Living Poets Society
To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2023, the “At The Parish House” arts series of Emmanuel Church hosted a poetry event featuring local poets of all ages reading their work.
Their poems are below for you to enjoy, too!
Once There Was Another In My Shoes
Romy Curtis, Middleburg
The Art of Repair
Alice Robinson, Middleburg
Frances Farley, Middleburg
Valerie raised her children in other people’s houses.
She put them to bed under borrowed roofs.
In every landlord’s yard Valerie planted a Garden.
She was forced to move on before roots and blossoms
Could flourish under her tender care.
Roses and Lilacs and Lily of the Valley,
Flowers her Mother had taught her to grow,
Peony, Iris, Lavender and Larkspur,
The Strength of the Hills
W. Perry Epes, Lincoln
The strength of the hills is God’s, who made them,
but feeling as old and worn as they,
I daily I try measure
what it takes for me to climb the crest
of our far field over the road
where our neighbor shepherd grazes his ewes
till moving them to the lambing barn
in late winter. Then the field is open for us,
the people of his pasture,