Thursday, August 11, 2016

Poem of the Day: “I Knew” by JE Deegan

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “I Knew” by JE Deegan.  Deegan holds a BA in English from Colgate University and has taught Language Arts in public and private schools for twenty years. He has also worked as a journalist and as a communications specialist in advertising and public relations.

Deegan has had over fifty articles on a variety of subjects published in trade journal magazines. He also has a published volume of poetry, The Moments In Between, and has had short stories published on Internet sites and in a number of small-press magazines. A collection of short stories entitled Limboland was published in 2006 by Fine Tooth Press and is available on the Internet.  He also has a published collection of children’s stories entitled When I Was a Little Guy.

Deegan and resides in Spring, Texas with his wife.  They have three children and six grandchildren.

I Knew
JE Deegan

You were dressed in blue that day,
Your hair a lovely amber tide
Spilling in waves
Upon your shoulders.
                And I knew.
You were smiling softly,
Eyes bright and dancing,
Your face a shining beacon
To all who passed your way.
                And I knew.
I watched from the shadows,
Well beyond your notice
And fully aware
Of my privileged place.
                And I knew.
Enthralled, my heart swelling,
I could but stare at you
And humbly thank God
That you had finally come.
                And I knew.
Though we had yet to meet
That I would spend
The rest of my life
Loving you.
                Yes I knew.

Poet's Notes:  Every year since 1984 I have written poems for my wife on seven special days: Valentine's Day; Easter; Mother's Day; our wedding anniversary; her birthday; Thanksgiving; and Christmas. “I Knew” is her birthday poem from 1985.  It expresses how I felt the first time I saw her. It's a true-story poem. Yes, I knew.

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