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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Yesterday I was a baby on the farm Precious being held in Mommy’s arms Yesterday I said I was Daddy’s “kecaw” And, smiling, I was my mother’s “doll” Yesterday I was a little girl playing Out in the grass where my dog was staying We – he and I – would share the precious moments The brown Collie-Spitz dog would follow where I went Yesterday I played with my brother at night In the clover with lightning bug’s flashing lights Placing them in a jar with hole punched in lid Watching them flash their mystery that was hid Yesterday I watched as the men cut the hay Piling stacks during the high heat of the day The men would work hard but laugh with happiness Sweating as they went about their busy-ness Yesterday I picked big, juicy blackberries While June bugs buzzed around my head all merry O’er in the field far out of sight time I’d spend As Goldenrod and Queen Ann’s Lace waved in the wind— Yesterday farmer’s gathered to share work While wives prepared steaming hot meals with no shirk Tobacco cutting was hard labor to yield Tobacco in barn meant money from the fields Yesterday just before twilight fell to earth Little sister and I walked through fields with mirth We brought the cows to the barn as our habit We laughed and sang as our dog chased the rabbits O’er in western sky where dreams lie far away The brilliance of gold and red were quietly sprayed God’s had dipped His paintbrush into His vast supply Displaying His beauty in love not denied Yesterday’s chores were laborious and hard Without fancy motors or pollutants to mar, But with Betty and Billy pulling the implements Somehow their nearness gave natural presence Yesterday I became a young girl tall and skinny Old enough to do chores and there were many; Carried three buckets of water for the night All day I starched and ironed clothes to look just right Yesterday within my minds’ eye sees the past It s’ amazing how bits and pieces seem to last Good and painful surface then regress Down life’s road whenever -- wherever; I’m blessed Today’s tomorrow will become yesterday Stacked days upon days filed deep and far away Stored within recesses of God’s fine array— There for retrieval in tomorrow’s someday -Evelyn Pearl (Carpenter) Anderson Note: “kecaw” was cushaw.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013

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Date: 4/8/2016 4:09:00 PM
The mixture is sublime! Good stuff!
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Date: 3/20/2016 2:42:00 PM
Wonderful poem showing much love in your heart.
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Date: 3/18/2016 1:32:00 AM
Simple life with more happiness,, miss it 2day....beautiful....
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Date: 3/17/2016 7:51:00 AM
Hi Pearl: A very heartfelt poem. I really enjoyed it.
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Date: 3/17/2016 5:35:00 AM
I just love these true life poems.
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Date: 3/17/2016 1:53:00 AM
Good old memories, nicely relayed. Like the rhyme (who, who, but I know - it takes efforts). Good philosophical point at the end ))
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Date: 3/17/2016 12:31:00 AM
Very beautiful and memorable for this farm girl.
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Date: 3/16/2016 10:28:00 PM
This is a great poem and I enjoyed it a lot take care keep posting .
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Date: 3/16/2016 7:57:00 PM
I enjoyed your poem very much. It's one I would like to read over and over to let it sink in more deeply. It shows a lot of talent on your part.
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Date: 3/16/2016 7:56:00 PM
I enjoyed your poem very much. It's one I would like to read over and over to let it sink it more deeply. It shows a lot of talent on your part.
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Date: 2/4/2013 10:27:00 PM
E P. Anderson, :-) Congratulations with your creative top featured poem of the week. Take care and have yourself an excellent time here on the soup... I know I sure am. * or should I say I will at least try. Always~ & ~ Forever*LINDA"
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Date: 2/4/2013 7:14:00 PM
Funny how things that didn't seem so important then are nice memories now, I love your poem, beautifully written, love debra
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Date: 2/4/2013 2:37:00 PM
Enjoyed the poignant reminisces Pearl; so much conveyed here.."
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Date: 2/4/2013 9:02:00 AM
I enjoyed this Pearl - reminds me of my parent's childhood recollections.
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Date: 1/31/2013 5:52:00 PM
So nice to read your write this evening. Light & Love
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