dunes Theatre 1948-2014--destruction--Haiku/Senryu poem about memories
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2014
Image from

Tribute to the Dunes Theatre of Zion, Illinois  1948-2014
The Dunes was torn down today.  I and my family have many fond memories of watching movies there.

We were wishing it would have been saved and restored.

Dunes Theatre--Zion, IL. 1948-2014
Dunes Theatre–Zion, IL. 1948-2014

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Posted in August 2013, Crown Cinquain

A Tribute to a Light House

Light House.
Beacon of light,
Leading us safely to shore.
Keep us from danger as we explore.
Shine bright!

Tall tower.
Our guiding light,
Shining out over the sea,
Bringing each vessel safely to thee.
Keep on!

Even in fog,
Your horns sound deep and loud,
To warn us of the foggy shroud.
Our hope!

Striped one.
Each day and night,
You show us the right way,
So that on course we can safely stay.
Stand tall!

Sea guide.
You give in sight and sound,
To us, whenever you are around.
Thank you!

Crown Cinquain
Leona J. Atkinson  08-07-13

This poem was written in honor of National Lighthouse Day.  On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.”  It was two hundred years later that Congress designated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day.