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Thinking of You

Thinking of You
By Pauline Harris

Loved ones
Whether distance
Has come between us
We are still close
Close at heart
We may not see
Each other near
In our hearts
We are always inside
Caring and inspiring
Sometimes poking fun
Loved draw near
In times of need
But sometimes
We need to just be
Be there with a hug
Or with a comic relief
Or with an item of need
We all need that support
And yes even those who refuse
For we all live here together
Making our impact here
I am grateful for all
Of my loved ones
Near to my heart

The Fires in Australia

The Fires in Australia
By Pauline Harris

The burnt ash
Leave marks
Along the beach
Of what was thought
To be seaweed
Alas ancient forest ash
Or ash from homes
Now all taken
Ravaged gone
Torn from the earth
In vast bellows
Of recharged flames
Constantly destroying
All in the wake
Of each spark
Lives, land, all lost
Rains have been forecasted
Firefighters and others help
Healing hugs come from afar

note: posted this poem before

being a military brat

Your dad is off

training somewhere

for something

when you are born

the earth shakes

not even a month

after your arrival

here on earth

you take your first

plane trip

before you can walk

or talk

you move lots of times

not knowing if

you will have friends

or a place to live

you attend schools

in a foreign land

learn to speak

differently

learn to eat

differently

learn to dress

differently

Oh when you do

come back to the states

you are treated diffently

you are different

and yet somehow

the same

Overseas you are

ridiculed for being

one thing

many times threatened

for being you

And yet when

you return

you are ridiculed

and talked down to

and threatened

Some in authority

take more

they say

you are supposed

to learn this

and I will teach

you and you

will not speak of it

or someone will die

Others teach you

there is joy

in life

Much, much Joy

and to know

of Love

Happiness

is brought when

there in the woods

walking and talking

with that special one

short lived, but still

it was lived once

Confusion

of those friends who

did stuff to you

or against you

are they truly

friends or just users

Life moves on

Another place

to call home

grandparents come

to visit

only seen them

a few times in life

they don’t know me

I know little of them

they are family

Dad is off again

in his monster suit

returns n then gone again

sometimes we can go too

to see other places

Sometimes we cannot

go to school because

of the protestors

or threats

Safe…my dad

and the history of my family

dates back through the centuries

serving this country and many others

what do we truly want is peace

and security

Another move

to somewhere safe

a place I can go out and play

sure if you don’t count

the guy who almost killed his wife

or the one who did that to another

or…oh my …what a terrible

He, my friend,

he did that…

and now…

he…ugh

I cannot speak of him

no more…no longer my friend

Someone brought a smile

while I was in the hospital

he smiled at me

and became my friend

he hurt so much

all the while

and then he passed

passed on the smile

for me to carry on

There is much more to being a military brat

but this here story is just one of many

did we serve in the military…not by choice

but by family…yes…and

we endured so much

we gave so much

we just wanted to let you know

we are here

we are doing our duty

we enjoyed getting to know

others and living in foreign lands

thank you all who serve, who have served

and thank you families who support them

please, do not forget the families serve, too

by Pauline Harris2012

The Fires in Australia

The Fires in Australia
By Pauline Harris

The burnt ash
Leave marks
Along the beach
Of what was thought
To be seaweed
Alas ancient forest ash
Or ash from homes
Now all taken
Ravaged gone
Torn from the earth
In vast bellows
Of recharged flames
Constantly destroying
All in the wake
Of each spark
Lives, land, all lost
Rains have been forecasted
Firefighters and others help
Healing hugs come from afar

The Quilt Process

The Quilt Process
By Pauline Harris

Gathered over time
Skills learned and taught
Threads, fabrics,
Scissors, rulers,
Irons, patterns
Researching to begin
Planning out design
Deciding on size
Which pattern to focus on
Which color scheme
Choosing fabrics
Coordinating fabrics
To the design
Formulating the quilt
All materials gathered
All pieces measured
And measured again
Grains in the right direction
Ready for the cut
Straight or curve
The design details all
Pinning cut materials together
Check pattern
Ready for the first stitches
Pressing often
Check pattern
Pin more, sew more
Slowly coming together
Forming a top piece
Trying to keep flat
Ironing and checking pattern
Individual pieces form whole
Sandwiching top with batting
And the back piece
Pin together and quilt
Binding when quilted
Enjoying after completed

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