Honoring my dead sister’s daughters

Happy Birthday to My Dear Nieces

June 2012

 

Happy birthday dear nieces may you always receive your best birthday wishes!

My young nieces were blonde, happy, jumping girls

So energetic and cheerful, yet so serious and smart,

Incredibly well behaved-they knew the rules and were polite

Constant helpers for their Mother at the dinner table and in the gardens,

Fun stories were told by them around the table or at holidays,

They had full command of speech so many tales bloomed

Giggles smirks, teasing were the free wheeling way

Of having fun, laughing at the ridiculous and their Father’s silly statements,

Fun Josh jokes, a funny brother’s comments

I love these nieces, still so sweet, smart, neat, and happy

They carry on, they survive and thrive

They know how to get by and I am humbled in wonder

Now grown up with new families,

Working and supporting others teaching, serving elders, loving their families

Hurrah! Soon another baby is arriving! I am proud to be a great Aunt!

I love and honor my dear Niece’s beauty, tenacity, intelligence

And respect their Mother’s never-ending love

For they are a wonder so capable of full spirits, greatness, and success

Happy birthday dear Nieces may you always receive your best birthday wishes!

Winter’s Sun

Winter’s Sun

The long rays of winter’s sun are sliding over the trees
On the ground the soft brown leaves decompose
Soon the moon rises and shines bright through the wintry breeze

In the house the lights shine on, the soup is served, we drink tea
We celebrate warm interiors; reading as the fires leap
Observe the cold days and the night’s frozen scenes repeat

Yet the spirit is alive; seasons are a wonder on this planet
Winter amazes in diverse geographies-however you plan it
Sing joy of life, see, feel, smile, love, hear, and celebrate

Beam, greet, and  keep the good works going
Find truth in walks, talks, parks where all beauty’s flowing
Take a love, be a love, and tell of love all-knowing

The long rays of the winter sun changes soon to spring
On the ground will be small bulbs and plants so green
Then summer sizzles again so sensationally

Seasons are experienced on and on, never ending
In the day, night, month, and throughout the year are blessings
Take pleasure in time and find a place for eternal enjoying

By Terri Bonow

January 2012