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A Collection of Poetry by J Harriet Amrhein Part 3 of 3

Updated on March 19, 2014

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My mother had many of her poems published in the local paper during the years she raised us ten kids. I am proud to share them with you now. She is currently a widow after 52 years of marriage!

My Wheelchair Friend

It's been a long time for this close friend of mine...

To be pushed out with the birds and bees,

And to sit in the summer shade 'neath the trees.

What a wonderful thing to behold,

The smell of air while flowers unfold,

And to see many people dining outside

Under a clear sky with a silver lining.

The touch of a cool breeze helps make the day close with comfortable ease

It only took a little determination and caring from a friend who believes in charing

Who brings more lightness to the day,

Being brought among the treasures of God's way.

What a glorious thing...

A true pal can bring.

The Peace of Dawn

In the quiet peace of dawn,

The morning dew glistens on the lawn

As sunlight begins over the trees

We hear the pleasant song of birds and bees

If the weather is very fair,

We can smell the sweet scent of fresh air.

Now is the time to give thanks, ponder, and pray a bit,

To help us reach the worthwhile summit.!

Multi-colored fallen leaves rustle,

While children hustle and bustle;

All perky and bright,

On "Trick or Treat" night.

Black cats scramble,

In a clear preamble.

Owls go ahooting.

Couples go out in a pair,

All of them elsewhere!

Pumpkins seem to stare

While big and little kids try out dares;

When getting candy or making scares.

The gnome comes out of his home,

And is now not completely alone,

Gossameers, Goblins, Gremlins & Ghosts

Now play as eerie hosts!

Bats hovering over houses and barns,

Will do little or no harm;

But simply do alarm!

Do witches on brooms fly.

Across a moonlit sky?...

After concocting a brew,

That is an odd kind of stew?

The best of this happy bright night,

Is when all treats are laid out in sight...

After seeing most of good friends,

Before this exciting evening ends!

Air Pollution

Published in the Canton Journal on February 19, 1981

When you sneeze and cough,

Just before you stop...

Look around to see what you've got,

It may be the dust in your room...

Or rubbish thrown by a careless goon.

The time keeper you've bought...

No less than your own clock,

May seem to rapidly tick tock-

When car exhaust pipe pollution,

Is certainly not the solution,

Nor smoking which could send

you to an 'institution'...

With bronchitis, emphysema or cancer

Good cleanliness and concern is the answer!

Foul factory smoke...

Can almost make you choke

These are surely my pet peeves,

That stinks the air we breathe

Every little bit helps

When you take care of yourself!


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    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thank you so much everyone for these lovely comments! I think it truly made my Mom's day now to see these, as I showed her on the computer screen just a few minutes ago! :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Her talent shines through!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thank you, Joseph! It's very telling of what kind of attitude she had and where she was coming from. she truly had a positive and 'childlike' outlook! My fav is The Splendor of a tree! but i love her enthusiam with the halloween and christmas one!!! and You're welcome!

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      Joseph Amrhein 

      4 years ago

      I was too young I guess to know about these poems. Mom must have been in great spirits at the time, in order to write these!

      Totally awesome. Thank You so much for posting these.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thank you Blossom, she is! Thank you for your kind words are glad you like the poetry!!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I've enjoyed them all! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely poems with us. Your mother must be a lovely person. God bless you both.

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      4 years ago

      Thank you! Easy E, and my mom is still around..I may ask her to write some new ones!

      Thank you brtbell!

      She asked me to put these online, and I'm glad I did; even thou it took till now, cause she didn't ask me before and I forgot about all the poems she had published in the local paper, - who knows, there may be more than eleven; but I see her in a new way now, that is I understand some parts of her that are expressed through her writing; isn't that neat? that I didn't before, which this poetry gives me as well, and Thank you! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 

      4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I am so impressed! Beautiful work! Truly a treasure! Once again, thank you guys sharing!

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      Eric Pelka 

      4 years ago from State College, Pennsylvania

      When I'm not on the mobile website I'll definitely look up your alternate account as well.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      :) ha!!! Thank you!! I have some more also on my acct "blondey" I really appreciate it!

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      Eric Pelka 

      4 years ago from State College, Pennsylvania

      I'm following you now so will research how far the apple has fallen myself. Look forward to reading more of your old and new art.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thank you very very much, Sir. To answer your question...I believe not far in this way; I have many poems on this account of which (now I cannot believe how similar my writing style is- and I haven't read any of these in years since I was a kid and saw a few.) Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for your kind words and observations.

      My mom surely did find optimism, didn't she? I appreciate her in a whole new light, it's incredible, and I hope to make my siblings do the same!

      blessings to you and yours,


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      Eric Pelka 

      4 years ago from State College, Pennsylvania

      Your mother had a true gift. Each and everyone of these brought a smile to my face. That isn't easy in today's world. As a poet myself I envy that optimistic charm often finding tragedy as an easier inspiration. Thank you for sharing. I wonder how far the apple fell from the tree?


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