Archive for December 3rd, 2011

Miss Allen – Poem

Glad your grandmother is sharing.


This is one of a series of poems, written by my Grandmother, that represent a portrait of her childhood in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, places and people she loved who are, for the most part, no longer with us. She dedicates each and every poem to her daughters, and has kindly given me permission to share them with you all, enjoy…


Miss Allen

There was Miss Allen,

The infants’ teacher,

Her hair was snowy white-

A skiing accident, they said,

My friend Margaret

Was her niece. An aunt

Is human, isn’t she?

Most teachers represent authority.


One day she died though.

We felt deserted.

Puppies died, by drowning,

But this was our first human death.

Margaret and I

And our friends, all stood

Around the open grave

Placating death with gifts of violets.


 © Dorothy Davis-Sellick 1998 onwards


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"by B. W. Harwell"

"by B. W. Harwell"

Time flies

What happened to the time since Thanksgiving?

What happened this whole year?

What will be special about 2012?

Now that it is December 2,  take some time to gather all the 2011 lists and wishes together. Clean out the pockets and purses and fill a basket with those ideas. A more quiet week will come later between the  25th and the 2nd of January when an hour or two will be all it takes.   Review these pieces of paper,  journal entries or where ever you write to-do lists.

Some things move from list to list. Not that they were the most difficult or the least needed. Time just did not get them done. Add a few new must-do’s.  Call your friends more often. Take better care of yourself. Schedule that examination with your doctor or dentist. Get advice on your financial future. Let someone, your child or a trusted friend, in on where you will need help. Be a better friend.

The big categories need a sub-category or two. More than that and nothing will get done. Specific tasks are better than generalities. Keep a marker close by to cross off most of the 2012 wishes.


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