I have spoken to a lot of my friends and relatives during this pandemic and discovered a common thread to their activities: going through “old stuff.”  My son recently sent me a short piece I wrote for the local newspaper which ran a contest on Best Pet.  I wrote about Seymour, Lewis’ fish, who didn’t have to be walked, didn’t cost a lot to feed, and never kept us up by barking at strangers. 

Here follows a poem I wrote when I was in High School. I was always proud of it and used to read it to my students in 5th grade when I taught them poetry.  And, BTW, did you know I was voted Class Poet in my High School Graduating Class (of 1078 students)?  



  1. Lewis Baden

    Nice! Yeah, I’ve been going thorough tons of old stuff! Nice blog!!

  2. Rita Seaton

    Loved it Arlene – was great!!

  3. Dennis

    As ingenious and clever a poetic twist
    As ever I may have read.
    Just as I seemed coming out of a mist
    It’s charm had its way with my head!

    • Thank you, Dennis, and I appreciate the poetry! As you saw, I wrote that when I was 16!

  4. Marilyn

    Arlene!! And just think I knew you when! When we were only ten.
    Through good and bad, through thick and thin, through rain and sun, we’ve lost we’ve won. And so dear friend of all these years it’s nice to think again, that we’ll be there to share and care…..with love to you Amen. M.

    • Thank you for reading and writing such a sweet poem! Can’t wait to get together with you ….

  5. susan

    you watched too much Twighlight Zone…..

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