The Petals in Your Pocket

An annual rerun of this poem (and of course “It’s a Wonderful Life”)!

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“ZuZu’s Petals”
~Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”~

Our children had to be convinced
Watching black and white holiday movies
Was worthwhile~
This old tale and its characters
Caught them up right away
From steadfast George Bailey
to evil Mr. Potter-
They resonate in our hearts.

What surprised me most
Was our sons’ response to Donna Reed’s Mary:
~where can we find one like her?
Her loyalty and love unequaled,
Never wavering…

I want to be like her for you.
When things go sour
I won’t forget what brought us together
In the first place.
I’m warmth in the middle-of-the-night storm
When you need shelter.
I’m ZuZu’s petals in your pocket
When you are trying to find your way back home.

 

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Preparing the Heart: The Petals in Your Pocket

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“ZuZu’s Petals”
~Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”~

Our children had to be convinced
Watching black and white holiday movies
Was worthwhile~
This old tale and its characters
Caught them up right away
From steadfast George Bailey
to evil Mr. Potter-
They resonate in our hearts.

What surprised me most
Was our sons’ response to Donna Reed’s Mary:
~where can we find one like her?
Her loyalty and love unequaled,
Never wavering…

I want to be like her for you.
When things go sour
I won’t forget what brought us together
In the first place.
I’m warmth in the middle-of-the-night storm
When you need shelter.
I’m ZuZu’s petals in your pocket
When you are trying to find your way back home.

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ZuZu’s Petals (on watching “It’s A Wonderful Life”)

Our sons were always skeptical
of movies filmed in black and white
until they saw the classic tale
where steadfast George fights Potter’s might.

Amusing most was their clear view
that Mary, George’s gentle wife
was“hot” and it was very true
that she would love him all her life.

I want to be like her for you
when times are hard and uncontrolled.
I won’t forget what we’ve been through
to be your shelter in the cold.

I’m ZuZu’s petals tucked in close
whenever you are lost in storm.
Your pocket full of scent of rose
to bring you home to where it’s warm.

 


I needed to revise this to a metered, rhyming format for a poetry class I’m taking–my original version is here

ZuZu’s Petals

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ZuZu’s Petals
Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Our sons had to be convinced
Watching black and white movies
Was worthwhile
This old tale and its characters
Caught them up right away
From steadfast George to evil Mr. Potter
They resonate in our hearts

What surprised me most
Was their response to Donna Reed’s Mary
As “hot”–where can we find one like her?
Her loyalty and love unequaled
Never wavering

I want to be like her for you
When things go sour
I won’t forget what brought us together
In the first place
I’m warmth in the middle-of-the-night storm
When you need shelter
I’m ZuZu’s petals in your pocket
When you are trying to find your way home.