Poetry Break: ‘Story of a Life’

Editor’s Note:

Poetry is an art form. It’s very subjective. It’s like two people in an art gallery staring at a painting – one likes it, the other thinks it’s disgusting. There are many types of poetry, and I’m a neo-formalist, yet I loved this little piece of “Prose Poetry.” I hope you like it as well. 

By Barbara Drewry

Story of a Life

Like you, I have trudged valleys in mud-covered boots, and sometimes, no boots at all. I have stood atop mountain summits and cheered children, and yes, even myself. Like you.

I have held babies to my bosom, hearts beating together into eternity.

I stand. I fall. I weep. I laugh. So much learned that means so little. In the end, all that matters are forgiveness and gratitude. Love’s glue, these.

My dream still shines. I’ve pulled it out of the clutter. It’s here. It’s now. And Mama is smiling down, these five years since she closed her eyes in that room. My goodbye has become this hello.

Patches pieced. Color on color. Beautiful now. Not worthless at all.

My soul is stilled, daytime or night. All is well. All is gift…from the Giver of light.

Author’s Bio:


My name is Barbara Drewry. I’m a mom, a grandma, a writer, a quilter, a gatherer of little pieces of life that many have, indeed, deemed worthless. They were wrong, of course! Every little piece can be put together with myriad others to make something beautiful.

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    • Rachel – Thank you so much! I was just sitting here needing a smile, and I bumped into the email notification of your comment. So THANK YOU for your kind words, AND also grateful for the timing! 🙂 You have, indeed, blessed me, and blessings to you as well! 🙂 🙂

  1. Barbara, This is lovely. As one who walks in muddy boots both regularly and figuratively, I can feel this. The elation of the mountain top is exhilarating. And love’s glue is holding all the pieces together of your quilt and my mosaic. Thank you for sharing yourself with me. Welcome to Two Drops.

    • michellegunnin – Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s wonderful to be here with all of you! I do, indeed, feel welcome, and I don’t think I knew how much I needed that. Bless you for reaching out and touching my heart. <3

  2. Hi Barbara – Such a lovely piece! Althogh I haven’t seen any of your quilts, I would imagine they are as also patches pieced together in beauty. Do you think your philosophy of life draws its inspiration from your quilts or the quilts you create draw inspiration from your philosophy or life? I am so glad you pulled your dream for the clutter! I am sure your Mama is indeed smiling down. 🙂

    • Terry – Thank you so much for your comments! I would say that my philosophy of life preceded my inspiration for my quilts. Most (though not all) of my quilts are uncomplicated. I love traditional patterns, flannels, homespuns, 1930’s prints, and whimsical ‘kid’ prints, so maybe mine are like the ‘comfort food’ of quilts! Lol… 🙂 I have so many people to make quilts for just in my family (6 kids, 3 spouses, 12 grandchildren, and any day now my second great-grandchild will grace us with her arrival! 🙂 ) I have six big tubs (and several smaller ones) just of scraps….and I do mean SCRAPS….with which I someday hope to make a bunch of scrap quilts, for folks like me who find joy in small, warm things. I don’t believe anything needs to be (or should be) wasted, and I guess I got that from my grandmas more than anyone else. We are, after all, the ones who decide when something is…or isn’t…worthless. I love the old proverb (author unknown), ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.’ ….I do miss my mom every day, and the thought of her ‘smiling down’ is a dear image. THANK YOU so much again! <3

    • mjwriter – I cannot think of a greater honor than to be told my words remind you of your mother. <3 Thank you so much! God bless you! 🙂

    • John – Thank you so much!! 🙂 As a child, dandelions were my favorite flowers, too. Even today, I don’t look at them and see weeds! God bless you! 🙂

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