A Love Story

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A Love Story  

She watched him tall and lean

With bib overalls and a head of dark hair

Thinking how handsome he was

How strong and capable a man he had become

He was only sixteen //but gave the appearance of eighteen

His gate was long // intense // full of determination

She loved that about him // the boy/man from across the field

Smart and fun to be around // his smile was full of laughter.

There he was, driving his father’s four milk cows up her lane

To share pasture with twenty-five more

Self-conscious // she picked up her father’s tee shirt

Hanging it on the porch line strung between two posts

Glancing towards the lane she caught his attention

He waved and gave a hearty, “Hi Beatrice! How are you today!”

Tongue tied, she could only reply, “I’m fine!”

And then he was gone // on up the lane and over the hill

It was evident he was special // graduating from high school at sixteen

She // only fourteen // knew she was in love

This is a semi-fiction story poem about my mom and dad when they were young. They grew up across the road from each other. The picture at the top was taken the year after they were married. She is holding an armful of rhubarb to hide her baby bump!


Celebrating Diversity

Ollie and Ellie Phil's cats

Some think diversity should be a mandate

A cultural change forced to enlighten

Not just acknowledged acceptance,

but required

I see diversity, not as a melting pot,

but as a mosaic masterpiece of all shapes and sizes

One to be celebrated, shared, and acknowledged

Ollie and Ellie 2 Phil's cats

Photos: Phil Roth

We are back from our summer break at d’Verse and Merril has given us the prompt celebrate, to celebrate eleven years as a poetry group on Word Press. She said we can use it in any manner we choose. I wrote a perspective on celebrating diversity; getting along with one another in spite of how we look or what we believe.

Join us at: https://dversepoets.com

Ode to Summers Past

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Carefree childhood days before I was ten

Playing outside in the warm summer heat

Running the wood paths again and again

Imagination chasing each heartbeat


Soft cool earth against feet calloused and tough

Playing with friends among the cool tall trees

I loved those days they were never enough

Brought so much joy when we did as we pleased


Playing baseball behind the neighbor’s shed

With just a fielder, pitcher, and batter

Trading bubblegum cards with players heads

Mantle and Myers were all that mattered


Those were the days they are fossils on my brain

Childhood days… life was always much the same


Photo: Betty Berkshire

Hummingbird Feeding

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I planted a Purple Hyacinth outside my kitchen window, and it is now blooming. The beautiful purple blooms have attracted the hummingbirds. i have seen them a few times as I come and go in the Kitchen. This evening a female hummingbird was flitting about among the blossoms gathering nectar. I got my camera and thought I might get a shot or two, but she stayed and kept posing for my photos. I was very excited to get these beautiful shots to share with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Purple flower bloom

Inviting my hummingbird

Temperature soaring


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Photos: Dwight L. Roth


Love, Loaves, and Fishes

Loaves and fishes

Love, Loaves & Fishes

Love is a basket with five loaves of bread and two fishes

It is never enough until you start to give it away.

~source unknown

This past couple of weeks my wife has been going through old letters she saved that her parents wrote to us from many years ago. Her father always loved quotes and often put one at the top of his letters. The quote above was one she found today.

Most of you might be familiar with the Bible Story of the little boy giving his lunch to Jesus, and how it multiplied to feed thousands who were there. There is much wisdom in the act of giving and sharing what we have with other. I hope you enjoy this quote as much as I did.

Caribbean Getaway

Carribian painting

Mid-Summer and Fourth of July

Thought I’d take time for an Island get-away

Down to the Caribbean

Enjoy the ocean and feel the palm trees

swaying it the tropical breeze

A perfect day for a virtual get-away

It was only for a few hours

No heavy traffic to contend with

No long lines or airport delays

Just peace and quiet; there alone in the heat

And all I came back with was this painting

By some unknown artist


Painting by Unknown Artist: Dwight L. Roth


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Nature’s Fireworks

Starting a few days early

Happy Fourth of July

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I saw the sun catching these day lilies just right last evening. I was able to get a shot before it moved on.

Photo: Dwight L. Roth


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Three of my windows were getting streaked and foggy in between the glass. Since they were new when we moved into our house, the life-time warranty was still in effect. I contacted the manufacturer and sent them pictures of the three windows. They agreed to send me three replacement double glass panes, but I had to pay $40 each for shipping.

I sent them a check and a couple of weeks later three large cartons arrived on my doorstep. When I picked them up to take them inside, one of the boxes had a rattling sound inside. I knew that meant the window paned was broken.  Examining the box, I could see there was a definite crease in the middle that looked like something heavy had dropped on it. I contacted the company again and explained the situation. They are going to send me a replacement.

Double-pane/pain window

Shattered with broken pieces

Glass, Handle with Care

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Photo: Dwight l. Roth