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Shelton Ponder

Shelton finally attended a class reunion and during the late nite chatting said he would share some of his poetry. We are glad he did. Since he has not moved into the 20th century and has no computer any comments you wish to send about his works will be forwarded to him via snail mail.

To My Friend and Brothers

We cluster in the form of our comfort

Searching the atmosphere for our own niche

Hovering as hummingbirds over

The nectar we have chosen as life's way.

Upstairs that take us awy from

Earth and higher in our minds with

Greater expected returns on our only

Initial investment - The Will, Too.

Joined in the frantic flight with ally

The quest has the truest conviction

Where reality is placed without
Reproach for explanation, Nor Answer

Chording life the strung instrument
Where fancy bequeaths noble fashion
To be lived with charge of Zeal
Abound beyond spheres
Lest desire heeds to beckon of heart
And no labor goes unwarranted

As we live our souls' Greatest Esteem.

                                           Shelton Ponder


AFTER MRS. GWENDOLYN BROOKS

WE'LL NOT SIT AT HER FEET
EXCEPT
BY MONITORING HER
WORDS
THAT CAUSED AND REFLECTED
AND WARNED
HER LAST COMMENT
HAS NOT BEEN
WITHDRAWN
SINCE IT REMAINS
UNTIL THERE IS 
NO WRITTEN WORD
BECAUSE WHE WOULD HAVE
THE LAST.
A PROPER POSE WITH
HER ANKLES CROSSED
SERVES AS OMNIPRESENT
REMINDER 
THAT WHILE WHE WAITED
ONLY THE PRECIOUS WOULD
BE DELIVERED
NO MATTER HOW BRIEF
THE SPAN
IT ALL COMES

AFTER MRS. GWEN BROOKS.  

                                               SHELTON PONDER



This batch is made up of short, untitled, poems

Having you as
A good Friend
  Is one thing
  Loving you as
  A good Friend
      Is another
  Being a good
         Friend
Keeps me whole.  

                      --Shelton Ponder


The waving Leaves
    Signal
Another wonderful
Moment
Of my love
For You
                         Shelton

Today 
Is all the
Tomorrows 
We dreamed of
And 
Needed
                         Shelton

Some Joys
Will cascade
To tremendous 
Fulfillment
With no ally
But
More Joys.
You enhance
All that Are
And 
Will Be.
                    Shelton

Know A Smile
Within Me
Reigns For You
With All The
Enthusiasm
That A Lovely
Sunrise Brings.
                    Shelton

As Lovers

As lovers we survey
Our feelings with
Sparkling eyes
And gentle touches
Displaying heartfelt
Emotions
To s syncopated
Rhythm
As only
Lovers' Hearts
Can do. 

                              Shelton Ponder

OUR LOVE

OUR LOVE
HAS NO LIMITS
KNOWN OR UNKNOWN.

OUR LOVE
IS UNEQUALLED
AND
DELIGHTFULLY SO
AS SUNSETS AND
SONNETS BECKON
ONLY JOY.

                               SHELTON PONDER

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me                                       First Monday
Yes  I know                                          We chatted about love
I knew before they told me                           Yes, Jesus and me
And, why shouldn't I                                 I knew you would soon
Because I was here                                   Know my secret
Long before they told me.                            And after all this time 
Yes, I told you first                                Ain't you waited long 
And I know you wonder                                 Enough
How did I                                            Because yes I knew
Even though you say                                   Long beforoe they told me
You were here first.                                  I told Him to
I always knew He loves Me                             Yes, Child
For I was here on the                                 Jesus loves me
                                                      I knew
                                                      And have since told them. 
                                                                      
                                                           Shelton Ponder


Whispering (In a whisper)

Whispering isn't only quiet
It's impolite in public
And everybody still does.
The strength of worlds
Is build on and through
Whispers.
Souls go to rest
Attitudes become opinionated 
And whispers remain a secret
Until told - Not kept!
What was that again
You'll have to speak
In a whisper. 
                                          Shelton Ponder

Sun Bathing

I was a sun lover
Long before it was
Fashionable for us
But, the sun was always
Fashionable
Because working in it
Made it so
We sought the shade
And knew after the break
Where we were destined
To be again.
To those who had
The luxury of the big house
And the wrath of us
To go along with it.
Now, all seek
The sun
Though it's lovely 
To be bronzed
It is even more lovely
To be blacker in 
Sun Bathing. 
                               Shelton Ponder

A Song

Autumn's song is sung
As falling leaves
Kiss the ground
In tones
Unable to be produced
By modern day instruments
And, each leaf
Sings its own song
Never to be sung
By it again.
                              Shelton Ponder


In the dark without you

I lie bare				I find myself content
And I feel the dark on me		Not without
Where every inch is covered		In the dark without you
And no crack untouched		        Truly encased in the mellow
Though I know my size			Darkness
I am more in the			It fills the room
Mold of darkness			And will yield to a pierce
Perfectly fit				How wonderful the dark
Without needed alterations		How peaceful and full of peace
Any growth I make 			I am
Is fit as it is done			In the dark without you.	
What a tailor
So silent and unnoticeable 				Sand Script II

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