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  Behind the Smile
by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Saturday, January 03, 2015
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This picture was taken two days after my mother left the family for another man, leaving behind for 6 weeks, broken hearts and fear. Please remember that writers (not reporters) enjoy the privilege of writer's discretion, changing facts to fit their need.


This smiling child grew up in a house without laughter.
She found her comfort in written words, the library’s sanctuary.
Sometimes World Book Encyclopedia had to do.
She learned happiness in Grandmother’s lap.
Listening to poems she couldn’t understand,
But sharing the experience of words and the comfort
Of Grandmother’s Tweed perfume scent and knobby, nubby softness
She chanced upon a lost puppy once. She loved him like a brother.
He ate something set out for dinner,
And was promptly sent away. That’s how her house worked.
She was careful not to ask for anything, to sit still and quiet.
She did not want to be sent away like the puppy.
The small child grows to young adult and more.
Still, she doesn’t rebel. She smiles,
She works. She earns a degree.
Her fears dig more deeply inside her,
Biting, gnawing daring her to dream.
Until one day, a teacher, a martinet behind the lecturn,
Reads her work to the class, saying, “Do you see?
Here is a writer. Here is raw pain.
Here is how you begin.”
One magic moment ignites
The fire that raged inside. And she goes from fiddling with the kindling of words
To freeing memories onto paper, despite the pain,
Opening her eyes, seeking other souls
Those who understand the battle.
Writers write for a reason.
     

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Reviewed by richard cederberg 1/18/2015
Effectively cogitated. Your summation is universal; encompassing not only writers, but artists, musicians, sculptors, carpenters, etc.
Continued inspiration... rlc
Reviewed by Karen Springer 1/8/2015
"Until one day, a teacher, a martinet behind the lecturn,
Reads her work to the class, saying, “Do you see?
Here is a writer. Here is raw pain.
Here is how you begin.”

This is awesome - what a great poem! I'll be reading more of your work!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/8/2015
I'll bet most serious writers are bears.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/3/2015
I don't write for a reason, though I've written alot about the changing seasons, maybe though for a writer this is just so much or so little treason...-e-
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/3/2015
A most personal, honest, poignant, expressive and meaningful sharing through your verses, Eileen. I can "feel" what you are sharing. Love and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 1/3/2015
~Eileen~
The young gal in the image ~ through so much fear not to be
let go like the puppy. Now your letting go with your eyes
open freeing unique moments of verse.
Wonderfully penned.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Lark Pogue 1/3/2015
There is nothing more encouraging than those rare great teachers. And nothing harder to overcome than a bad childhood. This was excellent.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/3/2015
It is wonderful when one finds that they are valued.

Strangely, I did not become a writer because of my paralysis. I was a writer well before that because I wanted to express what I experienced and dreamed. But especially what I experienced because it seems so meaningful to relate it. Kudos from my teachers helped a bit, but I would write nonetheless.

Ron
Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/3/2015
A book lives within these words of angst, pain feeling lost in other peoples games. Yet from the leap the eagle is soaring on the thermals of pain release.
Reviewed by Odin Roark 1/3/2015
Well expressed. Using the 3rd person lifts above the risk of confessional poetry (which for this reader, bores the hell out of me.) You also keenly applied the magic of the 5 senses, arresting in the reader many of his or her own like memories. Kudos.

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Eileen Clemens Granfors



Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead

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The Pinata-Maker's Daughter

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Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On





Sydney's Story

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Stairs of Sand

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White Sheets




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