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This is a collection of poems written by my mother.
My mother, Marie Pearl Newland, was born on March 19, 1921 on a farm outside of Juma, Oklahoma, to Frank Spencer Newland and his wife Mary Florence Chaplin. Grandpa said that Mom was so small he could hold her in one hand. The doctor did not expect Mama to survive, but she did.

My mother did not begin writing poems until she was in her early eighties. I am not sure when she stopped writing, but I suspect it had something to do with the Alzheimer's disease. This collection contains her poems.

A picture of my mother

A Note Written by My Mother:
An essay I originally written in 2012

I opened my mother’s prayer book a several weeks ago and found a note she had written before the doctor diagnosed her with Alzheimer’s disease. She hadn’t dated the note, but I know it was written sometime before 2009. The note read, “I want to live to be 100 years old and still be in good health.” I cried.

I knew Mom wanted to live to be 100, but I don’t know she wrote that goal down. I put the note back in the prayer book, closed it, and got my prayer book and read the Long Healing prayer revealed by Baha’u’llah.

The note and my mother’s present physical conditions have played on my mind for several days. I don’t know if Mom will live to reach 100; I know that if she does live that long she won’t be in good health either physically or mentally.

Fortunately, Mom doesn’t realize that she has Alzheimer’s disease and that she is in poor physical health. If she did she would be devastated, I know this because I made the mistake of mentioning the doctor’s diagnosis once. Mom became angry and wouldn’t believe me. I’m much more careful about what I say to her now. However, the note is still playing on my mind.

I don’t know if I should remove the note from the prayer book and then tear the note to shreds or leave it where it is. Perhaps I should frame it and hang it above my computer to remind myself that no matter what a person wants or how much a person plan, that sometimes... most of the time things don’t turn out as desired or expected. The only thing an individual can do is place every situation in God’s hands and get on with the task of living.

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#36. Waiting Game
ID #1046424 entered on March 15, 2023 at 8:10pm
#35. Left in the Cold
ID #1027052 entered on February 19, 2022 at 2:45pm
#34. Night Drive
ID #1026989 entered on February 18, 2022 at 5:11pm
#33. The Clouds
ID #1026908 entered on February 17, 2022 at 7:19pm
#32. The Flag
ID #1026891 entered on February 17, 2022 at 2:18pm
#31. A Christmas Story
ID #1026831 entered on February 16, 2022 at 5:25pm
#30. Exhaust Fumes in Spring
ID #1026758 entered on February 15, 2022 at 2:36pm
#29. Autumn Wind
ID #1026754 entered on February 15, 2022 at 12:59pm
#28. As I Looked Out My Window
ID #1026722 entered on February 14, 2022 at 9:02pm
#27. Don't Give Up
ID #1026715 entered on February 14, 2022 at 6:33pm
#26. Mother's Day
ID #982399 entered on May 5, 2020 at 1:52pm
#25. Giving Thanks
ID #952231 entered on February 17, 2019 at 4:03pm
#24. Mom's Advice On How To Write Meaningful Poetry
ID #952069 entered on February 15, 2019 at 8:08pm
#23. Seasons in Oklahoma
ID #951859 entered on February 12, 2019 at 6:49pm
#22. Words stir My Imagination
ID #951346 entered on February 6, 2019 at 5:07pm
#21. Night Adventure
ID #948499 entered on December 30, 2018 at 5:19pm
#20. String of Pearls
ID #948498 entered on December 30, 2018 at 5:10pm
#19. The Rose: Version Two
ID #947939 entered on December 21, 2018 at 5:15pm
#18. Imagination
ID #947831 entered on December 19, 2018 at 8:22pm
#17. Birthday Greeting
ID #947830 entered on December 19, 2018 at 8:16pm
#16. Love
ID #947395 entered on December 13, 2018 at 3:46pm
#15. I Came To Nevada (Mom's own words)
ID #946349 entered on November 26, 2018 at 3:42pm
#14. Today is the Day
ID #945874 entered on November 19, 2018 at 5:40pm
#13. Halloween
ID #945872 entered on November 19, 2018 at 5:34pm
#12. Mojave Max and Groundhog
ID #945186 entered on November 8, 2018 at 9:24pm

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