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Angela Hoffman


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A box of strawberries; heart berries
Mason jars of honey and maple syrup; gifts of gold
Complimentary asters and goldenrod
A stone all smooth
Eggs the color of paper sacks
A bowl made from the clay of the earth
Hickory nuts nestled in braided sweet grass
A bundle of asparagus
Pine needles woven into a basket
Rhubarb jam, sauerkraut, pickled beets, salsa
Roots of peonies, seeds of poppies

These hand-to-hand offerings
given as gifts
mundane yet sacred
are balm for the soul.


© by Angela Hoffman.
Used with the authorís permission.



Angela Hoffman has lived her entire life in rural Wisconsin. The pandemic and her retirement coincided, making the ground ripe for writing poetry. Angela committed to writing a poem a day during the pandemic, never realizing she would be doing so for more than two years. Her first book, Resurrection Lily, was just released and a second, OllyOllyOxen Free, is forthcoming in 2023. In addition to writing, Angela enjoys yoga, reading, painting, hiking, and searching for treasures at second-hand stores. Learn more about her at https://www.facebook.com/angelahoffmanpoet.

 


Post New Comment:
CamilleBalla:
So true. Hand-to-hand offerings, variety of images bring back memories of a stone all smooth, yesterdays gift of gold delivered by mail, wrapped by the giver in central Illinois mason jars of honey and maple syrup. Thank you, Angela.
Posted 04/07/2023 07:55 AM
Anastasia:
A handmade gift is a gift of time, saying "you mean so much to me, I took time to make this for you"a truly invaluable gift!
Posted 04/05/2023 11:18 AM
Puppet Lady:
Because these are like the gifts we give and value, your poem really resonates with me. Beautiful images! Thank you!
Posted 04/05/2023 08:16 AM
Jancan:
Oh, yes! Well said!
Posted 04/05/2023 12:35 AM
Lori Levy:
I agree. Beautiful.
Posted 04/04/2023 06:59 PM
KinVT:
Conjures so many delightful images And such a true message
Posted 04/04/2023 05:08 PM
michael escoubas:
What an enticing and joy-filled poem, Angela. Thank you.
Posted 04/04/2023 09:52 AM
Larry Schug:
"a bundle of asparagus" how much fun is that to say aloud! A beautiful sentiment, well expressed.
Posted 04/04/2023 07:48 AM
JanetRuth:
So true! A delightful gem.
Posted 04/04/2023 07:22 AM


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