A Living History

This is not a painting

It is a living family history

Not just an abstract splash of color

But, a life’s journey

A story that began a lifetime ago

Moving 2500 miles to Alberta

Building a little house in the big woods

Raising his family near a Cree Indian village

By the shores of Calling Lake

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This is a story of mid-life change

to the big city of Edmonton

Becoming a respiratory therapist

A new career of serving others

Retiring to a condo

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Memory fading to dim

More than Mother can care for

Her brain tumor required attention

Care needed for both

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End of like can be full of surprises

This is not a painting

It is our family’s story

Painting: Dwight L. Roth 1-2013

Today at d’Verse, Mish asked us to choose an object, that means something special to us, and write a poem beginning with the line… “This is not a _________” Eight years ago we flew to Edmonton, AB to make care arrangements for both of my wife’s parents. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor and her father was suffering from Alzheimer’s. It was a traumatic time for all of us. When we finally returned home the end of January, I poured my emotions into this painting depicting their life in Alberta. To me, this is much more than a painting. It is a piece of family history!

Join us at: https://dversepoets.com …click on Mr. Linkey and read more poems.

The Flow

Steel Bridge over the North Saskatchewan River – Edmonton, Alberta

North Saskatchewan

Cars flow above river’s flow

Both will freeze over

Steel bridge long gone … cars still flow

Traded for concrete four-lane

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I took this photo many years ago from the top of the CN Tower in Edmonton, Alberta. What a different perspective from the top floor. Security would not let us up there these day!

This is written in the Tanka form.

Stay With Me

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Stay with me and hold me close
While others fear and express their woes
Our promise was for better or for worse
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Stay with me head to head
While others live in fear and dread
With you I will always make my bed
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You stayed with me cheek to cheek
Through 50 years with weather bleak
And still it’s you my heart does seek
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And if this time should be our last
As Covid  ravages // steals our gasp
Let me stay with you as life shall pass
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Photo of statue at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, Alberta… Dwight L. Roth

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