My Aunt at 16. Yes, I am aware of, and happy for, the resemblance.
Heredity is a double-edged sword. Never has this become so apparent as in the last week.
According to doctors, my little girl is going to struggle with the same weight and anxiety issues as her mother, yet she has also inherited my empathy and sense of adventure.
Finding out pancreatic cancer is hereditary was not a treat, I hope my Mom doesn’t pass that on to me. I hope all I get from her are the traits of thriftiness and intense loyalty to family.
Speaking of family, I have been blessed to have some of the most amazing, talented, accomplished Aunts and Uncles a niece could ask for. Growing up I was aware of my Uncle’s black belt in karate, and his brick-laying artistry. I was nine years old when I first watched my other Uncle perform on stage with his own modern dance company; he is still a sought after NYC choreographer. I watched all of my Uncles put their children first, and always make their nieces and nephews feel special, even though we didn’t see each other a lot. My Auntie T.’s husband was my first introduction to camo! I wonder if my sis remembers dressing up in his hunting gear?
All of my Aunts are women of deep faith, tireless care-givers and some of the most hard working women I have ever known. They may not know it, but their examples still inspire me.
Just last week one of my Aunts discovered my poetry online and she shared some of hers with me. We are talking lines written almost 40 years ago, starting in and around the year of 1969.
That’s when it dawned on me! We have a serious streak of creativity in this family!
So, I would like to share a few of Auntie T.’s full length poems and some excerpts. I poured over the snapshots of her hand-written lines and yellowed pages she sent to me. I feel honored to be privy to the love, pain and hard life lessons documented on those pages.
Auntie T. wrote this one when my cousins were babies:
Complex sensations dwell in the length of a day.
Kindness expels from deep within.
Expanding with style and grace,
vibrations are there,
meant to be felt.
Confront each day in the light of reality.
Take caution and care not to indulge.
The thread of the Universe ties everyone together.
Our combinations, all slightly complex.
Life is given to live as an individual.
To see Life for what it is,
and not for what it seems.
With hope our world will long endure the pain.
To continue through eternity,
with the love it gives.
Taste of the fruit Truth can possess.
Giving could be a link to satisfaction!
Fill your environment with happiness,
then truly the fullness of Life
will be felt.
And two more sweet limericks she wrote for her babies. First, on trying to get my cousin to eat her breakfast:
BANANA, BANANA HALF MOON FRUIT
Banana, banana half moon round,
Yellow, yellow fruit I found.
Fill my tummy, stop its growl
Tasteful, plentiful, makes no sound.
Slice and sweeten, cover with milk
Hmm, hmm, good down smooth as silk.
Another please and thank you do,
Have a half moon fruit and chew, chew chew!
And this one from 1984, written for her son’s school book week, and ending up being painted at the entrance to the school library!
Read a book
Dream new dreams
Explore the real
Take a look
Start a book and fill your heart
Complete it and your mind is full
Adventure leads to open doors
The more you read, the less you miss
As the world ensures your mind insists.
Morning dew, evening mist.
The Autumn daze remembrance
of horse drawn carriage rides.
The fields of bright flowers gone
buried beneath the leaves.
Romping about very merrily
happy to be alive.
Forgetful, I find myself while gazing,
that Nature takes its course.
The changes seem to me a miracle:
As birds and aging trees,
as old and new repeat the course
of Nature’s nostalgic seasons
that come to us
MINUTE CRYSTAL GLOW
Rainbow blossomed colors flow
within the bright beam of light.
Tiny particles make within my mind
the beauty seen.
Could I taste your shiny flake?
If so promised my love, redeemed.
Oh, shine my loved delight.
Reflect your beauty with all your might.
Glow of love’s blossomed flight.
Touch my body from head to toe,
the warmth and loving for your foe.
Why waste your minute beauty
to those who fight?
Glow forever on and on…
Gradually you’ll penetrate…
I’ll guard thee always sworn,
for each are soon to meet their fate.
Excerpts from “THE MEADOW” poems:
…The meadow of a peaceful life can harvest beauties of untold treasure.
As love for life brings continued endurance
on the rocky path we all seem to follow.
To feel the rewards of a harmonious life,
One must tune oneself into reality…
…Since to live is to die,
each flower opens its petals to their fullest annually….
The beauty the new Life brings with it
This is the final poem I will share for this round of “Auntie T’s poetry. Dated 1969, its application to 2017 is eerie.
People live dreaming free,
gazing at reality.
“I am you, you are me,
together we will see.”
Long distant battle….
of a child’s faint cry.
The War has just begun.
President (Nixon) talking rhymes; people die.
A brother and mother sigh,
the War, it must be done….
Help each other, dreaming free.
Fighting for reality.
We are all brothers,
together we will be.
Heavens in the silent night,
God extends his light.
Helping each other to live,
sorry for those that die.
silence bring less tears.
The War –
it has been done.
Thank you Auntie T. for reaching out to me with your poetry and helping me break my writer’s block I have had regarding this blog. Most importantly, thank you for being there beside us this last year and a half, helping us navigate Mom’s cancer journey. Now, it is time to get back to writing and taking pictures!
*All poetry is intellectual property of Auntie T. (pseudonym). This blog is for sharing, but the words within are protected by copyright laws.