Poem of the Week: My Poem Placed!

Lois Batchelor Howard
Palm Springs Branch


A friend said

I must be jumping out of my skin

That’s quite a picture

I see my outsides crumpled

to the floor

…my insides…

a newer younger ‘looks of me’…

jumping and dancing about the room

then about the town

Some time later

when I calmed down a bit

I jumped back into my waiting skin

my excitement and I now ‘one’

waltzing together

in the bright sunlight

shining through the open door



  1. Judy Dye says:

    Lois’s poems tumble from her creative mind at such a pace, it is difficult to keep up with all of them. They are all beautiful, with wonderful imagery.

  2. I like this very much. Especially the last three lines…beautiful imagery.

    waltzing together

    in the bright sunlight

    shining through the open door

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Linda, how nice of you to write. Thank you…very…and your favorite lines are also mine… Me thinks you are a writer. I’d like to read one of your poems or stories. Lots, Lois

  3. Karen Howard says:

    Love the visual I am getting and am ready to shed my skin for a younger version too. Thanks for the mental images and the words to accompany them. Congratulations on words well written.

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Karen, You know me so well that you know I love what you wrote. How lucky can a mother be? when she so loves wondrous thee?!

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  5. Solveig Peck says:

    Dear Lois:
    It’s not surprising when I read this, that I hear your musical side! Lovely!

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Solveig, what a joy it is to read your words. That you hear my musical side helps my beat to leap from andante to allegro. Thanks so!

  6. Janet W Corum says:

    Lois’s poems always speak to me! I treasure each one she shares for I know they come from her soul.
    We have similar interests in music and art which make them even more special.

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Janet, your talents sing from your heart to mine. You always have me trying to make clouds solid. Thank You Hugs for your words… Love, Lois

  7. Marj Charlier says:

    Wonderful! … the image of a body of muscle and bone dancing around town. Imagine what the townsfolk will think! I love the freedom of shedding our old skin, deciding to love it after all, and dancing with the door open.

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Marj, “Thwack!” (as is a title of one of your many books), you gently hit my spirit. Thwack back! Reading your words makes me want to keep dancing around town. Thanks, very…. Lois

  8. anne ring says:

    Oh dear Lois, You have done it again! You manage to turn every iota of life into a super nova! Every time I see the words: by Lois Batchelor Howard, I drop whatever I am doing and sit down to read it – whether a short story, an article and most wonderful a poem. Thank you again dear Lois for making life truly an adventure. Whenever I read anything written by you I am transported into a world of wonder – a world of wonderful words. Love Anne P.S. More please – please Lois, may we have some more?

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Anne, the reply I wrote you seems to have a dance of its own. It was here for a few days. Hope you got to read it. I may have it and will send it to you. You are an absolute dear AND amazingly talented!
      Love our treasured friendship… Lois

  9. Tracy Myers says:

    I love everything you write, Mom II, especially when you’re waltzing in the sunlight!

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Tracy, I feel bad that my response to your loved words also went dancing away. To be continued!
      I love having you as my “adopted” daughter-friend… Much, Mom II

  10. Again, Lois, you took us on your creative voyage and I really enjoyed the trip!

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Patricia, thank you. After reading anything you have ever written, I always feel how special it is, travelling with YOU. Lots, Lois

  11. Judi MacLean says:

    Oh! I Love this! I’ll bet you wrote this in one sitting! When genius hits, you gotta go with it. Judi

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Judi, thank you. You are insightful! and the ‘one’ of me loves your comment. Floating, Lois

  12. Marcia Dunscomb says:


    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Marcia, you always make me feel so lighthearted and happy. Thank you and ‘fabulous’ wishes back to thee! Lots, Lois

  13. Barb Whitmarsh says:


    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Barb, thank you for writing. I find your comment fun and clever. It’s good that we each have our ONE, isn’t it? Merci! Lois

  14. Lois, I love this! The excitement comes through in the jumpy phrasing. The imagery is energizing too – reminscent of butterflies and snakes shedding their skins as they grow. I think I can actually see you happily walzing through that door into the sunshine!

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Brenda, I love your reply. “butterflies and snakes…” Wonderful! Your thoughts elevate the poem. I think the sunshine went from your door to mine. Thanks so… Lois

  15. Janis Ward. says:

    Delightful! Makes one feel younger.

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Janis, thank you…and your words make me feel younger, which was/is a very good place to be. Glad you liked the poem… Lois

  16. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    Lois–I love the image you’ve created and how effectively you’ve described the “new” one we each experience. Wonderful job. Thank you!

    • Lois Batchelor Howard says:

      Sara, thank YOU…and I’m glad we each experience this. We may have met in our mutual sunshine!
      Lots, Lois