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He tried to pull her to her feet / but she couldn’t stand

“This used to be a house” she declared / “But my love for you

made it a home.”

 

 

 

Tell Me Where The Trees Find Shelter?

 

By Paula M. Patton-Ross

…and he found her crouched in a corner

wetting her knees with tears of pain.

She said “You oughta feel this,

you really oughta”

and continued to cry

as she tried to explain.

 

“Look at me!

with those eyes

and that heart

you don’t use to often,

 

I’ve been a fountain of abundance

wherein 4 rivers and 2 streams

have come from

Me!

Your Ocean.”

 

He tried to pull her to her feet

but she couldn’t stand

“This used to be a house” she declared

“But my love for you

made it a home.”

 

Her teardrops streamed

falling onto his hand

each one had a dream

and a life of its own.

 

“All I know about me

is that I got lost along the way

following someone

Whose feet made no din.

 

Since then I’ve been feeling around

on my knees in the dark

for my identity.

It’s lost inside you, isn’t it?

Oh God! what a strange society

I’m in.

 

Constantly thirsting for love:

can you tell me what you think it is?

Because I’ve been waiting

to escape the summer swelter;

 

braving desert winds

and sandstorms

which threaten all I am.

Can you

tell me

where the trees

find shelter?

Source: Tell Me Where The Trees Find Shelter? 

Paula Marguerite Patton-Ross ( b. 1955)  is a new ‘poetic engineer’ emerging onto the literary scene with her latest child of passion “Tell Me Where The Trees Find Shelter?”.  The author was born in Elizabeth New Jersey.  Having been environed and socialized by the ‘vietnam war’, and the struggles for “black equality” her conclusion “love is under-emphasized” has been the rationale for her picking up pen and paper.  Her writings are empathetic “spirit identifies with spirit” with deliberative words she makes plain her emotions, equalizing and linking them to those of her readers, a connecting- the -dots for the nature in all of us that internalizes.

Married to her husband of 32 years and mother of six (which she refers to as 4 rivers and 2 streams) she lives a quiet life on a ranch in Tonopah Arizona.  “I can see the stars now… and they tell me of…things.” The writer fills her days with writing.  She says “I write, and I write and when I can take a break, I write and if I get the time to… I write.

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