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2014 - 56th Anniversary

I was born, Bronx, New York, in the year 'Thirty-Nine,
   the first child with a brother who followed in time.
Ten years later, moved North, Hudson Valley, same State
   where I've settled, lived on with my loved ones to date.

But when young, in my school, two fine talents emerged,
   and my teachers took time to encourage my urge.
I enjoyed my young years while I painted and penned;
   lots of canvas and paper used up without end.

At eighteen, I then married the love of my life
   and enjoyed my new path of becoming a wife
to my US Marine, very handsome and true;
   Paris Island, our home for a year, almost two.

By the age twenty-five, I was mother of three;
   a fine son, two sweet girls, a complete family.
We worked hard every day and our life was so good.
   I wrote poems and painted whenever I could.

Later, painting with oils was the pastime for me
   and I studied six years at an art gallery.
Varied art shows, displays, and a job filled my time.
   Soon I sold many pieces, and life was sublime.

Yet, the years went by fast and at age thirty-nine,
   I enrolled in a college to study part-time.
Six years later, I earned my prized English degree—
   a BA—and a Minor in Business for me.

Then my pictures with words replaced those done thru art,
   and I soon published poems of life and of heart.
Yet along in this time of my great writing spree
  I worked hard every day as our business VP.

For a full twenty years, we worked hard faithfully
   after hubby retired as the Chief of FD,
selling our fire equipment, all types, big and small
   to FDs, factories, district schools, and the malls.

Our dear children all married with families too
   are involved happily in whatever they do.
Happy grandma of five—late twenties to eighteen,
   and one granddaughter married two thousand thirteen.

We retired, sold our business thirteen years ago,
   still so busy with life, with its ebb and its flow.
We are proud and so blessed and thank God up above
   for our days and our life of good times filled with love.

Sandra M. Haight  

~1st Place~
Premiere Contest: Where Are You From
Sponsor: Joseph Soper
Judged: 08/01/2017

~2nd Place~
Contest: Bio of a Poet
Sponsor: Tammy Reams
Judged: 04/18/2015

Form: Anapestic Tetrameter (12 syllables, 4 feet per line)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 8/5/2017 7:05:00 PM
Sandra, what a breath of fresh air your poems are, with appealing art to go with them! .Your talents are so appreciated by so many of us here at Soup. I am delighted to see this take first place! Thank you also for sharing your anniversary photo with us. What handsome couple you are! Congratulations on your anniversary and on this poem's first placement my friend! : )
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Date: 8/3/2017 3:16:00 PM
Amazing. Well done on a much-deserved win.
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Date: 8/3/2017 4:47:00 AM
Your first place win is not unwarranted, Sandra. The ease with which you pass each moment of your life on in your words deserve the honor. Congratulations!
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Date: 8/2/2017 4:16:00 PM
I grew up in the Hudson Valley! Congrats on your top win, Sandra!
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Date: 8/2/2017 3:10:00 PM
Great Write , Your whole life story in a poem.. Wow, I feel like I know ya :) Congrats on your win So Good..
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Date: 8/2/2017 4:38:00 AM
A superb write my friend...from start to finish...happy living Sandra...would like to see some of your art though...Congrats!!!...^WW^
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Date: 8/1/2017 10:50:00 PM
Hi Sandra, congratulations on a beautifully penned life story and on your top win!
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Date: 4/27/2015 4:27:00 PM
Congrats on your win..Sara
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Date: 4/26/2015 12:17:00 AM
Sandra, Congratulations on your "Bio of a Poet" WIN!!! LINDA
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Date: 4/22/2015 6:01:00 PM
Sounds like you've lived a wonderful life of enjoyment and I only hope it continues for many years to come... It was so nice to learn more about you, Sandra. Congrats on your win with this beautiful poem!
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/24/2015 4:35:00 PM
Hi Kelly, yes, I have been fortunate. Thank you so much for your lovely words of support and congratulations. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 4/20/2015 12:30:00 AM
Congs and Happy to read this, This is my inspiration Sandy, You crafted your poem well, Bryan sends you a hug
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Date: 4/21/2015 2:38:00 AM
Sandy, I embrace, your gratitude, We are poets we will always be there for each other to read new writes Hugs, xoxoxox. Back again
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/20/2015 8:04:00 AM
Thank you so much for your very positive and encouraging comment and congrats, Bryan. I am so happy you enjoyed reading my poem, and I appreciate your stopping by! Hugs back to you :) Thanks again! Sandy
Date: 4/19/2015 4:35:00 PM
This is one heck of a write! I have seen only yours yet telling the whole story from start to finish. The other one I liked very much was of Eve Roper. Yours is very well done. Liked it very much. You have lived a rich life. Good for you. Life been good to you.
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Date: 4/20/2015 8:09:00 AM
Hi Abdul, I really appreciate your stopping by with your positive comment, and I am so pleased that you enjoyed my bio poem. Yes, I have been fortunate to have a good like. Again, thank you so much for your kind remarks. Sandra
Date: 4/19/2015 2:16:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Sandra, nice to know a little more about you. It looks like we have got a few things in common. A 7. Blessings dear friend Eve
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/20/2015 8:11:00 AM
Hi Eve, thank you so much for stopping by with your positive comments and congratulations. Yes, I saw that we do have some things in common! I so much appreciate your visits and support. Thanks again, Hugs, Sandra
Date: 4/19/2015 10:51:00 AM
Beautiful write Sandra...congrats on your win
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Date: 4/20/2015 8:12:00 AM
Thank you so much, Joseph, for your nice comment and congrats. Sandra
Date: 4/19/2015 6:46:00 AM
Dropping back with my congrats Sandra-) Hugs Jan xx
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/20/2015 8:12:00 AM
Thank you once again, Jan. Your visits are always so much appreciated! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 4/19/2015 1:35:00 AM
So certain this would be a winner. Congrats on your win. Lovely bio...
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/19/2015 7:49:00 AM
Thank you so much, Nandita, for your nice comment, support and congrats. It means a lot to me! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 4/18/2015 11:32:00 PM
Congrats on your win Sandra :)
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Date: 4/19/2015 7:56:00 AM
Thank you, Ed, for stopping by with our congratulations! Sandra
Date: 4/18/2015 10:06:00 PM
Congrats on your 2nd place win Sandra. I love the picture! This is a great written bio. Thank you for entering my contest.
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/19/2015 7:47:00 AM
Hi Tammy, it was a pleasure to participate in your contest. Thank you so much for the great placement and for your positive comments! Sandra
Date: 4/14/2015 7:18:00 AM
Sandra Haight is the Sophia Loren of Poetry Soup, an ageless, timeless beauty with "smarts". If you don't take a "First Place," on this one, somebody needs to be on Ritalin!
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Date: 4/14/2015 8:36:00 AM
Awww, Judy...I am speechless about your amazing compliment! Thank you for that, and I appreciate your stopping by to read my poem and offer your encouraging comments. Sandra
Date: 4/13/2015 11:57:00 AM
OH. MY. GOD. - I LOVE THIS!!!!! So nicely detailed, and I don't know how you make your meter and rhyme so perfect!! Learnt so much!! All the best - This will win for sure!! :D
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Date: 4/14/2015 8:25:00 AM
Sneha, thank you so much for reading my poem. I appreciate your positive comments so much! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 4/12/2015 4:57:00 PM
first I have to say, YOU LOOK AMAZING, lady!!! Ok, I read this and I am thinking, wow, what a life. You did your poem the way I was thinking of doing mine, but then I just gave up because I had too much I wanted to say. Just a heads up, I believe you can't go beyond 40 lines (not sure but that is what i thought it said)a BIO Well done, my friend.
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Date: 4/12/2015 6:57:00 PM
Thanks, Andrea, for the nice compliment! Yes, I have been very fortunate indeed in many ways. I have just 40 lines (10 stanzas x 4), so I think that should be okay for the contest. So nice of you to stop by and read this! Thanks again. Sandra
Date: 4/12/2015 4:44:00 PM
Reads like a winning poem..Great to learn of your full life..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/12/2015 6:58:00 PM
Hi Sara, so nice of you to stop by to read my bio poem, and thank you for the nice comments. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 4/12/2015 2:55:00 PM
Dear Sandra, What a wonderful life, filled with great achievements, you have led. I would love to see some of your paintings. Isn't it wonderful to be in a position to retire comfortably and reap the joy you've sewn? Best wishes in the contest. I enjoyed learning more about you. Love, Carolyn
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/12/2015 7:01:00 PM
Thank you so much for stopping by, Carolyn. I appreciate your nice comments! I have sold many of my paintings but happy that I do have photos of nearly all of them, with others scattered throughout my home. And yes, retirement is great. It sounds like you are at the place too?? Thanks again for stopping by. Hugs, Sandra P.S. You can view one of my paintings I pictured with a poem for a contest:
Date: 4/12/2015 8:53:00 AM
Sandra, so happy to know more about you, seems you have had a beautiful life, I also found writing and art, although mine is art appreciation, I spend a lot of time at the art gallery of Canada studying art of the masters, your bio is well penned, 7, best of luck and thanks for visiting my poem, In The Forest Den
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Date: 4/11/2015 3:21:00 PM
what a wonderful bio Sandra - you sure have packed an awful lot into your life and your achievement with your English degree is something to be so so proud of - good luck in the contest - this is a wonderful write - so lovely to learn more about the people on the site:-) Hugs jan xx
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Sandra Haight
Date: 4/11/2015 8:41:00 PM
Jan, thank you so much for your wonderful comment about my bio poem. Yes, those college classes part-time, mostly in the evening, seemed endless! I have enjoyed some bios that I was able to find, but I think some poets are not using their names for titles, so I haven't found too many. Anyway, thank you again for all your support! Hugs, Sandra