" In My Youth I See "

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James Parton
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" In My Youth I See "

Post by James Parton » Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:21 pm

In My Youth I See


In my youth I see a burning light,
a burning light burning bright.

In my youth I see a firey orange leaf in autumn.
A firey leaf shining in the light.

In my youth I see a trout swimming in a shallow
pool of water below the white waterfall in the river.

In my youth I see an apple. An apple on the tree.
A shiny red apple on the apple tree.

In my youth I see a quartz crystal clear as glass,
as clear as glass.

In my youth I see a shiny coin.
A shiny silver dollar to buy something with.

In my youth I see a deer.
A brown buck running through the woods.

In my youth I see a beautiful mountain.
A beautiful majestic mountain.

In my youth I see a teacher trying to teach
me something.




Back in the spring of 1979 the eighth grade class of Sand Hill Middle School ( Buncombe Co NC ) held a poetic prose competition. The only rule was that the poem had to be titled " In My Youth I See ". I wrote it during my english/spelling class taught by Mrs. Lalley and submitted it into the competition. I later found out I came in as the first place winner and they put the poem in the school newspaper. That was way back in April 1979. I was only 14 years old. I found my copy of the paper today, tucked inside an old home security safe. I thought I would post it here. It really brings back memories.

I still have the quartz crystal that is the one mentioned in the poem. I got it from Oscar Walker, a fellow classmate back in 1976 when I was in the 6th grade. The crystal now finds it's home on my computer desk.

Nature has always been a part of my life, then as now. I was an inquisitive learner then and that still holds true today.
James E Parton
Ovate Course Graduate - Druid Student
Bardic Mentor
New Order of Druids

http://www.druidcircle.org/nod/index.ph ... Itemid=145

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Re: " In My Youth I See "

Post by Beth » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:45 am

James,
That poem is ... well there are no words that are good enough.

Beth
Trees are the Answer

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Re: " In My Youth I See "

Post by dbhguru » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:15 pm

James,

You have wellsprings of creativity and depth that are simply put - awesome. Your contribution to and support of ENTS can never be repaid, but then I know that would never enter into your mind. You make us proud, my friend, very proud.

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
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Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
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Re: " In My Youth I See "

Post by Jenny » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:11 pm

That's really wonderful! Not like the overwrought tortured teenage girl verses I wrote at 14...

Thank you for posting it.

Jenny
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. ~Bill Vaughn

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Re: " In My Youth I See "

Post by Shorea » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:30 pm

Cool poem :) From a fellow crystal fan.

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Re: " In My Youth I See "

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:23 pm

James, Very creative. I also enjoyed your poem. James your a poet and didn't even know it! Larry

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Re: " In My Youth I See "

Post by James Parton » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:11 pm

Thank all of you for your compliments!

Bob, Thank you for your kind words but my contributions are no where near yours. What would ENTS be like without you? It would be like Lord of the Rings without Frodo Baggins!

Larry, In old time Europe, Poets and entertainers were referred to as Bards, Minstrels or Troubadours. My bardic lessons are based on learning druidry through tales and stories. But I am not much of a poet. I lucked up here!

I am nearly complete with my bardic lessons and I am in progress with the final exam to get into the Ovate grade.
James E Parton
Ovate Course Graduate - Druid Student
Bardic Mentor
New Order of Druids

http://www.druidcircle.org/nod/index.ph ... Itemid=145

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