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My Quiet Place
Bobbi Martino


There’s a place in the woods that only I know--
A place in the wood where I can go
When I’m tired or worried or down in the dumps
When I feel that I’m getting most all of the bumps.
It’s so quiet that when I am there, I forget
All my troubles and worries and cares, and I let
The whole world go right by me and not even see
That I’m hiding there from it and trying to be
As quiet, as quiet as ever I can
So I won’t break the quiet unbroken by man.
His planes and his trains and his cars and fast pace
Have never been heard of, in my quiet place.


© by Bobbi Martino.
Used with the author’s permission.


Bobbi Martino grew up in rural Maine, with plenty of woods to wander. Daughter and granddaughter of gifted gardeners, she is a lifelong lover of nature in general and trees, flowers, and the ocean, in particular. A retired nurse and mother of three, Bobbi spends her time these days in or near the ocean—as often as is possible—in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she lives with Paul, her husband/partner/friend of nearly 60 years. Bobbi enjoys sewing, flowerpot gardening, reading, and writing rhymes for her five grandchildren.




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Lori Levy:
The quiet place sounds great!
Posted 06/08/2020 09:30 PM
Thank you for sharing this moment of quiet�so very important, especially now.
Posted 06/08/2020 04:23 PM
here's to you and to your life in poetry--thanks for sharing with all of us.
Posted 06/08/2020 03:23 PM
I really loved this poem and thank you for allowing it to be shared.
Posted 06/08/2020 02:36 PM
Thank you, Bobbi, for taking me to a quiet place this morning. I think I'll linger a while.
Posted 06/08/2020 01:58 PM
Your poem reminds me and all how important it is to have a quiet place in our lives. Thank You
Posted 06/08/2020 01:21 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
A special reminder of a special place. Thanks to your twelve year old self that's inside you.
Posted 06/08/2020 12:29 PM
Great first byline. I want to go to that place right now. Thanks.
Posted 06/08/2020 11:49 AM
It is wonderful to have such a place. Thank you for reminding me to keep in touch with mine.
Posted 06/08/2020 11:12 AM
michael escoubas:
Congratulations Bobbi on your first byline and hopefully many more to come. Nicely done!
Posted 06/08/2020 09:58 AM
What lucky grandchildren!!!
Posted 06/08/2020 09:51 AM
Larry Schug:
Hopefully we can all find such a place either inside or outside of ourselves-or both. Your words create a small haven for all who read them.
Posted 06/08/2020 09:04 AM
Look what a twelve-year-old can do! She totally tells her secret. I like the line breaks lines 5 and 6. The time period markers, MAN and HIS, in the last three lines, prove the poem�s vintage.
Posted 06/08/2020 09:01 AM
What a lovely poem. So glad it was finally shared so others can enjoy it.
Posted 06/08/2020 08:19 AM

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