My Poems

I Didn’t See That Coming

Shell I tell you what I suddenly see                                                                                   A little girl grew up in front of me                                                                                          It's like I barely even turned around                                                                              There you stood in this beautiful gown

Yesterday you had just turned six                                                                           Wrestling boys and throwing sticks                                                                                This has really happened, can you see                                                                    You've grown up quickly and quite pretty

I didn't take enough pictures or keep a baby book  Now I see you and my feelings have been shook  Look at yourself and forgive me while I have a cry  I didn't even get to say to that little girl goodbye

Author Eileen Clark 2023

Image ~ My Granddaughter Taylor

My Paintings

I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes

I cannot dance upon my Toes
No Man instructed me
But oftentimes, among my mind,
A Glee possesseth me,

That had I Ballet knowledge
Would put itself abroad
In Pirouette to blanch a Troupe
Or lay a Prima, mad,

And though I had no Gown of Gauze
No Ringlet, to my Hair,
Nor hopped to Audiences, like Birds,
One Claw upon the Air,

Nor tossed my shape in Eider Balls,
Nor rolled on wheels of snow
Till I was out of sight, in sound,
The House encore me so

Nor any know I know the Art
I mention, easy, Here
Nor any Placard boast me
It’s full as Opera

Author Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Little-known during her life, she has since been regarded as one of the most important figures in American poetry. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, into a prominent family with strong ties to its community.

Born: December 10, 1830 ~ Died: May 15, 1886

Education: Mount Holyoke College (1847–1848), Amherst Academy (1840–1847)

My Paintings

Behind The Tree In The Woods

The Leaf Makers

My daughter has the book that the tree picture is in, quite old it is. The set was given to me and my two brothers on Christmas morning in 1939. I was born on December 9, 1939.​ Many years I had sat on my bed staring at this beautiful tree with the little houses wanting so badly to have my body shrink down to the size of a pixie and climb those little stairs up into the houses. I thought if I stared long enough and hard enough I could do it. Keep in mind we had no TV’s, video games or iPads, just books and lots of imagination. The page has a slight tan color and a tare here and there. I suggested to my daughter that there might be a way to preserve certain pages in the book because of viewing it over and over and over. I am done with it now because I have the picture and a poem I wrote about that tree preserved on my website and my heart.

Author Eileen Clark 2022

Image: “The Leaf Makers” Our Wonder World, by Geo. L. Shuman & Co., Volume 5, the children’s story book.