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Don't Postpone Joy
Judi Brown


she was right
this Helen Eckersley

in whose memory the bench was placed
facing a towering red maple

perhaps if I linger
I'll see a flicker
or a warbler
            (yellowthroats are common here)

I slip the pack from my shoulders to sit quietly with Helen
to listen to her story
honor her wisdom

I promise myself I will not forget

© by Judi Brown.
Used with the author’s permission.



Judi Brown wrote her first poem in 2008; she says "they have been flowing through me" ever since, and she keeps paper and pen handy so she can capture whatever, whenever it comes. Judi describes her day job  as "immensely rewarding;" she raises funds to support causes that are meaningful to her and which help to repair and improve the world. Judi enjoys walking in the woods and laughing with family and friends.



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A beautiful reminder.
Posted 07/27/2016 08:36 PM
Sitting at your bench calms me and soon the joy begins to rise from within. Like the delight in this beautiful day. Thank you, Judi.
Posted 07/26/2016 05:30 PM
Judi Wonderful poem. I feel like I'm actually there. I feel as if I've experienced the bench, too. Thank you.
Posted 07/26/2016 02:04 PM
Lori Levy:
Like how the bench faces a "towering red maple."
Posted 07/26/2016 10:39 AM
Like this poem. Sometimes the comments are as poetic as the poem...rhonasheridan--2nd sentence! Good title for a poem.
Posted 07/26/2016 09:17 AM
Larry Schug:
Of course, this poem helps me think of my mother-in-law, for whom we also remembered with a bench along the Redwood river, not far from where her ashes lie. These word not mushy sentiment, but sentimental in the best sense of the word. Good job, Judi Brown!
Posted 07/26/2016 07:45 AM
Very, very special. Thanks, Judi.
Posted 07/26/2016 07:39 AM
Lovely sentiment, heartfelt.
Posted 07/26/2016 06:48 AM
I don't postpone a joy. What a wonderful sentiment. Thanks for a positive thought with my morning coffee.
Posted 07/26/2016 05:02 AM
I really do like this poem so very much. I often think about the people mentioned on benches. Thank you.
Posted 07/26/2016 04:39 AM

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