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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Faded Rainbows

Faded Rainbows

You can’t have a rainbow without the rain.
You don’t see a rainbow on a bright sunny day.
It takes some of those raindrops in the sky
For the sunlight to reflect colors a certain way.

 

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The Scout

The Scout

I am from a distant star,
but in many ways I’m like you.
My mission has brought me far to
look for a place with food and fuel.

We need a place to send a colony,
so the rest on our planet can live.
Perhaps others will be following me,
with technology in exchange as gifts.

But I don’t know if we will land
on a planet living it’s last breath.
I can’t reason or understand the
obsession for destruction and death.

These are problems we want to avoid,
since it’s like this where we came from.
Here people play with lives like toys.
It’s time to select another sun.

 

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Temporary Trumpet

Temporary Trumpet

The green leaves of the Hibiscus rise above
the blades of grass like a skyscraper,
and a lone bloom announces God’s glory
through the spectrum of bright
yellow to ruby red petals.
Other parts are exposed to reveal a
practical beauty. The music made can
be heard in the wind as the
trumpet basks in the warmth
of the afternoon sun. By the next morning,
the instrument is silenced because the
notes are folded in the petals. The bloom will
fall after another trumpet sounds.

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The Carpenter’s Walls

The Carpenter’s Walls

You and I are the walls of this house,
and our parents form the roof.
Other people we know make the
other homes, Our feelings and attitudes
are the decorations on the walls,
and they change as we change.
Time is expressed in the moments
shared by our memories.
The condition of our house will depend on
the original designs of the Master Architect,
the quality of construction of the Carpenter,
and the repairs made while we
live together in our house.

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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