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Notre Dame in Paris
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historic faith icon
survived for centuries
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crumbles in flames
hymns sung ~ prayers said
people weep ~ vigil kept
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TPOS prompt: 3/21 Loss
February 9, 2016 TPOS prompt: drastic life event
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photo: free use photo with my words

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……………….Sigrid Saradunn

Citrus fruit squeezer like my Mother would have used back in my childhood and beyond.


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fresh squeezed orange juice
it was the norm growing up
helping Mother squeeze the orange juice
essence of orange on our hands
getting every drop of juice to share
sunshine in every sip

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published in
POSTED ON MARCH 27, 2019 BY KATHABELA WILSON
Poets Salon: The Scent of Orange
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Please go to the link below for the other wonderful Scent of Orange poems.
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https://www.coloradoboulevard.net/poets-salon-the-scent-of-orange/?fbclid=IwAR16SYNuuS34WfiaH1kdfpo1SMs9cNYe1QSuqgaqC9wnJx5dtl_NoZnXLCw



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marriage well lived ~ love to last breath
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husband and wife start as two
become matriarch and patriarch
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have legacy of seventeen ~ nineteen with them
through thick and thin ~ in sickness and health
though parted by death ~ still together in spirit
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TPOS cherita form ~ May 20, 2016 prompt: “quiet affection….”

photo: Joan and Ralph, April 1, 2018
Married August 10, 1963
Joan ~ born March 21, 1940 ~ Died April 13, 2018



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always young at heart
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not a surprise to see Mimi rolling along
all decked out in safety gear

laughing all the way
when we hear thunder in the sky
maybe it is Mimi roller blading across the sky
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……….cherita form
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One of my favorite memories of Joan (Mimi)
was the grand-children helping her put the skates on,
the knee pads an helmet …
skating from the kitchen thru the dining room and beyond.
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TPOS August 2016 prompt: the unexpected
…………cherita form
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photo; Saradunn 3/21/1999



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loss of a prayerful friend
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Joan was faithful in prayer
She believed in the power of prayer
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turning needs over to God
in prayer and “letting Him take over”
accepting His will not hers
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……………..cherita form
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Joan would show me how she learned
to pray, clasp hands in prayer and open
the fingers of one hand one finger
at at time ~ a reminder of each
prayer petition:
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1. Praise
2. Thanksgiving
3. for Someone Else
4. Confession
5. Request for You, last, maybe for strength, comfort
the right words, thoughts, emotions in a situation
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TPOS prompt: November 8, 2014
the loss of a friend
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originally written for
May 3, 2018 National Day of Prayer

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For myself, giving prayers of thanks
for when Joan,
~ way back in the last century ~
Joan invited me to be on a prayer chain.
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Back before the internet,
and before cell phones,
an ongoing confidential list
was kept and updated by Joan.
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I kept my list in a small notebook …
that I still have with my journals.
Then the list kept
on an e-mail kept a special file.
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With the discovery
of computer post-a-notes
my prayer partner, and I,
keep each othersfriends and family,
the needs of the world
in lifted prayer each day.
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I call it “Joan’s Prayer list” still.
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photo: free use image from internet



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Remembering Joan
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Joan, teacher to all ages ~ especially the young
loved the stories from the Bible

The Nativity story dear to her
Noah’s Ark a favorite
she firmly belived God’s promises kept
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Joan’s sermon’s always well prepared and delivered.
Not to be missed… the message and how she kept
our attention.
Between her sermons, adult ed at church, Church School,
Sunshine Nursery School, the Girl Scouts
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presentations Joan taught untold numbers of people about
her faith, in word and how she lived her life.
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Photos:
3. Joan, Christmas 2003, ready for the Nativity pageant.
2. Noah’s Ark in my kitchen window… don’t even know how long..decades..
always think of Joan when I look at it
3. The Nativity book that I remember Joan getting so excited
about … she loved the story all her life and this was a modern
take on illustrations

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TPOS prompt: November 8, 2014 …the loss of a friend
Cherita form



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love of shared enthusiasm creating memories
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Joan and Ralph ~ two peas in a pod
loved a good adventure, traditions a must

off to the Common Ground Fair 1989
hurricane HUGO no problem with rain gear,
enthusiastic we set off ~ had a grand time
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……..cherita fom
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Not much would stop Joan from something she had
planned. Not even a hurricane… tho snow and sleet
and chance of black ice the exception.
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I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know
Joan’s parents since if we were near Augusta,
we would stop in to at least say hello and visit a
short time.
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On the way home, from trips that were south of
Augusta, after a visit with Joan’s parents, later,
just her mom, we would stop at Perry’s Nut
House in Belfast. Ralph would buy at least some
chocolate covered nuts, Joan and I would roam the store
looking for fun and odd things and laugh.
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TPOS prompt April 8, 2014: adventure
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photos: 1. Common Ground poster for 1989
2. Perry’s Nut House (c) 9/1989 Sigrid Stevens ( Saradunn)