Who is on the plum tree?
In follow up to my story in “Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence”, “None Other,” one might ask what I learned from my childhood experiences beyond disappointment and a sense that I had been cheated out of something that I saw happening in other families? I can now say that those experiences are largely responsible for teaching me unconditional love. They paved the way for me to grow into a loving, caring and nurturing person, I practiced those learned principles in the face of most all bumps in the road that would face me throughout life. Not to say there were not rough edges, and rough times. I tried always to look for a light at the end of the tunnel, a bright side on the other side of the dark side and to always remind myself there were so many people in far worse shape than I was.
In an ironic twist of fate I continued to play the caretaker throughout my life taking care of both my parents through their illnesses until death, my mother just recently passing away at the age of 93. I’ll admit to sometimes wondering where I was mustering up the strength and compassion to do this. I believe when called upon this was already inherent to my being…developed long ago taking care of my brother, plowing through.
I currently have a wonderful extended family and good friends in my life whom I cherish with all of my heart. I have returned to my love of writing after a lengthy career and I have been lucky enough to participate in the “Every Child” project. To top that off I have recently been selected for the role of Head of Poetry for Plum Tree Books, something I never thought I would ever be doing in my wildest dreams.
I believe I am a spiritual person with good insight and perspective about the meaningful values in life. I feel fortunate to have a great family and friends, travel around the US and Europe and have an enriching life. Through whatever innocence was lost, there was much I would gain.
DiAnne and Denny – Melbourne Beach, Florida, Feb 2007
For Denny 1972
If you’re ever low and lonely
with no one there or caring,
And the rain clouds in your life
are growing stronger,
If it seems that with you only,
your dreams of life are sharing
And the hours in your days
are growing longer,
And if the patterns of your life
are losing all their meaning,
And the moonlights have lost
Their golden hue,
If on walls of tattered fortune
your mind is strongly leaning,
And your vision is an ever changing view,
If your tapestry of living
weaves designs of vast confusion
And your needs are drifting
down the rutted road,
And if yourself you’re giving
just to dreams in dark delusions,
And no one seems to lighten
up your load,
If all the misty sorrows,
have broken you in pieces
And your heart lies somewhere
in the lost and found,
Don’t look to sad tomorrows,
Or cling to false releases,
Just remember that I’ll always be around.
This poster pretty much explains how I feel about being named Head of Plum Tree Poetry. It has washed away the dust of my everyday life. Just a little while ago I was going about my business maintaining my poetry web-site but otherwise longing for some other way to get involved in a way to further express my love of writing and specifically, spreading my love of poetry to others and getting them involved.
It was wonderful being able to participate in the Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence Project and meeting so many other wonderful writers. Seeing that blossom into being asked to head up Plum Tree Poetry was both surprising and thrilling.
I’m hopeful that through the new and exciting things happening under the Plum Tree we can inspire an interest and participation in not just poetry, but all of the activities, all of the exciting branches sprouting from the Plum Tree.
If you have not yet downloaded the book. Now is your chance: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Child-Entitled-Innocence-ebook/dp/B0077E6F60
Visit DiAnne’s Scribbles: https://sites.google.com/site/diannesscribblespoetry/