I hope this poem book speaks to you and feels like a friend. Here are two short poems as a sample:
A Small Mistake
They say you should be careful what you ask for,
For that is likely what you will receive;
They say that what you live each day expecting
Is what will come about, with no reprieve.
I thought I sent the universe a clear plea
For what I’d like to be, and how, and when;
But instead of saying Prosperous,
I must have said Preposterous,
For here I am,
Laid off again.
Five years today it’s been, since we lost him,
Yet the seasons still get their sequence right.
The sun hasn’t noticed the vast black hole;
Rain falls unknowing through the long black night.
Small children laugh, unaware their tall friend
Has quietly withdrawn and softly moved on;
Cats still cavort and watch out their windows,
Unmindful that their loyal fan is gone.
Dogs are still playing and fetching their sticks,
Joyfully dropping them at the wrong feet.
Even the radio still plays his song,
Mindlessly grinding out its unheard beat.
After Kimberley’s second husband died, these poems started coming to her. Some are sad, some funny, all are thoughtful. Some are more structured, some less so, and they cover a wide variety of topics. They are loved by all who read them.
About the Author
Jen Kimberley has been a technical and then website writer for much of her professional life. From Australia, where she obtained her B.A. in English from Sydney University, she is now a dual citizen living in America and is close to her two grown sons. She is a cancer survivor. She played the violin for many years in local orchestras and has gone ballroom dancing (also Latin, swing, and Country) many weekends for most of her adult life. She currently lives in Illinois.