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 Category:  Biographical Poetry
  Posted: December 13, 2019      Views: 84

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Having taught French for seven years, Joan E. went back to graduate school for a Master's degree in Public Administration. She used it in administrative positions at various universities and the Getty Museum and then spent the last fifteen year - more...

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"Holiday Greetings 2019" by Joan E.

Slowing down a little but not too much
Continuing to travel to stay in touch
Returning to Asia to enjoy the view
Seeking out the old as well as the new

On another cruise to the Orient
We stopped twice in Japan leaving storms spent
Marveled at Naha's mangroves and castle
Giant stone dragons and gables nestle

Manila was quite a discovery
With its American cemetery
Our Armed Forces rest in vast stately graves
Not far from the Philippine's ocean waves

Our next sojourn was the High Sierra
Where Yosemite's domes loom forever
Temple to nature framed by waterfalls
Matched by grand sequoias ever so tall

Then a second great cruise to the Baltic
With calm seas and cultures photogenic
The Hermitage well worth a repeat tour
And Isaac's malachite meant to endure

A highlight that should be the "Eighth Wonder"--
Norway's Vigeland Park soars with great thunder
From his stone sculptures saluting mankind
Beside nature's softer side that must bind

November brought big law school gathering
Fifty years since Bob's Stanford scattering
Mingling with old friends was quite a delight
Plus cheering football players to fight--fight--fight

Next our eleventh annual train ride
Unconventional Thanksgiving we glide
With rail-loving son up the winding coast
To San Luis Obispo and a toast

Now December with a conference due
COGEL in Chicago--hope it's not blue
And holds great treasures at the Institute
Plus speakers who lead us with thoughts astute.

Happy holidays-- Joan



Author Notes
COGEL stands the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, and we attend every year, since my husband is a political analyst, who is retired but still teaches current events at local colleges. We leave for Chicago tomorrow and will return Wednesday--hopefully, not chilled to the bone, especially by Southern California standards! Merry, merry- Joan
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