I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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13 October 2016


The paintings on my walls
by artist friends.
Photos Andrew took
with his eye for composition, 
and blew up into framed enlargements.

My bookshelves crammed with volumes – 
some you can't get now, and some
I've had since I was a child
and loved since then.

This cat beside me on the couch
grooming herself assiduously –
or elongated in sleep,
bracing her feet on my leg.

The mountains around the skyline;
the sky in all its moods;
the river that runs through town;
the deep blue, foaming ocean.

Memories: black gums and golden wattles, 
the vast lawns of my childhood.
Travels: sunny Bali, cool Peru,
the crags and streams of Scotland.

The Spring flowers now coming out.
My favourite poems and songs.
Loves I've known.

Written for Midweek Motif: Wealth at Poets United


  1. Oh, indeed, you are wealthy! And from anywhere I sit--especially at home--I contemplate similar treasure.

  2. YES! These are the true treasures. My room is full of the same........

  3. You are indeed wealthy in the things that really matter, Rosemary. No one could ask for better or more.

  4. Beautifully done! That third stanza is just perfect.

  5. I think if more of us would "count our blessings" as you have done, we'd see how wealthy we truly are.

  6. This is soo beautiful! Especially love the 4th stanza :D

  7. Memories are the best sort of wealth. I like this very much.

  8. Very beautiful There is so much wealth in your poem; the books, cat mountains, memories and the beautiful flowers

  9. Thank you for reminding us of full wealth

  10. Beautiful poem filled with rich experiences.

  11. Untold wealth now told. Wonderful, Rosemary!

  12. I love that you value the kind of wealth that is truly worth something. We all should feel this ways. The world would be a much happier place if we did. ♥

  13. So much wealth in every day things and events but not noticed. Life all the richer if given fair consideration and recognition lest it just comes and go with no memories!


  14. The simple things in life are priceless. Yet we take them for granted. Thanks for an inspiring poem.

  15. Luv "sky in all its mood"
    this sings a tune of total gratitude to all of God's gifts

    much love...

  16. Sounds to me like you're a multimillionaire, Rosemary :-)