“Early Spring”


The “I Would Like to Be” Read-Aloud Poems 
four of twenty poems
“Early Spring”


                    The Frog


It would do me good to be a frog


sitting still


and still


and still.






that Life will bring by a fly


or a mosquito,


that what I need to live, Life will offer.


I’ll sit alert


and confident;


I’ll practice trusting


in Whatever created me.


I’ll take time


to feel the warm sunlight,


the softness of water,


to hear the sounds of Life:


the hum of dragonflies,


waves lapping on the shore,


wind rustling through reeds,


a splashing fish.


I’ll sit so quiet and alert


That I won’t miss a single moment


of my beautiful life.


I want to be a frog


learning to be quiet


and alert


and trusting.

          Skunk Cabbage

What fun to be a skunk cabbage!


Smells are one of Life’s delights.


Out in the bog


I could be a big, big leaf


unfolding from the smallest center,


reeking through with greenness,


ever bigger,






Life makes many dainty whispers through the woods;


but bursting through decay,


I’d boldly say that winter’s done!


I’d call to all the hibernating woods:


“Wake up! Wake up, you sleeping ones.


Come alive and feel and smell and play again.”


As a skunk cabbage


I’d chase away the doldrums


and wake the woods from trance.






Oh, I want to be a buttercup! A buttercup! A buttercup!


O warm richness!


O passionate color!


O enthusiasm for Life!


I’ll plant myself by a watery place


and laugh for joy.


I’ll glory in the singing birds,


the humming bees, the busy pesky flies,


the dancing breeze.


And the sun’s salvation,


“Relish in the warmth of sun!”


my shining saffron face will sing.


“And don’t forget enthusiasm, passion.


Dance, swim, listen, sing, love,


feel and sense.


Celebrate like me,”


I’ll laugh, the cheerful buttercup!


                        Jack-In-The Pulpit


It would be an honor to be a jack-in-the-pulpit,


oracle of the woods.


With my tri-leaf behind,


erect, serene,


I’ll wait.


From rich roots


through my straight stem


into my waiting cup


will flow wisdom from the Earth-Mother.


Whoever has the calm to sit before me,


to ask a question,




to them I’ll speak,


and tell the truth.


Truth is solid ground,




Standing straight and quiet I will speak.


Who sits up straight and calm and opens their own cup


will hear my thoughts.


We’ll nod to each respectfully,


and they’ll pass on,


while I will wait


to be again an oracle for Wisdom.



Comments on Dancing with the handicapped

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Dear Marti,
What a beautiful story! You must come dancing with me some Saturday night! Have taken up country dancing. Most of our dance partners are over 80 and just enjoy the music and exercise! Love and miss you.

Dr. Dorene P. Wiese
American Indian Association of Illinois
6554 N. Rockwell
Chicago,IL 60645


I loved your story-telling. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Love, Jill Mollenkamp


From: Diane Willis To: Marti Matthews <martim1234@sbcglobal.net> Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:03 PMSubject: Re: “Dancing with the Handicapped”

Lovely story, Marti…..thanks for sharing it.

Diane, IANDS

(Intn’l. Asso. of Near Death Experiences)


From:PATRICIA R MCMILLEN To:Marti Matthews <martim1234@sbcglobal.net> Sent:Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:42 PMSubject:Re: “Dancing with the Handicapped”marti,

loved the piece – tried to comment but apparently i don’t have an “open ID” on wordpress. <sigh> anyway it sounds like you had a good evening and I’m delighted to have read about it.


Dear Marti,
It wasn’t until I read this blog that I realized I could post it on Facebook and I did, introducing it as “Another great blog by my dear friend, Marti Matthews”
Your picture is there and a profile. Wish you could see it!
                  Love, Marian
Marian Tompson
Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life (Hale, 2011)
from: Ethel Potts To: Marti Matthews <martim1234@sbcglobal.net> Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 9:30 AMSubject: Re: “Dancing with the Handicapped”

Dear Marti – Thank you for sharing such delightful parts of your life. You have a real talent for enjoying the heart-warming aspects of every situation. I am learning from you to try to do the same.

I may have some of your viewpoint. In my all-absorbing political work, I lose more often then win on issues and elections, but somehow I happily continue on. [ I’ve wondered if it’s not a personality defect, that I don’t know when to quit, which so many of my colleagues have done over these years.] I think that you and I find meaning and joy wherever we can, right? With my love, Eppie
I felt like I was there too, Lynn. Thanks!
Natalie Kreutzer


from: June Ryushin Tanoue          what a beautiful well written piece- thank you for sharing it with me!

I’d like to use it for my hula newsletter sometime ok? I may have to edit it some and shorten it to a page and a half?

but you should edit in what you said in the paragraph below or people will think that i’m an uncaring teacher ;0)


June Halau I Ka Pono, Hawaiian Hula School of Chicago