Friday, May 15, 2015

Poet of the Month--Peggy Dugan French

in my dreams

By Peggy Dugan French

you
across the table
still


30 years ago
we were surrounded
by family and friends
now we have a seasoned past
to keep us company
the kids
old friends
a grab bag of memories
pains, sorrows, pleasures, joys

still
whether it be across the breakfast table
or a candlelit dinner
we brave the future side by side
not knowing where the path will lead
but always full of faith in us

now
sifting through the decades we’ve traveled
since embarking on this journey
i smile with remembrance
of our days of youth
and discovery
gently reminding me
that every twist and turn through the years
steered me in the right direction

always to you


yesterday
and today
the man of my dreams
still
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From the editor--It is an pleasure to announce that Peggy Dugan French is May’s Poet of the Month.  She is a talented published writer and the editor of Shemom.  Readers at Whispers enjoy her creative poetry.  Peggy is an uplifting voice at our online journal, regularly leaving thoughtful comments which others appreciate.  She has collaborated with a writing friend on poems that have been featured at Whispers. She regularly shares her talent by participating in our community activities.  Peggy’s honor is richly deserved.
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Thoughts on “ in my dreams”--Right away, I was drawn to the artistic presentation of Peggy’s poem.  Her clever use of spacing gives the reader a chance to pause and absorb what she has to say before moving on to the next stanza.  As I journeyed along with Peggy, I found my self relating to facets of my own life.  Drawing the reader in is so important to a successful poem.  This is truly a different slant on a love poem, one with depth and honesty.  Her talent is evident in this wonderful piece.
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Congratulations and thank you Peggy!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.

Sincerely,

Karen O’Leary, Editor

55 comments:

  1. This is a phenomenal piece of writing, to weave emotion and history together like this.
    Just wonderful, Peggy...
    Congratulations, as well for being recognized this month, deservedly so.

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    1. Thank you Michael! I really appreciate your comments. I am glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  2. Peggy, I like how you blend and sew through each emotion expressed. Beautifully written. Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri, I appreciate your comments!

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    2. Excuse me, but in my haste to comment on your lovely poem I forgot to totally congratulate you on this Poet of The Month honor! Again, CONGRATULATIONS! Sheri

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  3. very beautiful - and congrats on your honour

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  4. Peggy,
    I love this! Keep up the good work.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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    1. Thank you so much David, glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  5. This is a breathtaking poem, I really enjoyed reading it tonight! Your voice is surely heard through this lovely poem. Congratulations on your honor!!

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    1. Thank you so much Rusty, I appreciate you kind words and am glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  6. Thank you, Isha Wagner, for the following--

    What strikes me most about this poem is the confidence and faith that emerges from a marriage that endured through all seasons; all the tumults through the years; the joys and grievances that a relationship of two people can bring : still the desire to continue remains and even strengthened by the promise of what the future may hold. A pleasure to read.

    Yours sincerely,
    Isha Wagner

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    1. Thank you Isha for your very kind words about my piece, I really appreciate your comments. I am glad that you enjoyed the piece.

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  7. lovely, Peggy! you so deserve this recognition!

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    1. Thanks ayaz! Great to hear from you.

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  8. I loved this Peggy! Congratulations :-)

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  9. Congratulations! An achievement in life and a talent to match. It reads like stepping stones, then you get the bigger picture of the journey. An impressive piece. Ralph

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    1. Thank you Ralph, I appreciate your comments, I love the stepping stones comment, perfect!

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  10. Such a lovely, lovely poem! Congratulations Peggy!

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    1. Thank you so much Sheikha, glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  11. Congrats Peggy well deserved. Pete.

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  12. Beautiful Poem...Congratulations Peggy!

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  13. Congratulations on being selected "Poet on the Month" Peggy. Enjoyed reading your heartfelt poem! Best wishes, Chris~

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    1. Thank you Christine, glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  14. Nice job, Peggy. Congratulations on winning POM. A worthy honor. Dan Tharp

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  15. You can officially call yourself a poet when asked "what do you do?" Congratulations! I love the poem, going from the familial "hey you" to the still, still, now, always, still. This is beautiful. Love, Deb

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    1. Thanks Deb, I really appreciate your heartfelt comments. Much love, Peg

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  16. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    Today, my husband and I celebrate our 58th. Wedding Anniversary. We've had our ups and downs, we've not always agreed but like Peggy's poem, we've traveled together through life, and will carry on ' till death do us part.' There's a huge difference between being ' in love' and ' love,' The passion of ' in love'...then the caring that comes from ' true love.' Peggy describes this so well, it's a wonderful poem full of meaning. Thank you Peggy for sharing this with us all.

    Love from Beth

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    1. Thank you so much Beth for your kind words and Congratulyon your 58th anniversary!!!

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  17. Thank you, Aju, for the following--

    Congratulation to Ms. Peggy Dugan French!

    Aju Mukhoipadhyay

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  18. Thank you Peggy for sharing your amazing poetry and congratulations on your well deserved 'Poet of the Month'. Love and Sincerely--Barbara

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara! Glad you enjoyed the piece

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  19. Lovely poem. The simplicity and beauty left me smiling. The play with history, emotion, romance, faith, belief and just that flow that shows love rules conquering every concern to bring us to better days is something that left me smiling.

    Well done Peggy on such a nice poem and congratulations on being the poet of the month... You are quite deserving. Cheers!

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  20. Thank you so much Su'eddie for you kind words- I am glad that the piece made you smile and that you enjoyed it.

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  21. Congratulation for this honor of being Poet of the Month.
    Thanks for sharing your journey of love and partnership. So few have the real love and acceptance it takes to achieve this kind of enduring love. My hubby and I celebrated 44 years together last December and stil feel wel have a deep love. Feeling blessed.
    Sincerely,
    Suzanne

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  22. Thank you Suzanne for your kind words - I so appreciate them. Congratulations on your 44th anniversary!!

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  23. Congratulations Peggy on being named Whispers Poet of the Month for May 2015, a significant achievement. My wife and I are at the age described in your poem and even our grandchildren are most all grown with families of their own. Still there are memories, good and bad, of the life we have had. Thanks for your insightful poem. Robert

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    1. Thank you for your kink words Robert! Glad you enjoyed the piece.

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  24. Congratulations Peggy!! "steered me in the right direction" is what most impressed me. You and your husband have travelled together through highs and lows, but always followed the right path, thanks to love and faith. My wife and I are lucky to have been happily married for 42 years! May you have many more bright days together! // paul

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    1. Thank you Paul, appreciate your comments!

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  25. Hi Peggy. What a wonderful, touching poem. I really enjoyed this. Nice and soft; meaningful and passionate. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being named Poet of the Month. Continued blessings to you!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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  26. What a beautiful tribute to married love, Peggy!

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  27. Thank you, Gerald McBreen, for the following--

    Peggy Dugan French an excellent choice for "Poet of the Month."
    And a wonderful poem to represent her.

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