Mary Lou Meyer’s Poetry

My classmate Mary Lou Meyers sends me poems almost every day. This one seems to be perfect for Erev Yom Kippor, Fall, and my own needs!
Thanx, Mary Lou
(Photo from my camera)
One Tree Bore Witness
on 472 in Oxford, PA
One tree filled with grief
still flourishing for lack of rain,
lined with overpowering filigree
as if a natural born identity,
a green barrier between Light and Darkness.
Now the drive a disgraceful barrier
 of branches like bones,
each thrust of the axe condoned.
Once robins relaxed in their hold of shade
built nests on their sturdy limbs,
withdrew remarkable worms
from the concave moisture beneath.
Staying power and proof to bequeath
generations far removed
even those steeped in grief.
While the world goes on in a makeshift way,
an envelope of time dispirited not Divine,
no long inspired each Spring with nested opulence,
and leaves which carpeted a blanket of beauty everywhere.
Chagrined birds nowhere to fly,
but on electrified wire,
no more moonbeams dancing on a quiet lawn,
only shattered rainbows everywhere
in the halo cost of trees despaired
no division through the ranks of nobility,
keeping instead with new found glory in industry.
A Holocaust of trees.

75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris – Aug. 25, 2019

Since working with Cherie Goren on her memoir, A Time to Keep, I am much more aware of the anniversaries coming up for WWII, such as Normandy Beach and the liberation of Paris. Cherie’s book describes her idyllic life before Hitler invaded Lithuania and the family’s journey through Scandinavia and then England by boat to the USA, landing on Hitler’s 50th birthday, April 20th, 1939. This is another date I will always remember!
Here’s our picture (again) with Cherie holding her book and Krista and I on either side, celebrating the release of her book on AM\mazon in May.
So this year is Cherie’s 80th anniversary of arriving in America, safe and sound with her mother, father and three siblings. Her book is available on Amazon as a  soft cover book ($14) and on kindle for $7.00.
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