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by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Thursday, July 22, 2010
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I need my mornings for gathering as women seem to have always done.


Gathering

 

Morning is for gathering

In ancient times, the legumes and leaves

To make the daily stew, flavored with

Dried spices, cinnamon, anise, yarrow.

Not a chore but a tradition,

Gathered in praise of sun and earth and rain.

 

My grandmother’s mornings too

Were for gathering.

The children at the table, oatmeal turned purple

With sugar.  Cream from bottles left by

The Dairy Mart Man.

The family, all ten, heads bowed in prayer,

Gathered in praise of plenty and love.

 

Mama’s mornings for gathering,

A pattern in one hand, a dress to sew for me,

Recipes in the other, cinnamon rolls for Ronnie,

These set out for evening, for morning is

The gathering of beach towels, flip flops, a rough wool army blanket,

Sun tan oil.  Off we’d go, a short walk to a long day

Gathered in praise of the sandpipers, the kelp, our ocean.

 

My mornings are for gathering,

Sifting ideas and sensations and memories,

To cook into a stew of words,

To share over miles of cables and

Transmission towers,

Words written, walking towards the family,

Gathered, in praise of the past, the sun, the earth,

The rain, the plenty, the love, the sandpipers,

The kelp,

Our ocean,

Our lives.




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Reviewed by Richard King
This is nicely done. I like it a lot. I've been reading some of Patrick's works for some time now, but I think this is my first visit to yours. I'll definitely be back. Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
You always have been a morning person. Nicely sentimental without being gooey. p
Reviewed by D Johnson
Eileen, nice choice of words that you have gathered together, with the same care of picking leguimes and leaves.

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by Lori Moore
This was a delight to read. Happy gathering.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
You definately gathered us into your life and your past life with this write that brings nostalgia out in full bloom...enjoyed.
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