Saturday, June 1, 2019




Humanity is seen by the treatment you are given
and though some may appear to be loving and kind
it is only through dealings with them that they
reveal their true nature

There are those who have been graced with a
soul full of love and caring and who spread this
around with their words and deeds

They expect no praise for their efforts and continue
to shower the world with expressions of adoration
bringing sunshine to all they do

Their brilliance outshines the pettiness and underhanded
deeds of the very few who seek to tarnish their name
and they will always come out on top of those
who attempt to smear their shiny lives

The love of these people is immeasurable and precious
and we must guard their tender hearts
for they are the true essence of humanity
Copyright 2019 by Barbara Ehrentreu


Anger arrives knocking over established furniture
in your life and bringing with it a strong wind
that leaps through with force
toppling normal functions and creating
a battleground where none had been before

As it slows -- this fury builds inside until
thought no longer controls brain functions
and the only way to deal with it is to
stand back and chastise yourself
for allowing this uncontrolled emotion
to rip through your life and create
tension and unrest in people who are
not the result of it

Yet on some plane they are because they are
around and might have precipitated the spark
that set off this tirade causing you to want to
throw things and slam anything you can find
to the ground

Anger is a recalcitrant child who must always
be tamed for if it is allowed to run rampant
you will find your life will look like a storm
has come through and sadly there is no
insurance for the destruction of a person’s life

So when those times happen
when anger slips out of its usual constraints
you must reign it in or else you will be sweeping
up the remnants of that moment when anger
caused your day to be one more notch in its
belt of misery.
Copyright 2018 by Barbara Ehrentreu


The river wound around bends and corners
Sinuous as a snake It went past homes
where no one spent
any time outdoors
One wondered why build on such land if you
don’t come out to survey it for yourself?

Sleek and satiny the water pulsed with
an inner movement seen only if you put
your hand in and then you didn’t really see
it but felt the pressure of all that current
on your skin pushing against it
and I imagine the fish felt it too if they went upstream

But we were going downstream and the current
flowed the right way moving us at a strong clip
down the valley -- and you could see that water
In the white wakes we left behind us –
the Interlopers on this body of water
Sailing above the real inhabitants underneath us

I lay flat on the deck of our boat
My legs splayed and felt the sun beat
down on my limbs as if I were being barbecued.
That reminded me of food and the satisfying
saucy goodness of real down home eats
at the end of this trip

And I let the river do its job
My stomach rumbling to the rhythm of the
movement as we glided along on the back
of the water on a summer’s day
the current navigating as I lay
splayed legs flat against the warm wood
of the gently used boat soaking up the day.
Copyright 2019 by Barbara Ehrentreu


BARBARA EHRENTREU grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Queens. She has lived and taught in Long Island, Buffalo, NY and Westchester, NY as well as a year in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Masters Degree in Reading and Writing K-12. Currently she is retired from teaching and living in Stamford, CT with her family. If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor, her first novel, won second prize in Preditors & Editors as Best Young Adult Book for 2011, and her second novel, After is now available in print. Barbara also writes poetry. She has a book called You’ll Probably Forget Me: Living With and Without Hal, which is a memorial to her deceased husband. Several of her poems are published in the anthologies, World Poetry Open Mic, several international anthologies, Queen, Prompted: An International Collection of Poetry, Beyond the Dark Room, Storm Cycle and Backlit Barbell. Her short screenplay, “The Kiss” won awards at film festivals. Recently, her poem "TO CATCH THE UNIVERSE ” published in the September, 2019 OUR POETRY ARCHIVE was part of an art exhibition in a local library. Her poem “A WALK DOWN THE PATH OF MY MEMORIES” has been selected to be in The Walt Whitman Bicentennial Anthology for 2019. Barbara is a regular contributor to the Facebook page: “The Garden of Poetry and Prose” and United States Administrator for “Motivational Strips”. She has a blog, Barbara's Meanderings, and hosts a radio show on Blog Talk Radio, Red River Radio Tales from the Pages, once a month. She is a member of Greenwich Pen Letters and SCBWI.

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