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Grace Marie Grafton

Nestled in the hollow
of overgrowth this spring
these leaves form a whorl
that will not form
the same next spring nor
was it here last year
but for the moment makes
a place where a yellow orchid
bright as spring sun
would fit the hollow
tumbler where memory stores
a particular music
one former May
when birds repeated notes

© by Grace Marie Grafton.
Used with the author’s permission.


Grace Marie Grafton has taught young students in grades 1-5 to appreciate and write poetry for over thirty years, as a poet and teacher active in the California Poets In the Schools organization. Her goal has been to support and develop the natural fascination with language of the young child and to encourage what she believes is an inborn love of poetry before it's "rationalized" out of most of us by about nine years of age. Grace’s  own poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines, and she is the author of six books of poems, the most recent being Jester. Her inspiration springs from nature, art and the poetry of others. Raised in California’s Central Valley, Grace now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and extended family. From her windows, she regularly sees deer, squirrels, woodpeckers, ravens and wild turkeys. 


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Cherise Wyneken:
Cherise Wyneken This lovely poem takes one deep into a memory of something that happened long ago. Thanks for sharing
Posted 03/29/2014 02:08 PM
Hi, I love this spring poem...Allegra
Posted 03/29/2014 12:05 PM
Hi, I love this poem...Allegra
Posted 03/29/2014 12:05 PM
Donna Pflueger:
Beautiful captured nature's truth and expressed it perfectly. Your words will stay with me and remind...
Posted 03/29/2014 11:50 AM
Lovely Spring imagery!
Posted 03/29/2014 11:29 AM
Posted 03/29/2014 10:20 AM
What a delight to see Grace's beautiful array of words to start the day.
Posted 03/29/2014 09:49 AM
Grace, you have the greatest job! Oh, I have been loving the March line-up of poetry; each and every one and this is no exception. so beautiful
Posted 03/29/2014 07:44 AM

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