The Tree and Me

The Tree and Me

I am a leaf on a stem
on a branch on a
larger branch on
a trunk of a tree.
I am an important part of this small community.
There are thousands of leaves just like me,
and when the wind blows I sway in the breeze.
I know of my final destiny, but is this all life has to be?
With respect to my
family, I believe I
know what I can do has
multiple possibilities
besides being just a
leaf in a tree. I want to
make my mark in history.

 

Did you know that Elias Tobias has published two books, and one is an anthology of 145 poems, and the other a short story murder mystery? For complete information about these books and how to purchase them, click here..

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The Difference Between Swords and Words

A poem from Karen Ladonnavich, the LSC’s newest member and also the organization’s first woman member.

The Difference Between Swords and Words

A swift sword helps create an empire,
soiled by the blood of those who rise against it.
The razor-sharp edge keeps people in line,
but over time the metal which supports the edge
loses its strength, and can no longer be trusted.
The edge can get dull, and be easily rusted.
The unity is threatened when the blade can break,
but a new, and more dangerous weapon can
be forged from the mold of the master sword,
and the harmony is restored among the nations,
who have no hate or strife among the people
except for ruling power which controls them.

The sword of the new generation tries to
keep the dynasty alive, but it really cuts down
every chance of successful reign since the
new blades dull even faster than before.
Violence will erupt, and the revolution begins.
Words of peace are spoken by a prophet,
and they are recorded for generations to believe.
Many are still hurt and killed by newer swords,
but the edge gives way to the words of life.
A new era begins with hope for the future.

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20 Tons of Love

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A poem from Karen Ladonnavich, the LSC’s newest member and also the organization’s first woman member.

20 Tons of Love

Your love hit me like a 18-wheeler
with a full load on the highway
straight to my heart.
But you have delivered at the dock,
left me alone at home,
and now we’re apart.
You said there was another place
for you to be, but honey,
where does that leave me?
Now matter where you park your rig,
I figure there will be a time you’ll
remember when we were together.
Then you’ll get diesel in your tanks
and make the miles burn to the
place where your heart can learn
to park your 20 tons of love.

To read about the other members of the Lambda Sigma Chi’s , click on the LSC logo at the top of this page or click here

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Recipe for Tea

A poem from Karen Ladonnavich, the LSC’s newest member and also the organization’s first woman member.

Recipe for Tea

It’s important to me to have the
proper temperature of hot water for tea,
and it’s also important the time
each tea bag is allowed to steep.
When the kettle starts to whistle,
only then is the water hot enough,
and after in the cup, take the bags
out or the flavors of tea get tough.

To read about the other members of the Lambda Sigma Chi’s , click on the LSC logo at the top of this page or click here

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Near the threshold of love and hate

A poem from Karen Ladonnavich, the LSC’s newest member and also the organization’s first woman member.

Near the threshold of love and hate

There’s a thin line between ecstasy and pain,
somewhere near the threshold of love and hate.
The difference decides marriage and divorce rates.
The anxiety created affects outcomes of first dates.
Fear of the unknown makes many people wait.
Results are a matter of personal will or of fate.

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Post Cards from the Past

A poem from Karen Ladonnavich, the LSC’s newest member and also the organization’s first woman member. Adrian Parker, one of first LSC brothers, nominated her with the suggestion the all-male fraternity has become more like a professional or honorary type of fraternity.

Karen Ladonnavich is a real estate executive and manager for a major real estate company with an office in Peoria, Ill., where Parker has been an insurance agency since the 1990’s. He has successfully built up his agency to the point where he and his wife and four children from their marriage and past marriages have moved to a new house, brokered of course, by Ladonnavich. By now, most of the children have moved away and started their own families. The new residence has become “grandpa’s house” and Adrian his considering an early retirement to play the new role as a grandparent.

Parker and Ladonnavich are members of a Peoria -area chapter of an organization called BNI, that stands for Businesses Networking International, which thrives on its members referring business to each other, and the referrals are measured in dollars. Over the years, the homes Ladonnavich has sold were sometimes insured by Parker’s business, and Parker brought her new clients as well. As members, they got to know each other as friends and he discovered her hobby of writing poetry. After a review of her work and other later discussions, Parker has made a formal nomination to include her as a member of the unofficial Lambda Sigma Chi fraternity.

Here is her debut poem.

Post Cards from the Past

Post cards from the past
from places when we were apart
show the strength of love in our hearts.
Colors may be a bit faded but there’s
still an image to see,
and I will always remember
how well you made love to me.

Post cards from the past
from places when we were together
remind me that our love will last forever.
They say in the middle of trust is us,
and we have created a new reality,
a love which grows when you’re gone,
and continues when you’re with me.

 

To read about the other members of the Lambda Sigma Chi’s , click on the LSC logo at the top of this page or click here

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Woman voted in as first female member of writing fraternity

Karen Ladonnavich is new member of unofficial Lambda Sigma Chi fraternity

Karen Ladonnavich

For the first time in its history, the unofficial Lambda Sigma Chi fraternity at the World of words by Elias Tobias has included a woman in its ranks. Karen Ladonnavich, a real estate executive and manager for a major real estate company with an office in Peoria, Ill., was admitted as of July 1, 2018,

She was sponsored by LSC brother Adrian Parker who has established himself as a major contributor to the website, and with this nomination, has suggested the all-male fraternity has become more like a professional or honorary type of fraternity.  Parker argued that if the boy scouts can allow girls in cub scouts and females in that organization’s leadership, then the Lambda Sigma Chi’s could include a qualified female.

Parker has had an insurance agency since the 1990’s. and worked with Ladonnavich in connection with his business.  He has successfully built up his agency to the point where he and his wife and four children from their marriage and past marriages have moved to a new house, brokered of course, by Ladonnavich.  By now, most of his children have moved away and started their own families.  The new residence has become “grandpa’s house” and Adrian his considering an early retirement to play the new role as a grandparent.

Parker and Ladonnavich are members of a Peoria -area chapter of an organization called BNI, that stands for Businesses Networking International, which thrives on its members referring business to each other, and the referrals are measured in dollars.  Over the years, the homes Ladonnavich has sold were sometimes insured by Parker’s business, and Parker brought her new clients as well.  As members, they got to know each other as friends and he discovered her hobby of writing poetry.  After a review of her work and other later discussions, Parker made a formal nomination to include her as a member of the unofficial Lambda Sigma Chi fraternity.

Copies of her portfolio of work were sent to the other members of the Lambda Sigma Chi fraternity, and the work was considered for the last two months.  The vote of the membership for its first female member the all-male group was unanimous.

 

Did you know that Elias Tobias has published two books, and one is an anthology of 145 poems, and the other a short story murder mystery? For complete information about these books and how to purchase them, click here..

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The Bus Stop on Grand Avenue

The Bus Stop on Grand Avenue

It’s a landmark on the corner
of Grand and Market streets.
The cement primitive shelter,
a bench surrounded on three sides
by new and faded advertisements
for movies and cigarettes,
stands guard in the whispering wind,
drenching rain, biting snow and
intense heat. The permanently
mounted cement seat for three (or four)
has welcomed friends and strangers,
lovers and haters, the lost and the
found even though the hard
surface of the seat is uncomfortable.
The place is temporary, for some, and
permanent for others. Although routes
may change, the bus will stop here.

Did you know that Elias Tobias has published two books, and one is an anthology of 145 poems, and the other a short story murder mystery? For complete information about these books and how to purchase them, click here..

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The show must go on

The show must go on

Where do you think you’re going,
with your wheels spinning round and round?
Do you know what good choices to make,
or are you lost and can’t be found?
You say this is what you want to do,
or is this just another need?
Is this just a meal for you, or
is this a hunger you have to feed?
You smile and put on a fantastic show
but your façade hides your many fears.
When the lights go down, and people go
You spend time with your tears.
I know what you are going through,
since I’ve been in that place before.
I checked my frown, and put on the
smile as I walked out that door.
It’s alright for you to make mistakes,
but don’t get hurt hitting the floor.
I’ve hit the ground myself once or twice.
Get over all that pride, get up, stand up,
and if you need it, get a bag of ice.

 

Did you know that Elias Tobias has published two books, and one is an anthology of 145 poems, and the other a short story murder mystery? For complete information about these books and how to purchase them, click here..

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Father’s Day poem

For all the fathers, past and present
on Father’s day June 17, 2018

Elias Tobias

Father’s Day poem

This Father’s day poem is hard to write.
I want it to be classy, witty, and bright.
I want it to be different, original and new,
not a store-bought poem for many “you’s”.
I want it to have meaning for all time,
and somehow have a sense of rhyme.
I want it to reflect an image of the past,
an image that is real, positive and has
implied a note of thanks for things learned.
Even with mistakes, bridges are not burned.
Hundreds of poems grew from my imagination,
a few have been honored with publication.
They come easy; my fingers just type.
But this one is special; it has to be right.
Sometimes words get in the way of what
my heart really would like to like to say.
So here, Dad, is a poem for your Father’s Day.

 

Did you know that Elias Tobias has published two books, and one is an anthology of 145 poems, and the other a short story murder mystery? For complete information about these books and how to purchase them, click here..

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